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Weekend Edition Quick Hit – A Mint 1972 Lincoln Mark IV on Craigslist…

Jim Brennan July 5, 2014 For Sale, Weekend Edition 13 Comments

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Continuing on with our July 4th Holiday Weekend Edition, where I highlight Big Old American Cars in celebration of Independence Day. And look what I found… this is a first year Lincoln Mark IV from 1972, which went on to be even more successful than the Mark III Personal Luxury Coupe. This has the classic Long Hood, Short Deck look so prevelant in Ford Coupes during this time period, and it incorporated the fake tire hump rather well in the overall design. But, would you want to own one of these large leviathans?

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The 1972 Mark IV was the successor to the Mark III, and grew longer and wider for the occasion. This was also the year in which Lincoln introduced a styling hallmark, the oval “Opera Window” that would go on to be part of almost every Lincoln until 1984. This particular Mark Iv is finished in Triple White, meaning that the Body Color, Vinyl Roof Treatment, as well as the interior color were all white, which is very unusual to see today.

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According to the listing:

See above photo’s of my cream puff. Finally decided I’m getting to old to enjoy.
Everything works. All lights,AC.PS.PB work. Has 44,xxx miles. 2nd owner.
Have all 5 original wheel covers.

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This is a very long and heavy car, weighing close to 5,400 pounds, but curiously, the interior is rather snug for such a big vehicle. Ford managed to sell almost 48,600 of these cars for the 1972 model year, and for the next 5 years, the numbers sold actually increased (except for 1975). Asking price for this white Lincoln is $12,000, which is a lot considering the car originally sold for $8,600. and tell me what you think about this Mark IV.

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  • MrDPR

    Better a '72 than a later '70s sled … those had much heavier bumpers, performance-robbing emissions equipment and decreasing quality.

  • Stephen Hood

    Now that is a beautiful car. Lincoln, what happened?

  • Rich

    Beauty…but even if I did have a spare $12k for this toy it wouldn't fit in my garage.

  • OA5599

    Nice looking car with a well designed exterior, and it seems nicely preserved. Personally, I prefer the Mark III though.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Nice. Last year I'd want. But, drop a zero off the price, or pay my gas bill. Looks better in white that I would have thought.

  • R Henry

    Note how the hood does not match up with the left fender.

  • JayP2112

    For what I'd save on buying a larger SUV, I could buy fuel, white loafer and cigars.

    That's a damn good plan, that!

    • Joe Btfsplk

      And dock her in the carport at the condo in Boca Raton…. perfect for a golf outing and trips to the casino.

      • Vairship

        Boca Raton? I'm thinking more of the former Lawrence Welk Village:

  • dukeisduke

    As the Marks went on, from I to II to III to IV, etc., they were less and less exclusive cars. I'd rather have a Mark III.

    • OA5599

      I think the Mark II had lower overall production numbers than the run of first generation (technically not called Mark I), but the dealers were definitely snootier in 56-7 and worked hard to create the impression that they would only sell to you if you were important enough.

      • Vairship

        Plus they lost money on every single one of them, which is DEFINITELY exclusive!

  • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    A good friend of mine has a '73 Mark IV, never out of the family, and it was his HS ride back in the early/mid-80's.

    Nothing like being a teenager and 8 MPG! At least gasoline was sub-$1/gallon…usually.

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    The interior isn't bad, either. The car is 100% original. Well, the vinyl top was re-dyed around 1985.

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    The cabin cruiser it keeps company gets worse MPGs with the twin 4-banger Volvo Pentas.

    OTOH, my diesel portable apartment is larger/heavier than either, and gets better MPG.

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    Ironically, that small yellow thing over on the left is the shell of a Crosley, so all wheeled vehicle sizes are covered.

    The Lincoln is tempting, but I'm a Cadillac and Mopar fuselage guy for this time period.

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