1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV

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We've only seen a couple of Lincolns in this series (a '69 and a '77), and with ten Cadillacs so far, it's time to look at another of Ford's big luxo-machines. I found this '72 parked on the same block as the '70 Volvo 164 and the '87 BMW L6.

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I shot this car and the '70 Ford LTD on the same rainy day. Rain might be bad for the camera, but it makes old cars look more serious.

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This one is missing the front bumper, but otherwise looks pretty solid. The weird thing is the presence of what appears to be a real convertible top; as far as I know, you couldn't get a '72 Lincoln convertible from the factory. Must be a custom job.

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The Mark IV came standard with a big grunt-happy 460 engine, and at 4,800 pounds it needed all that torque.


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for a really really big car, I always thought the Mark IV was quite graceful looking. A middle school teacher of mine drove one, and I remember thinking that she made a lot of money to have one and I should seriously consider a career in education since it was obviously so lucrative.

Little did I know she was a real estate agent on the side...