Sunday, June 17, 2012
San Ramon Street Sighting - 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV
My favorite Mark IV is the 1972 model pictured here. It has the most graceful appearance of the four model years because it has these trim, dainty little bumpers that are completely useless in a collision, but they look so much better than the giant 5-mph monstrosities fitted in 1973. This one is all stock with the original hubcaps and perfect whitewall tires. The only major problem I see on this car is some front fender damage to the right front corner - evidence that those lovely little bumpers didn't do their job. Actually, the biggest problem I observed is that this car never seems to get driven. I love it so, but it always appears to be in the same place when I pass by. At least it seems to be cared for properly.
The Mark V looks good in formal colors, like white and black and gold, or metallic blue. The Mark IV looks fantastic in classically 1970s color combinations such as this metallic green color with green roof, green interior and light green pinstriping. If I had a Mark IV, I think it would be this color. It just looks awesome.