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Lincoln Mark VI
Jun 19, 2002 (2:00 pm)
Ebay is a great place for parts hoarders. I've grabbed tons of stuff for my 1980 Mercedes 300D at bargain prices.
I'd go for the trim pieces and lenses. The "hard parts", that is, basic mechanicals, should be around for a while longer, but little chrome bits, handles, door trim, grill parts, etc--you should grab those as they will be hell to find soon enough. I have a complete extra set of lenses, foglights, grille shell, all door and fender trim and side view mirrors. Also the chrome lettering and insignias. In case of an accident, these will come in very handy for repairs.
#9 of 17 Mark VI sedan versus Town Car sedans...
Jun 21, 2002 (3:08 am)
...in the early '80s, I seem to remember these cars were virtually indistinguishable from each other. That is, the Mark VI looked just like the TC except for the 'spare tire' hump in the trunk. Anyone know what the price and standard equipment differences were at the time?
I kinda have a soft spot for these '80s Lincolns. The father of my best friend (who lived across the street, but dad didn't) had an '85 or '86 Town Car briefly, it was burgandy with tan leather, I think alloys and a moonroof. It was *quite* swank for the time. I loved that car, it was super-comfy.
#10 of 17 There might have been a few other distinguishing features...
Jun 21, 2002 (4:45 am)
...for example, some of them have an oval opera window built into the thick C-pillar, reminiscent of the older Mark IV and Mark V, while some of them just have the slim vertical opera window, like what was used right up through the aero design. I'm guessing the Mark VI had the ovals, and the lesser models had the vertical windows.
I've also noticed that some of them have fake vents on the fenders, Chrysler 5th-Ave style, right behind the front wheels. Maybe that was another Mark VI distinguishing feature?
Jun 21, 2002 (9:59 am)
...there were a few others, notably the opera windows you mentioned, also the Mark had hidden headlights and the trim was a bit more 'upscale'.
Jun 21, 2002 (10:43 am)
And the Mark was a very expensive car, even for the early '80s.
#13 of 17 Forgot about the hidden headlights
Jun 21, 2002 (11:03 am)
For some reason, I was thinking that all of 'em had hidden headlights from '80-83. I vaguely remember some variant that had exposed headlights, but they weren't conventional rectangular quad headlights like on the later Town Cars. I seem to remember single round headlights that looked like they were actually imbedded in the flip-up covers!
Jun 24, 2002 (5:56 am)
Yes, The 80-83 Mark had the oval opera windows, fake side vents & hidden headlamps. Only, the headlamps look horrific when they're on, in the daylight (it looks messy in there...)
It also has the LARGE fake wheel wheel which is probably its most distinguishable "marks."
Is there any way to find out the original selling price for a particular car?
Jun 24, 2002 (5:22 pm)
Andre: I think there was an option for the Mark VI that put what looked like a large, single headlight on the headlight doors. I don't know if this "light" actually worked or not, but it really gave the car a "Superfly" look...kind of a last gasp for late 1970s garishness.
#16 of 17 Thanks Greg...
Jun 25, 2002 (3:20 am)
...at least now I know I wasn't imagining things! It is kinda odd that they'd take a car with hidden headlights though, which I'd always considered a luxury/sporty distingquishing feature, and then mess it up with trying to expose the lights again! That'd be just plain sick, to make a piece of ornamentation that looks like a light, but then not have it work! I wouldn't put it past 'em though!
I actually saw a Mark VI 4-door sedan on the way to work this morning. Dark, brownish color. Except for the vast expanse of primer paint on the rear 1/4 panel, it looked like it was still in okay shape. Driven by a young kid, maybe 18-20. So either he's into big old cars like that and really appreciates it, or he got Dad's (or Granddad's) old hand-me down, and is having dreams of a Civic with a fart-can!
Jun 25, 2002 (7:17 pm)
In some ways the late 1970s (when this car was conceived) were as excessive as the late 1950s. I can see Ford putting phony headlights on the headlight doors.
The Mark VI sedan was relatively rare even when new. The downsized 1980 Town Car, Town Coupe and Mark VI were initially sales duds - which is ironic in view of the sales boom the Town Car experienced later in the decade.