1984 Lincoln Continental Mark VII LSC

This was one of my early posts in this blog. I’ve updated it to reflect both changes in my posting style and substantial improvements in available data.

“The ultimate American road car.”

The Lincoln Continental Mark VII was all new for 1984, along with a new LSC trim level that added about $2,000 to the base Mark VII’s non-trivial $21,707 price (making the LSC start at about $54,400 in 2014 dollars). Standard power in 1984 was provided by the Windsor throttle-body fuel-injected 5.0 liter V8 engine with 140 bhp connected to a four-speed automatic transmission. Despite the LSC’s 3,600 pound weight, 0-60 still came in under 9 seconds.

LSC-specific components included a stiffer air suspension, dual exhaust, leather seats with six-way power on the driver’s side, fog lamps, and forged aluminum 15-inch wheels. A limited slip differential was optional. All Mark VIIs got the first composite headlights available in the United States.

Continental Mark VII LSC page from the 1984 Lincoln brochure, linked from the Old Car Manual Project’s amazing brochures section.

Ford wanted the LSC to compete with the big BMW and Mercedes-Benz coupes, but it seems more likely that most LSC buyers were cross-shopping cars like the Buick Riviera T-Type, the Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe, or (horrors!) the Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe.

I always liked the look of the LSC—I think the stylists combined  “traditional” Mark traits such as the rear spare tire hump with Ford’s new aerodynamic direction very effectively. People complained at the time about the limited interior room for such a large car and the period of the big coupe was definitely beginning to fade, but the LSC was certainly an interesting approach.

According to Hagerty’s valuation tools, all the money for an 1984 Continental Mark VII LSC in #1 condition is $9,100, with a more “normal” #3 condition LSC fetching $4,200. Lincoln Mark VIIs show up in the Hemmings Motor News classifieds fairly regularly—as I write this in July 2014,  there’s a Sandstone 1988 LSC with 55,000 miles listed for $8,000. Make mine Platinum Clearcoat Metallic, please.