The Mark Series is one of the product lines that really helped Lincoln establish itself as a major player in the luxury car segment. The Mark Series was first introduced in 1956, and since then, it has spawned several generations of full-size luxury sedans. The Lincoln Mark VII (originally known as the Lincoln Continental Mark VII) was the series' seventh generation model. The seventh generation was regarded as one of the most successful generations in the series, that's why it was the one that lasted the longest out of all eight generations.
The Lincoln Mark VII splashed into the luxury car market in 1984. The Mark VII's Ford roots were apparent as it utilized the same Ford Fox platform that was used in the Ford Thunderbird and the Mercury Cougar. Although the Mark VII's standard equipment list was packed to the point that one would think that the model didn't need trim levels (even an onboard trip computer and message center were included in the list of standard Lincoln Mark VII parts), automotive consumers still had several trim choices. The Mark VII was available in Base, Gianni Versace Designer, Bill Blass Designer, and LSC (this is the Mark VII's performance model, which was intended to compete with other luxury coupes such as the Mercedes Benz 500 and the BMW 630).
The Lincoln Mark VII holds a few records under its belt. Lincoln's premium sedan was the first American vehicle to feature composite headlights and an electronic four-channel anti-lock braking system. It also landed on Car and Driver's Ten Best list in 1986. With those said, the Mark VII was definitely a landmark vehicle for Lincoln. That's not surprising for a car that featured a combination of superior comfort, convenience, innovation and performance. 1992 marked the last year of the Mark VII. It was replaced by the Mark VIII in the following year, which became the last generation of the Mark Series.
Best Ways to Care for Your Lincoln Mark VII
The Lincoln Mark VII is one of the most pervasive visual transformations that Lincoln has done. Compared to its predecessors, it has a new aerodynamic styling disguised as a unibody Fox chassis with a longer wheelbase. It is equipped with a full-sized car engine along with every accessory imaginable. While it has been years since the final production of this model, car aficionados still look back to this vehicle as an underrated piece of art. If you happen to own a Lincoln Mark VII, then consider yourself lucky, and take care of it properly.
- Make your Lincoln more fuel efficient.
Even though you don't drive your Lincoln Mark VII, you can still keep more money in your pocket by making it more fuel efficient. Aside from the usual advice to drive the speed limit and to accelerate moderately and brake slowly, you can save on gas the more you maintain your car. First, check your gas cap often and make sure that it fits snugly on the reservoir. Having a damaged, loose, or missing gas cap can cause your car to have a reduced fuel efficiency by 2 mpg because of vaporized fuel. Also, do not top off your fuel tank. While it would seem more practical to do so since you will spend less time going to the gas station, topping off the fuel tank can actually saturate the emissions system with fuel. This could cause the gas to spill as it warms up. Finally, make sure your tires are always properly inflated. Under-inflated wheels can reduce their lifespan by as much as 25% and cause them to deflect more as they roll. They will also tend to build up internal heat, which increases rolling resistance and reduce your fuel efficiency by up to 5%.
- Keep a healthy battery to maintain a healthy car.
One of the biggest headaches in driving a vehicle, both old and new, is when it stops abruptly because of a dead battery. For this reason, you need to care for it as thoroughly as possible. The best way to do so is to park your Lincoln Mark VII in a garage especially during the winter. Once of the main reason for battery drains is cold, and keeping your car warm by sheltering it is the least you could do. Do not park in a heated garage, though, as it will rust your vehicle. Next, clean the battery regularly. The dirt it collects as you drive can weaken its charge, which might cause your car to stall. Simply take off the clamps and wipe away grease, dirt, and rust at least once a month to help keep the battery clean and working. Lastly, keep the battery insulated, especially if you do not park in a garage. Simply cover it with an insulation blanket when not in use and you should be good.
- Replace wear items regularly.
Just because some of your car's components need to be replaced often makes them less important. The fact that you need to change them regularly makes them a crucial part of your vehicle, especially because of their function. Neglecting to change the filters can damage the engine and other components, and keeping the same wiper blades throughout the year can ruin your windshield.