Pristine Collector’s Edition: 1998 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC – $17,000
If there’s one thing Lincoln is known for, it’s building high-end personal luxury coupes that are big on size and comfort, and low on miles per gallon. The final iteration of this classic model that even today remains synonymous with the Lincoln brand is the Lincoln Mark VIII coupe. This 1998 model listed here on Craigslist in Wesley Chapel, Florida is one of only a handful of “final fling” Collector’s Editions made before the model was phased out, with an asking price of $17,000. Comparing this price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool reveals that this seller has priced his car well above the Concours price tag of $12,000 – but given how few of these Collector’s Editions were made, does he have a point? If you are serious about buying this Mark VIII, you can start the conversation emailing the seller here. When you do, please remember to mention you saw his coupe featured here on GuysWithRides.com.
If you spend any time watching mobster films from the 1970s to the present day, there’s a good chance you’ll see a big-body Lincoln coupe being driven by a hitman within the first five minutes of watching. It makes sense – loads of luxury, huge trunks, and engine displacement that earned you bragging rights, even if the actual power output was nothing to be proud of. By the late 80s, the Mark series had gotten some of its mojo back with the 5.0L V8-powered Mark VII, which came in a variety of flavors including the famous Bill Blass edition and gorgeous monochrome LSC. The Mark VIII was clearly an attempt to bring Lincoln’s classic coupe into the modern era, but it was too late: demographics were changing quickly, and the personal luxury coupe just didn’t translate to 90s luxury car shoppers.
Here’s a MotorWeek RetroReview of the essentially identical 1987 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC posted on YouTube:
Now, as mentioned above, this Mark VIII is priced well above Hagerty’s top value tier. However, given this is quite literally one of the last cars made and it has very low mileage with excellent cosmetics – well, it could be seen as a touch unrepeatable. The seller pegs mileage at 64,000, and given the Collector’s Edition trim represents a series of cosmetic upgrades, finding a low mileage car helps ensure those details remain in excellent nick. These limited edition models received two-tone leather interiors; unique badges; woodgrain trim emblazoned with “Collectors Edition”; unique floor mats; and, to top it all off, an eight-piece silver ingot gift set featuring each era of the Mark series. The seller is the original owner, who also happened to spring for the $365 White Pearlescent Tri-coat Metallic paint option. This Mark VIII is expensive, but it’s also likely one of the best ones left. Good luck with the purchase if you take this Lincoln home.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Collectors Edition Lincoln Mark 8 LSC only 64k pampered miles. Collector car # 643. Pearl white is the color and its beautiful. Very Super Clean Rare Car with low miles. You will NOT find another better cared for Immaculate one like this for this price. Factory 300hp 4.6 cobra motor. < these motors are bullet proof and super reliable. Everything works including rear neon light! Very Super duper clean Florida car titled in my name , I am not a car dealer. She’s a garage Queen, spent most of her life being rubbed with a Diaper and waxed. NO dents or scratches never had an accident, clean title in my name. in family since new.
If you are serious about purchasing, reply by e-mail with your contact info and best time to call. it has 64,000 miles on it and drives like a brand new car !!! I’ve been getting 22mpg around town and 26 miles per gallon on the Highway. I am not a car dealer, this has been my car since new. Ive had the car since it was brand new and have taken excellent care of her. Amsoil, synthetic oil in the engine since new and she runs perfect !!!
Everything works as it should like it was new and it runs and drives perfect. New engine air and interior air filter. The Air Conditioning is super cold, heat works great. Just bought four new matching tires less than 2 months ago. The battery is new and holds excellent charge. New Windshield wipers.
1998 Lincoln Mark 8 LSC Collectors Edition 64k super grandpa pampered baby original miles. Factory Sun/moon roof. The price is 17,000 or reasonably close. If interested reply by e-mail with your contact info and good time to call.“
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