2,900 Original Miles: 1988 Lincoln Mark VII LSC

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When it comes to 80s luxo-coupes, the Lincoln Mark VII tends to stand alone. It came in a variety of trim levels, all of which claimed to offer a higher level of luxury or performance than the one before it, and noting screams domestic 80s opulence quite like a Lincoln with roman numerals in its name. This example is the “sportier” LSC trim, and is claimed to have under 3,000 original miles. Find it here on eBay with an opening bid of $43,990.

The seller says that this LSC came from a Wisconsin collection where the owner had a tendency to buy new cars, drive them for a few thousand miles, and then move onto something new. Curiously, the seller says he acquired this LSC for use as a daily driver, but quickly decided to put it up for sale given its high state of preservation. My question is – wouldn’t this have been obvious when buying a car from 1988 with under 3,000 miles?

There’s little reason to doubt the mileage claim, as the interior is an example of time-warp condition. The seller’s listing indicates he’s been called into question as to whether the mileage is genuine, but there should be little question that leather interiors on cars this old rarely look as good as this one. Sadly, the Lincoln is now parked outside after being stored indoors in a warehouse since new.

The LSCs didn’t have an exotica under the hood, just the venerable 5.0L V8. The seller doesn’t offer much in the way of details about the Lincoln’s mechanical history, but one would hope it still saw annual fluid changes even with the low mileage. Still, there’s little here that can’t be fixed with parts from your local NAPA store, so the only hurdle to ownership is the astronomical opening bid price.

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  1. Capriest

    Absolutely gorgeous car and I don’t question the mileage at all. I just question the sellers grip on reality with that price! As much as I love these cars, and have always wanted one this is a prime example of crack pipe pricing. Scratch that…..if he were on crack he’d sell it way cheaper lol. Gotten some darn good deals on stuff from folk with that affliction. Unfortunately for the seller these are not as sought after as say a 93 cobra, and he’s asking 3,000 mile 93 cobra money for it. If he bought it as a daily, and cannot store it inside you know darn well he didn’t pay 1/3rd of his asking. That also happens to be about what I value this car at.

    Like 23
  2. Thomas

    Waaaaay too much on the price. In all actuality, you should be happy if not downright ecstatic to get $15K for it. There have been several sold for less than that and were great looking cars. I love a Lincoln, but this one is way off the mark….

    Like 13
  3. KSwheatfarmer

    Dad had one of these for a short time. Asked me to try and fix a few electrical issues, I knew it was beyond my skill set and advised a quick trade off,problems solved.

    Like 5
    • Ronnie

      I had my 88 LSC for 10 years never any major problem the car was a beast.

      Like 1
  4. Rosko

    Beautiful then. Beautifil now.

    Like 6
  5. CanuckCarGuy

    Beautiful car, but not a car to hermetically seal as a future money maker unfortunately. Condition is relative to the owner…shop around for a well-cared for higher-mileage example, they aren’t unicorns.

    Like 6
  6. Greg D

    My guess someone suggested to seller the car was worth more than he paid for it (without necessarily being a correct statement.). So seller is trying out the theory. When he doesn’t get all the money for it he will either revert back to his daily driver idea or he’s already been tainted by the new car he’s been eyeing when originally told what he “could” get for the Lincoln.

    Like 4
  7. Djs

    I Agee way over priced guess they did not pay one third the price for it . Quick buck maybe

    Like 1
  8. TMo

    Minor point…it’s a Mark VII not VIII…and waaaay overpriced even though it’s a great car.

    Like 1
  9. Marshmlow

    This is a Mark VII btw, the Mark VIII came out in 1993. Beautiful car, but price is crazy.

    Like 4
  10. Matt G

    I think an extra “I” snuck in there when you weren’t looking…

    Like 2
  11. Willie

    I had a 1990 Lincoln mark 7 with a 5.0 h o engine very nice and very powerful car to this day I regret the fact that I had to get rid of it

    Like 2
    • Ronnie

      I had a 88 what a beautiful and fun car to drive.

      Like 0
  12. HoA Howard AMember

    My favorite Lincoln, but electrical issues, possibly even more so on a car that wasn’t used, would send me running, even if they knocked a zero off the end. I’m sure this car will give the new owner plenty of headaches, including the pending divorce for buying it in the 1st place.

    Like 7
  13. Cacapeepeepoopoo

    Far overpriced…. And certainly not anything truly collectable…. But a beautiful machine nonetheless…. I would start driving it myself…. Or drop the price to 15k…and take offers… Someone will bite around that price….

    Like 1
  14. grant

    This is a Mk VII (7) not a Mk VIII (8) as evidenced by the markings on the car. Mk VII was a bit stodgy compared to the Mk VIII IMHO.

    Like 1
    • Spanky

      I agree and the 8 was a bit too much but the 32 valve is a great engine many of them got pulled due to the problematic air suspension in the 8.

      Like 0
  15. John

    $43,990 …. BA HA HA HA HA….. you got to be kidding me….!!!

    Like 5
  16. MarkVII Lover

    Absolutely beautiful. I owned one as a teenager and fell in love. A beautifully preserved example, but as everyone else has said, the price is a bit extravagant

    Like 1
  17. FordGuy1972 Fordguy1972Member

    $43k can get you a very nice ’60’s muscle car with change left over. There was a ’68 Cyclone GT for sale near me awhile ago, a nice one with a 428 for $35k; that seems like a better deal to me. I’m with Thomas on the price; somewhere around $15k, maybe a little more if you really want it.

    Dreams do come true sometimes but this seller’s $43,000 dream won’t.

    Like 3
  18. landt

    $43,999 ? Gag me! The car will not sell at anything like that price.

    Like 0

    IMHO it’s a typo and because it’s an auction the starting bid should be $4,399 thats maybe what the flipper paid to the grandpa whose owned the Lincoln.
    But if it’s not, this guy it’s seated in another ball park far far far away.

    Like 3
  20. Kenneth Carney

    A young man my neice is dating turned
    his into a hot rod! Hot rod?!! Who knew?!! He tells me that it’ll 140+MPH
    in the SQM at our local drag strip where
    he runs it in the street class or B/MP
    class. Sounds pretty fast for a large
    car, but I’m old enough to remember when big Fords, Chevies, and Mopars
    had massive V-8s that made a tremendous amount of horsepower and
    an absolutely stupid amount of torque.
    Guess things haven’t changed all that
    much in the last 50 years–kids still wanna go fast!

    Like 1
  21. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TNMember

    Very nice Mark VII. I even like the deep maroon/maroon combination; seems like most are black or silver. I agree, the market price for these would seem to be in the $15,000 vicinity. Good examples are not that hard to find, they do show up.

    Like 0
  22. Jim Ayres

    I can see how the seller figured his price. This car was around $40,000 when new. Once it was driven off the lot, the price dropped to around $20,000. He would have gotten about that much if he had sold the car a couple of years later with that mileage. If the car has been maintained, I think it would be worth $20,000 in 1988 dollars. Accounting for inflation, that would be $43,755 in todays dollars.

    Like 0
  23. Prender

    Nice car but hardly a rare muscle car, not even a good color combination!! Maybe $15k for somebody who just has to have one. Way overpriced $9-$11k value is realistic, hope he likes to drive it because he will for a very long time.

    Like 0

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