CC Capsule: 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V Collector’s Series – Mark? My Word!

Pencils have erasers; cars have reverse gears. As a CContributor, then, it was perhaps in the very nature of the beast that a (long) pause would take place. But there’s always a return, fortunately (for me, anyway). So here’s more bad puns, stilted writing and questionable photos from the megalopolis that keeps on giving – Tokyo. And what better car to return to CC in than a ’79 Lincoln?

It’s gigantic, it’s iconic and it’s the last of its kind. It’s also severely underpowered, kinda ridiculous in many ways and completely ill-suited to the local streets. Sweet, sweet contradictions, what would we do without you?

Of course, being a pampered Japanese-owned classic, the obligatory “special license plate number” is on display – this one being a bit less obvious than the usual “19 xx” model year. I really should figure out how this is done, but given how all things administrative work here, I imagine it must take a lot of patience, reams of paper and surprisingly little else.

The MY would have been pretty easy to figure out, as the Collector’s Series was only featured for the big Conti’s 1979 farewell tour. Givenchy and Bill Blass can eat this car’s dust – this is the collectable one. Says so right there.

Given how popular neo-retro styling is in Japan, it’s really a wonder why there aren’t more of these late ‘70s land yachts about. Mitsuoka, meet your master.

The 1977-79 Mark V has been covered on CC quite extensively, so no need to go into the nitty-gritty. Suffice to say that this 2.5-ton car has a 6.6 litre V8, but it can only send 180hp to those rear Mi… oh, those should read Michelin, but they’re Minervas? Clever.

Less clever is that weird piece of vinyl on the trunk. The brochure calls it “padded contoured decklid accent.” Never heard that one before. Is it more of a Brooklyn / Jersey wise guy intonation, or closer to a New Orleans Cajun type of lingo?

Ok, the Mark V’s exterior is what it is. It’s impressive, but not really my cup of Americano. But that interior does change things. Midnight blue “Kasman II luxury cloth,” according to the brochure. Now, I may not know much about Kasman II (does anyone? Genuine query.), but I know what I like. This looks like a very nice place to spend a few hours with scenery wafting by.

These rear seats, though, seriously? What happened? Just over 120’’ (304cm) of wheelbase and the rear passengers are more at risk of developing blood clots in here than on a low-cost airline. That old ‘70s malaise feeling creeping back, I guess.

But it’s not a concern in the real world. Who rides in the back of these anyway? It’s not what they’re for.

Anyway, it’s really good to be back at CC. Time was not entirely wasted, though: during my hiatus, lots of material (weird Japanese, rare European or eclectic American cars) was encountered and photographed. I’ll try and get to the more interesting / rarest / oldest ones first. Or not. But it’s going to be fun — take my word for it.


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