Second Seller: 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV 22K Survivor – SOLD!

by | Jan 2024 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

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February 4, 2024 Update – Barely one week after posting their Craigslist ad, the seller of this ’72 Lincoln deleted their ad. While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.

January 27, 2024 Update – The Internet and GuysWithRides never forget a classic car for sale.  When we first spotted this 22K original mile ’72 Lincoln in July 2023, the seller deleted their listing just a few weeks later. Fast forward six months, and we came across this Lincoln up for sale again.  This time, the seller’s comments combined with a different license plate have us convinced the buyer of this survivor Mark IV last July is now offering it for sale after adding just a few hundred miles to the car’s odometer.

July 3, 2023, Update – We confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to call this one “SOLD!” until we come across a replacement ad.

June 23, 2023 Update – The seller replaced their original listing after only two weeks.  The pictures, description, and asking price all remain the same.

The Generally accepted start of the Malaise Era is 1972 for two reasons. The first is when all manufacturers combined the switching from advertising engine power from gross to net figures with lowering compression ratios to accommodate low-lead fuels.  The second was that the model year was the last to feature non-fiver-mile-per-hour bumpers both front and rear. For this reason, the 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV holds a special place in our hearts as it is the only model year to feature nicely integrated bumpers.

Lincoln produced nearly fifty thousand Continental Mark IVs for the 1972 model year. Of those, only six percent came equipped with an optional sunroof supplied by American Sunroof Corporation. Better known simply as “ASC,” this OEM supplier would later expand its business in the 1980s by designing and building convertibles.  This light yellow over white leather 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV for sale, last spotted in June 2023 on Craigslist in Dallas, Texas, is a 22k-mile survivor car.

Lastoffered for $22,000 (the car was last offered for $19,000), Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the collector car market, confirms the ask is above the one-year rolling average of this guide’s summary for all Lincoln Continental Mark IVs made between 1972 and 1976.  By clicking on the green dots in the graph below, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you evaluate the price of the Mark IV featured here:

As a second data point, the  Collector Car Market Review Online Tool reveals the seller’s ask is two grand higher than this guide’s #1 “Excellent” appraisal of $17,000.

The 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV was a luxury coupe produced by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company. It was part of the Mark series, which represented the flagship models in Lincoln’s lineup during that era. The Mark IV was introduced as a successor to the Mark III and featured various updates and refinements.

The Mark IV had a distinct and imposing appearance, showcasing the characteristic long hood and short deck proportions commonly associated with classic American luxury cars. It had a large, squared-off front grille with hidden headlights, giving it a clean and elegant look. The body featured sleek lines and subtle chrome accents, emphasizing its premium appeal. The car had a wheelbase of 120 inches and an overall length of approximately 222 inches, making it quite substantial in size.

Ford Stylists designed the interior of the Mark IV with luxury and comfort in mind. It featured a spacious cabin that could accommodate up to six passengers. The seats featured a choice of high-quality materials, such as leather and velour, and provided excellent support and cushioning. The dashboard featured a combination of wood grain trim and chrome accents. The instrument panel was well laid out and included various gauges and controls for easy access and usability. Standard features included power windows, power seats, air conditioning, and an AM/FM stereo system.

All Mark IVs for 1972 came equipped with a 460 cubic inch (7.5-liter) V8 that produced 224 horsepower and 365 lb-ft of torque. It was mated to a three-speed automatic transmission, providing smooth and effortless acceleration. The Mark IV was known for its smooth and comfortable ride, thanks to its soft suspension tuning and long wheelbase.

The 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV boasted several notable features and innovations for its time. One of the standout features was the Cartier-designed digital clock, which was integrated into the instrument panel. This clock was a unique and eye-catching element that added a touch of luxury to the interior. Additionally, the Mark IV introduced the “Sure-Track” anti-lock braking system, which was one of the early applications of ABS technology in passenger vehicles. This system provided improved control and stability during braking. Of the 48,591 Mark IVs produced in 1972, only 3,079 customers (roughly six percent) checked the option box for the large power sun roof option.

The 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV is regarded as a classic example of American luxury cars from the 1970s. It represented the epitome of elegance, comfort, and style during its time. The Mark IV, along with the other models in the Mark series, helped establish Lincoln as a prominent luxury brand. Today, well-maintained examples of the Mark IV are sought after by collectors and enthusiasts who appreciate its timeless design and luxurious features.

The Classic Cars Online YouTube Channel features this 1972 Lincoln Mark IV and Continental commercial:

Cars are original only once, and this 22K original mile Lincoln Continental Mark IV for sale is about as close as you can get to buying one new short of building your own time machine and traveling back to 1972.  The seller provides a nicely detailed description of this Lincoln that compliments the excellent photography.  Unfortunately, we did not catch the fact that this car is currently listed in the “For Sale By Owner” Craiglist section by a small Texas dealer.

If you are serious about buying this Lincoln Continental for sale, you can start the conversation by following the instructions the seller provided in their Craigslist ad.  When you connect, please remember to mention you saw their survivor Mark IV featured here on GuysWithRides.com. Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“It is hard to believe that this unrestored car has been this well preserved for the past 51 years!
1972 Lincoln Mark IV with 22k miles. Power Sunroof. Lifetime Garaged.
1972 was the first year for the Mark IV and the only one with the small bumpers that contoured beautifully within the body lines. Marti Report.
No cracks in the dash or armrests,, leather is supple,,,still smells new!
No scratches in the windshield or glass panels. The little rear windows even work. Both 6 way power seats also function properly. All of the chrome and vulnerable anodized aluminum trim still glistens.
The only rust on the car is the surface of the original Fomoco exhaust.
Runs and handles as new. Very quiet, with no mysterious shakes, shimmies, noises. Upgraded with Ignitor electronic ignition & coil – always starts right up, choke engages properly.
Cruise control works. Cold Air Conditioning. Newer Nexen whitewall tires.
The only mechanical issues I can find are that the clock doesn’t work; the power antenna works when it wants to, seems like if I fiddle with the switch enough it will; Heater control valve under the hood needs to be manually opened if heat is desired -not a big issue here in Texas.
Cosmetic issues are very limited, I hesitate to use the word “perfect” on an unrestored 51 year old car, but this is as close as I’ve ever come! None of these justify any repainting in my opinion, but I like to fully disclose flaws:
At some time, it looks like the hood was closed over an untightened breather wing nut, resulting in a convex ding in the creased hood center.
Small crease on the lower right area of the rear bumper.
According to the son of the original owner, the Lincoln Dealership added some dress-up items as the showroom showcase car- this was the 70’s folks! Included were opera lamps, turn signal indicators, hand painted pinstriping and a thermometer on the hood, which is preserved in the trunk and could easily be reattached, see 2 filled touch-up holes in the photo. A very good paint correction expert could address these as they are all limited to the hood area.
Absolutely incredible Survivor car.

Show or go: What would you do with this survivor-quality 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV For Sale?  Please comment below and let us know!

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