Brown is Beautiful: 1988 Lincoln Mark VII LSC – Sold!
If you were younger than your grandparents and still found yourself in a Lincoln dealer in the late 80s, a Mark VII LSC coupe was likely your weapon of choice for executive transport. Like Lincolns from generations prior, many were kept out of daily use and preserved as sunny-day drivers, and this 1988 model listed for $8,500 on Craigslist on Long Island has just 48,000 with a gorgeous caramel leather interior. The listing is short on details but the pictures speak volumes as to its condition, and checking the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool confirms this private seller has priced his well-preserved Lincoln fairly, with “Excellent” condition valued at $10,400, and “Good” condition vehicles priced much lower at $4,900 – that’s quite a spread.
When Lincoln conceived the Mark VII, it set its sights on foreign competition rather than simply building a bigger boat to go head to head with whatever Chevrolet or Buick had come up with that year. The Mark VII was trimmed down and given a slicked-back hairdo, another way of looking at its wind-cheating aerodynamics. Clearly, this marked a departure from how Lincoln had been building its personal luxury coupes up until this point, and it showed. The LSC trim was intended to be the sportier choice, next to the hyper-luxurious Bill Blass edition. By the time the 88s showed up in dealers, the 5.0L V8 was pushing out a healthy 225 horsepower, making performance respectable and handling decent, aided by 16-inch wheels on the LSC models.
We will never defend listing older vehicles for sale with next to no information, but fortunately, the pictures of this Mark VII LSC coupe seem to speak volumes about its condition and presumed upkeep. The interior does, legitimately, look brand new, and the paintwork appears tidy despite pictures being taken on a cloudy day. The driver’s seat is the only one with any apparent signs of use, as the rest of the cabin looks untouched, from the door panels to the carpets. The same goes for the one photo of the venerable 5.0, which is very nicely detailed with an intake manifold that presents as-new. Despite being an older luxury car, these are fairly stout machines that won’t bleed you dry if old-age issues creep up. If you’re interested in seeing if the seller is more chatty in person, drop them a line and let us know if you take this sweet LSC home.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Car is garage kept and is clean.“
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