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1970 Lincoln Continental Mark III 0Y89A856875

1970 Lincoln Continental Mark III 0Y89A856875

460 CID OHV V-8 Engine 4-Barrel Carburetor 365 BHP at 4,600 RPM Select-Shift 3-Speed Turbo-Drive Automatic Transmission 4-Wheel Drum Brakes Front Independent Suspension with Coil Springs Rear Independent Suspension with Transverse Leaf Springs

The Lincoln Mark III
In September 1965, fresh from the success of the Mustang, Lee Iacocca authorized Ford’s Advance Design Office to initiate a new project that would similarly result in a two-door personal car, but this time for the luxury sector. Eventually debuting in mid-1968, the resulting Continental Mark III was a stand-alone flagship luxury model for Ford’s Lincoln division. The car’s defining physical characteristics – a long hood, short rear deck with continental spare tire treatment and a new grille that bore more than a passing resemblance to Rolls-Royce style – were all cues directly issued by Iacocca.

The Mark III was an instant success with buyers and, by 1970, the model had received minor aesthetic upgrades like new wheel covers, concealed windshield wipers, a Cartier clock and genuine walnut veneers on the instrument panel, steering wheel and door trim. The Mark III also offered a technical innovation with its computer-controlled Sure-Track rear brake system, a precursor to anti-lock brakes that was developed by Kelsey-Hayes. Additionally, it was the first American car to offer steel-belted radial tires as a standard feature. The budding rivalry in the personal luxury car segment prompted Motor Trend to compare the Mark III and the Cadillac Eldorado in a test dubbed “King of the Hill,” a challenge that the Lincoln won comfortably.

This Car
This splendid Mark III is a remarkably preserved survivor that features its original mechanical components and cosmetic trim. The paint is largely original, the vinyl hardtop remains fresh and all brightwork, including chrome, stainless steel and pot
metal, exhibits remarkable shine. The mechanical and electrical systems operate properly and the odometer currently displays only 15,300 miles.

In 2007, this Lincoln was acquired by the consignor, a discerning Arizona collector who has since exercised it regularly, and it is believed to have had only two previous owners.

This Mark III is a Certified Milestone Car whose wonderfully luxurious details continue to impress. From the elegant Cartier clock to the dash-mounted stereo speaker and the subtle Lincoln-badged side-view mirror, this car demonstrates a degree of sophistication that was previously absent in American luxury cars. Undeniably plush and offering the brute power of Ford’s seminal 460 cid V-8 engine, this matching-numbers Lincoln Mark III is a time-capsule example perfectly suited for Preservation Class exhibition. It is accompanied by its original accessories, including owner’s manual, spare tire and jack, and is a luxuriously appointed and beautifully proportioned illustration of American automotive styling in the 1970s. Very few Lincoln Continentals have survived the past 30 years in such good condition as this incredible Mark III.
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John "Old School" Dancy, Primos, Pennsylvania, US
"They're only factory original once."
"All of this is assuming that everything else in the system is stock and well maintained."
"Expearence is the abillity to reconise a misteak befor you mak it agan."
"PROGRESS ... NOT PERFECTION!"
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