I happened to be stopped at a light near my house when a surprise pulled alongside. So it only took one shot to get a decent one of this example of Lincoln’s bold leap into the 1980s future. Introduced in 1983, by 1986 it was badged as a Lincoln without any Continental name confusion, but beyond knowing it’s at least a 1986 by dint of the CHMSL, I’m at a loss to figure what exact year it would be, having been produced for a full decade through the 1992 model year.
Still, with 5 liters (give or rather take 100ml or so) of displacement, and some ongoing refinement throughout the years, this was a far more attractive package of Mark to those then skewing toward the usual Euro-suspects. At least, that is, compared to what had been on offer prior, even in what here is presumably the Bill Blass trim, and clearly not the LSC version. A way to sort of get what the aero-Thunderbird was offering, but with the ability to spend more money on the acquisition. The horrific placement of the Ghent dealer tag pegs this as a longtime local – Ghent was a longtime Ford/Lincoln/Mercury dealer here in Fort Collins, although I was not aware of this prior to today, now Ghent is known as a Chevy dealer in Denver with no trace left up here.
You’ve come a long way, baby, indeed. Actually this generation harkens back to the Mark II much more (in my mind) that the ones in-between, which while they certainly have their fans and attractions, can also come in for a significant amount of derision from other quarters.
An excellent bit of retrospective product placement found a Mark VII featured in the last season or two of “The Americans”, one of the better shows featuring plenty of vehicular eye-CCandy; having recently re-binged the series, I realized I had not seen a Mark VII about in quite some time, so this one was very welcome in the metal. Nowadays nobody drives personal luxury coupes on TV (or anywhere else) anymore, a far more likely ride of choice would be an example of the photobombing new 3-row Jeep Grand Cherokee, seen in white above. But for a brief moment in time, the Lincoln was the star of the intersection.