1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V
- Removed from barn after 16 years
- Spent most of its life garage kept
1979 marks the end of the large Lincolns. While other American auto makes started cutting the size in their fleets around 1977, Lincoln remained one of the largest cars in the world up until 1979.
This 1979 Mark V was in storage for the past 16 years. Amongst the 12 car collection, this car sat dormant for nearly 16 years until 9/11/2020. I bought the whole collection and started the process of cleaning these cars up one by one and get them running and driving. This Lincoln is a two owner vehicle and by the looks of the paperwork and title it looks like 1 family owned. The car original was a Corporate car first for an executive at Goyen Controls of America and then looks like either the driver of the car was given to was bought off the company and later a brother or son bought it from the same family.
All the paperwork documents the mileage to be original.
The exterior appears to be in excellent well maintained condition. It is said to have one repaint and after a buff and wax it looks and presents very well. The chrome bumpers are in like new condition which is a very rare find to find them in this condition. Its an indication that the car must have been garaged when not in use. The body appears to be very straight with some minor dents/dings on the stainless trim around the wheel wells. The windshield does have a large crack and for the buy it now price I will replace the windshield, but once offers are made and we negotiate the windshield may be not included with purchase. (we’ll see who actually reads the ad). Otherwise the pictures speak for themselves. There were new tires installed right before the car entered storage. The vinyl top appears to be original and in excellent condition.
The interior is all original and indicative of the miles. Although it appears very nice there is wear on the drivers and passenger seats. I know there are interior guys out there that can make this look new. The carpet and door panels are in excellent shape as the headliner too. The factory sunroof works great and has the manual shade screen too. Everything seems to work including the clock. However, the antenna doesn’t not work which may need to be greased and I’m not sure about the A/C. Its a highly optioned car with sunroof, 8 track player, tilt wheel and cruise. The clock is a Cartier but not sure if that makes it the Cartier Edition or not.
After getting the vehicle back to my shop I drained the tank, checked all the fluids and went through the brakes. The car started up with ease with a fresh battery. Before putting this vehicle on the road, I recommend changing fluids, a complete tune up and probably a good carburetor cleaning/rebuild. The brakes seem ok, in which I replaced the front right caliper. Again, I urge you to go through the vehicle before any long trips. I got the car running and driving and stopping. The engine is the 400 2bbl option. And runs surprisingly quiet for the amount of years it was stored.
Location: Sicklerville, New Jersey, United States
See listing: 1979 Lincoln Mark V – True Barn Find (from October 24, 2020)