1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV - SOLD
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It isn’t built to smoke the tires but rather to eat up miles of highway blasting from LA to Vegas at 100 MPH, and it’ll do that with shocking ease.

37,155 original miles. One older repaint in original colors. Beautiful leather interior. Powerful 460 cubic inch V8. Cold A/C, working power accessories, very clean and straight throughout. A great American land yacht, ready to cruise!

There will never be another car like this 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV. Almost 18 feet of sheetmetal and 460 cubic inches for a two-door coupe. It was the kind of conspicuous luxury that got you noticed in 1973 and really stands out in today’s world. It was repainted in its original Dark Copper Moondust Metallic a few years ago, so there’s a brilliant shine that probably wouldn’t have been possible in 1973, and the color really glows in the sunlight. All the panels are exactly where they were installed on the assembly line more than 40 years ago and despite what you may think about ‘70s vehicle construction, this one is pretty darned nice. The gaps are even, everything closes with a gentle push rather than a hard slam, and all the trim lines up neatly from panel to panel. Check out the gothic grille and hidden headlights up front (the headlights are fully operational), the stainless rocker trim, and the beautifully preserved tan vinyl roof that remains in excellent condition. The opera windows were a Continental trademark for many years, along with the trunk “spare tire hump” that makes these cars easy to recognize at a glance. The only non-stock detail might be those two chrome exhaust tips out back, but we kind of like how they look on this big cruiser.

The Medium Ginger leather interior is pure 1970s Americana, with seats that are so plush that you feel like you’re wrapped up in them rather than sitting on them. It’s an experience. Everything inside the car is in great condition, from the carpets to the headliner and everything works except the clock. You’ll note that this car includes virtually every available option, including automatic climate control, power windows, locks, and seats, and even an AM/FM/ stereo that sounds pretty good in the tomb-like interior. Faux burled walnut appliques on the dash are bright and crisp, the dash pad hasn’t been faded or warped by the sun, and all the chrome knobs and trim sparkle. The back seat has probably never been used and for such a mammoth car, it’s surprisingly intimate, which was probably the point—a wealthy person wouldn’t care about efficiency of space. Even the trunk is filled with deep pile carpet, including the spare tire cover. For preservation, this Lincoln is really nice.

Ford’s biggest-ever V8 lives under that 7-foot-long hood, a 460 cubic inch monster that moves all that luxury coupe without seeming to work very hard. It isn’t built to smoke the tires but rather to eat up miles of highway blasting from LA to Vegas at 100 MPH, and it’ll do that with shocking ease. Obviously it remains completely stock and has been recently serviced, including a full tune-up. Ford Blue engine enamel is bright and shiny, the original air cleaner still has the cold air hose attached, and all the warning decals are still intact. Turn the key and it fires easily, idles smoothly, and works the way a top-of-the-line luxury car should. No noises, no smoke, no asterisks. This car is legit. Look underneath and you’ll see more evidence of the car’s mileage. The C6 3-speed automatic shifts cleanly at any speed, although with all that torque on tap, shifting seems largely superfluous. 2.75 gears in the 9-inch rear end mean that the engine just loafs along at highway speeds and you’ll never hear it working. Floors are lightly undercoated and in great condition with no issues and the only “rust” you’ll find anywhere is on the heavy metal parts like the suspension, axle, and driveshaft, all of which were “pickled” at the factory (which means pre-rusted to protect them from additional rust). The dual exhaust system is recent and has an appropriately hushed tone—you can’t hear it on the roll and there’s a nice muscular hum at idle. There are new shocks at all four corners and the brakes are impressively powerful, even for such a heavy car. Factory steel wheels with hubcaps are the right look and carry 235/75/15 whitewall radials all around.

Extras include the original shoulder belts, a Marti Report, and some recent service receipts.

This beautiful Lincoln reminds us that new cars, even in the 1970s, were worthy machines. You can look long and hard and you will never find a better example of Lincoln’s flagship Mark IV, and in today’s world we find that this car attracts an awful lot of attention. This is a special car and at this price, it’s truly an extraordinary find. Call today!

Harwood Motors always recommends and welcomes personal or professional inspections of any vehicle in our inventory prior to purchase.

Vehicle: 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV
Price: SOLD
Stock Number: 120043
Odometer Reading: 37,155 (authentic)
VIN: 3Y89A900458
Engine: 460 cubic inch V8
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Gear Ratio: 2.75
Wheelbase: 120.4 inches
Wheels: 15-inch steel wheels with hubcaps
Tires: 235/75/15 whitewall radials
Exterior Color: Dark Copper Moondust Metallic
Interior Color: Medium Ginger leather
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