Saturday, December 6, 2014
Los Angeles Street Sighting - 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V
Sachs and Sons Lincoln-Mercury in Downey, to a Greek couple who owned a restaurant. It appears to be a standard model, though that doesn't mean it was a cheap car when new. It just means it doesn't have auxiliary coach lamps on the C-pillars, padded vinyl treatment on the spare tire hump or a designer nameplate (unless you count the Cartier dashboard clock, standard in all '79 Mark Vs). It does come equipped with turbine-style aluminum wheels, optional Valino grain Landau roof, cassette tape player and interior convenience package with cruise control and "headlamp convenience group", which I assume might be auto-dimming headlights. One interesting feature is a digital range computer which indicates the number of miles to empty. Speaking of miles to empty, a thirsty 400 cubic inch V8 motivates the car. This is a challenge for ownership as the car is subject to California emissions testing forever unless the state changes its law exempting only 1975 and older cars from smog tests.