Lincoln Mark: The Six Things You Didn't Know
- In 1984, the Lincoln Mark VII debuted to a fantastic and truly appreciative reception. It was the very first American ever to feature three things that have now become commonplace, if not required installations on all modern cars: durable yet flexible composite plastics in construction, stylish and functional aerodynamic headlights, and the now-ubiquitous anti-lock braking system!
- In what is an odd bit of cooperation between nations, engine choices on the Lincoln Mark VII were a V8 and an exceedingly rare 2.4-L, straight-6 diesel engine with a turbocharger. Whereas most Lincoln engines were home-grown, this diesel engine was designed and made by German manufacturing giant, BMW. What makes this odd is that the two brands compete against each other in the luxury segment. The engine was eventually dropped after 1985.
- Just to show that it is in with the times, Lincoln celebrated its 75th Diamond Anniversary with a technically impressive Mark VIII in 1996. This tech wonder featured full leather seats, a voice-activate cellular phone (in 1996!), JBL audio setup, an automatic electrochromatic dimming mirror with built-in compass, and driver-operated traction control.
- In fact, long before that, the luxury car brand featured an "ahead-of-its-time" system in the 1978 Lincoln Mark V: a miles-to-empty indicator. Replacing the standard "low fuel" warning lamp, this system was an amber LED readout that would display how much more distance the Mark V could cover before hitting totally empty. This was another first in America-an in-dash LED display of a car's mechanical functioning.
- Everyone who's anyone has heard of the American classic Dallas which followed the ups and downs of a rich American oil magnate and his family. What better car to have driven about by the truly powerful J. R. Ewing-scheming oil baron-than the Lincoln Mark V. Sometimes decked out with bull's horns up front, the 1977 model has become a staple car for the stereotypical rich Southerner in Hollywood.
- Clearly, Lincoln loves its "Mark" marquee quite a bit. Apart from being the now-standard designation for nearly every generation of Lincoln and its sub-branch Continental, it is the designation-sans numbers-for even Lincoln's try at a pickup truck. The Mark LT was a three-year experiment by Lincoln to see whether it could penetrate the lucrative truck market. It did meet with some success until it was taken over by the EXT from rival, Cadillac.