1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V – SOLD FOR $15,000

October 20, 2021 Update – A motivated buyer looking for a vintage Lincoln Mark V came across our website and liked the photographs and video documentation of the car so much that he agreed to the buy now price of $15,000.

September 15 Update – The high bid of $2,700 did not meet the seller’s reserve price of $15,000, so we’ve moved this 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V on our “Rides Still Available” Page. 

The Guys With Rides team is pleased to offer this 55,600 original mile, 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V in a reserve auction for the private seller.  Bidding commences Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at Noon Eastern time and continues for fourteen consecutive days through Wednesday, September 15, 2021, at 7:00 PM Eastern time.

To inspect all of the pictures provided, click on the photograph below to enlarge it and then click on the gray “<” and “>” icons to navigate through all of the other stills in this carousel:

The last of the classic Lincoln land yachts, the Mark V was the fourth generation of full-size personal luxury coupes produced by Ford’s luxury division. Produced for only three model years from 1977-1979, the Mark V was the best-selling generation of the Mark series with 228,262 examples produced.  At 230 inches long, the Mark V was the largest two-door coupe ever sold by Ford Motor Company and was six inches longer than the Cadillac Eldorado of the same period.

Improvements for 1978 included a larger radiator and heater core inlets and hoses for improved coolant flow and heater performance. Door lock cylinders and ignition lock switches were also revised for greater theft protection. 1978 proved to be the final year for the optional 460 cubic inch V8, which this example features.

Joining the optional Full Vinyl and Rear Landau Vinyl roof options for 1978, was a new, full-length, simulated convertible “Carriage Roof” option (available only in white canvas-embossed vinyl – with interior rear seat side-quarter trim panel vanity mirrors – in place of the normal standard opera windows, which were deleted with this option). The Power Glass Moonroof option was not available on Mark V when equipped with the Carriage Roof.

Bill, the current caretaker of this Mark V, purchased the car several years ago from an elderly gentleman believed to be the original owner.  To say the original owner took fastidious care of his Mark V is an understatement. The most stunning feature of this triple-white land yacht is how supple, clean, and like-new the leather interior remains to this day. The main repair under Bill’s care was the replacement of the gas tank and filler neck.

We personally rode in this 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V for sale on a short drive to the park where we photographed the car.  Despite a very humid ninety-degree day, the original R12-filled air conditioning system reminded us of how cold systems used to achieve.  Additionally, as the video confirms, every power option equipped on this Mark V works.  An added bonus during our short in-town drive was confirmation of squeak and rattle-free this Continental remains.  This is a no-excuse example of a 1978 Lincoln that will not disappoint!

Cosmetically, the only things we observed were some minor scuffs on the optional Turbine style aluminum wheels and several dings in the passenger side stainless steel wheel well molding.

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past five years. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

If you have any questions about this 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

2 Comments
  1. Dominick Aielli

    How well does it drive? Would it make a one-way trip to Boston? Thanks.

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    • Guys with Rides

      Hi Dominick, while neither the seller nor Guys With Rides express or imply any warranties, during our inspection this Lincoln drove and ran like a 52K mile survivor-quality car. Every power accessory and light worked during our inspection and the A/C was ice cold.

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