Today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe MK VII and Marie Antoinette have a lot in common; both wore bustles and both had their tops chopped off. This Lincoln at least was given a replacement, but you’ll still need to decide if its price also needs to be replaced.
Home is where you find it. Also, when you can’t be with the one you love, love the one your with - unless that is, when you’re with your boss on a business trip.
Where were we? Oh yes, homes. Yesterday’s amazing custom International motorhome - with back-end garage - looked like a good place to call home. Not only that but the former cement truck’s price seemed to throw out the welcome mat too, and came away with a respectable 61% Nice Price win. Hell, for under forty grand you could have both that rig and Wednesday’s Honda and then be pretty much set for life. Ah, but what about when you retire?
You’ve no doubt seen those ads for products targeting the AARP crowd. They’re full of active seniors enjoying their silver years without a care in the world as they slurp down their Boost beverages and cinch up their sternum cosseting pants. Advertisers are making out like it’s now a golden age for the aged, and makes you wonder why the old people you see in real life - like that dour woman behind the counter at McDonalds, say - don’t seem to be getting with the program.
For a certain generation of oldsters, the cars of choice were almost always Cadillacs and Lincolns, the twin icons of American attainment. Today however, not so much, and you’re probably more likely to see a “Spending My Kids’ Inheritance” license plate frame on a Scion xB than a Caddy XTS. And hell, aside from Matthew McConaughey I don’t know who even buys Lincolns today.
I do know who should buy today’s custom convertible 1990 Lincoln MK VII however, and that’s someone who winters in Florida and eats dinner at 4:30 in the afternoon at Applebee’s. Okay, maybe I’m being a little unfair here and am unnecessarily constraining the car’s potential demographic.
Let’s have a look.
The MK VII was a Ford Aerobird on fancy pants steroids. It was the first U.S. car with composite headlights and was the antipodean answer to the preceding MK VI’s out of date baroqueness. It also was constrained to a single coupé body style, as Lincolns and convertible tops had pretty much been on the outs ever since Kennedy rode in one.
This one, converted by Florida’s Custom Coach Works seeks to rectify that limitation. It also would totally rock the lot at the Elk’s Lodge so remember to stock up on those little blue pills. The ad notes that the car was brought from Florida to Massachusetts by the seller’s father.
That’s quite a trek, but amazingly the car hasn’t really put on all that many miles over the course of its life. There’s only 60K on the clock total, and only 2,500 of those have been added in the past 14 years.
Mechanicals are said to be in excellent shape despite that infrequent exercise. Those include the 225-bhp 302, four-speed automatic, and four-wheel discs from the Mustang GT, and an air suspension that amazingly is still holding its air. New tires wrap the BBS basketweave wheels.
On the inside, it’s pure MK VII, just a little better illuminated during the day. This being an LSC the digital dash has been replaced by a set of dials. Unfortunately they’ve been crammed into the dash and look like they’re being viewed through gun slit. On the outside everything looks tidy with only the yellowing headlamp lenses and some overspray under the hood - possible evidence of some sort of incident in its past - as evidence of its age.
Everything supposedly works however, and in fact the only problem noted in the ad are some rubber weather seals that need attention owing to age. The convertible top is fully lined, seemingly intact, and disappears entirely when dropped.
There is the question of just how much reinforcement went into that top’s addition however, but there is a pic of the car with both doors open and it’s not folding like a risk adverse poker player so I’m guessing it’s alright for government work.
We all know that 60 is the new 40, but what about this Lincoln at 25? And more to the point, do you think this sexy senior citizen is worth the $7,950 the seller is asking? What do you think, is that a deal to feel the wind through your hair AND to drive a MK VII? Or, is this a custom that needs a senior discount?
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