I’ve seen pictures of the Eldorado Glamour Coupe and Seville Glamour Sedanne before (below), but I did not know that American Custom Coachworks in Beverly Hills also offered a Mark VI Glamour Coupe. Pretty ironic, given how weak-chested all these cars were in 1980. But if you want to make folks think there’s a hot-blooded V16 under the hood, you had three to chose from.
And there’s no question that the Mark VI’s overhang ratio is improved. But they might have given it something a wee bit bigger than those little 14″ tires and cheap-looking wire wheel covers.
Here’s the Seville Glamour Sedanne, the spelling of which is almost as pretentious as the car. But not quite; nothing could be. The 5.7 L diesel V8 must have sounded really classy when you pulled up to the…peep show.
So which of these three will it be for you?
That’s what Tex Avery’s big bad wolf would be driving in 1980!
I didn’t think it possible, but suddenly the Zimmer Quicksilver comes across as a model of taste and restraint…barf!
To paraphrase Ed Rooney: “Glamour…Sedanne…?”
To quote Miss Daisy: “I hope I don’t spit up!“
When introducing the Chrysler mini-van Lee Iaccoca, in a direct cut at Toyota’s mid-ship engine mini van, said he preferred the engine arriving at the scene of an accident before the passengers.
I’m sure Lee would have approved of the Mark VI.
The Glamour Sedanne looks the most appropriate, the bustleback styling is inherently pompous, where the front half frankly was always a bit too conventional. The Mark VI actually somehow manages to look chintzier and less substantial and the Eldorado simply comes off like a stereotypical pimpmobile
I know this is overlooking the elephant in the room with these but the worst part of these might be that really clumsy filler metal behind the factory hood and windshield on the Eldorado, which I presume the other two have as well. That looks really bad!
I wonder if there is storage for the drugs and or cash in the filler/extension area in between the hood and windshield?
No frunk, just extra bracing. Why would American Custom Coachworks have spent money on that? They were clearly not serving a clientele that valued efficient space utilization.
The best part about these is you never have to see the road; only hood.
Mention a Zimmer to a Brit and they will tell you its a walking frame for the infirm!.
Just proves money doesnt buy taste. Bet the conversion build quality was worse than the rest of the car.
I wonder what’s in that cowl? It would sort of make sense as legroom for a super-tall basketball star, but I doubt that the firewall was moved.
Bad taste at its best.
I wonder what would have compelled someone to buy one of these abominations?
A Mercedes just wasn’t tacky enough?
That Mark VI looks almost long enough for a Rolls Royce Meteor V12 conversion, or keep it in the family with a Ford GAA out of a Sherman tank.
Cars like this remind me of one of my favorite Far Side cartoons.
Tacky yes but also a serious time capsule .
I always figured there would be a few of these set aside as movie cars but have seen several incredibly nice survivors in my local LKQ, in a few weeks all the stock parts were stripped leaving the goofy looking bits behind .
Not survivors for long! Hopefully there are a few nice drivers in (extra long) garages out there.
If I want something that size I’ll go to the Kenworth shop.
Ugh. These are very, very bad indeed. Somehow I doubt the Glamour Sedanne would even be welcome at a peep show. “I’m sorry; could you park that around the back? It’s embarrassing our other clientele.”
Forget chintzy bad taste, they’re somewhere between, at best, a parody and worse, a travesty.
It looks like something we would have doodled on the margins of our math textbook in 3rd grade while the teacher wasn’t looking.
These must have been an absolute delight to maneuver in a multi level parking garage, especially the ones with rotary ramps to the next floor.
For the man who wants a block long Cadillac or Lincoln. Settling for one 1/2 block long says you’re a loser.
So which of these three will it be for you? None, in case you were wondering.
A Mark VI, maybe, but not this.
Oh, Wasn’t ghastly and pretentious fun…
Humble little grocery getters!
Where’s the dual cowl option?
Where’s the town sedan option?
These cars are too plain.
I belive that’s a Mark V not a IV having owned a 78 Mark V
It’s neither a Mark IV or Mark V. It’s a Mark VI, as noted in the title and text.
Lincoln asseghe ugleeeah