Brute in a Suit: 1991 Lincoln Mark VII LSC

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There are some vehicles that command your respect from the second you lay eyes on it, and for me, the Lincoln Mark VII LSC is a perfect example of this phenomenon. Handsome, chiseled, powerful – whatever adjective you choose here, it works. The big coupe came in a few different flavors, with models like this late production LSC falling on the more athletic side of the curve with a monochrome appearance giving it some serious attitude. Find this rare “Special Edition” Mark VII LSC here on craigslist for $7,500.

To me, that’s reasonable money for a vehicle that’s a bit under-appreciated at the moment. The earlier models were clearly aimed at a consumer seeking a luxury vehicle alternative from the big-body Mercedes of the era, and Lincoln dialed things up a notch when they added the blacked-out trim, color-matched BBS-style wheels, and of course, the air suspension setup that led to many of these cars sporting some serious reverse rake when the systems failed. The photos aren’t the best but this LSC does appear to have a nicely-preserved white leather interior.

Of course, you got reliable 5.0L V8 power under the hood, which both makes for a respectable performer out of the box while also being cheap as chips to maintain. The 5.0L V8 has appeared in so many Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury projects over the years that it’s hard to keep up, but the good news is the engine itself is a honey, loaded with torque and generally hard to kill. The seller doesn’t specify any recent maintenance he’s addressed with this Mark VII, but it shouldn’t be too painful to tackle some deferred maintenance if needed.

What a stunning luxury coupe! Take note of the fact that the fog lights still sport their elusive Marchal rock shields, which have almost all  been cracked the smithereens or simply lost at this point. The seller does note there are some flaws in the paint, but honestly, it’s a black car from the 80s that hasn’t been restored – find me one that doesn’t. The listing notes it remains almost completely stock save for an exhaust system and modified stereo, both of which are upgrades I’d gladly live with. Thanks to Barn Finds reader Pat L. for the find.

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  1. Bob_in_TN Bob_in_TNMember

    Excellent write-up Jeff: “Brute in a Suit.” I agree with your verbiage… handsome, chiseled, powerful…. athletic…. stunning. To me, these really hit the ‘Mark’ in their day. I agree, they are a bit under-appreciated today. I hadn’t thought about how their packaging and marketing evolved over the model run. The light-colored interior looks good. If you prefer your Fox Body to be a bit more stately and luxurious, here you go.

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  2. Bakyrdhero BakyrdheroMember

    This car is gorgeous, especially with that interior. My uncle used to call these “ a TBird in a tuxedo” it’s fitting.

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  3. TomP

    The Midnight Edition took this car one step further and blacked out all the trim, including the grille. The White Lightning Edition painted everything in white.

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  4. Bud Lee

    A T Bird in a tuxedo. Of course the T Bird was well dressed as well.

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  5. Connecticut mark

    I remember customer came to our gas station with one of these with a BMW diesel in it. Was always on a wrecker. Then he traded in for a Pontiac 6000 I think that was diesel too.

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    • Jay Hurd

      Worked at a Lincoln Mercury dealer when these came out. Great cars except the air ride. We used to swap out the computer boxes with ones meant for Mustangs, gave more horsepower and top speed. Had a customer that had a Paxton super charger on his. Talk about beast.

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      • Big Bear 🇺🇸

        This ride is a steal for $7,500.. if everything works correctly hell ya! I drove one or two in the past and love the ride.i do like the Fox body Mustang but at my age. This would be a dream ride easy in easy out😄. And if a had room in my driveway I would buy it. This is a Gentleman ride. And if you want more power. Paxton blower or ProCharger blower would do wonders off the line! Nice to dream!! 🐻🇺🇸

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  6. Stan

    Seen a few 5sp conversions in the great Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords magazines over the years. They are super cool at the drag strip, ripping through the gears. Hot🔥Rod Lincoln

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    • Rw

      I had 87 put magna flow cat back duals,bumped up timing a little great car,sold for need of 4×4.

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  7. Big C

    Hopefully the air ride has been serviced and is trouble free. That said? It’s a beautiful car. Love that white interior!

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  8. Rw

    We always called the hot rod Lincolns.

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  9. TheOldRanger

    Nice looking car, decent price too

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  10. Old Beach Guy

    I owned one. Great car, fast, and comfortable. A couple air ride issues was my only complaint.

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    • John Zimmer

      The pics are deceiving. This car has major paint defects. It is blistering in many areas. Horrible repaint. The electric door locks don’t work and power steering pump sounds like it needs replacing. All the black trim that make it a special edition are peeling. The interior looks to be redone in vinyl. The seats had water stains on them from what looks like the sunroof leaking. This car needs to be overhauled. Don’t waste your time it’s is not worth more than a couple thousand dollars. The current owner only owns it one year and said he didn’t put any miles on it. Seemed odd. I have seen many mark vii’s over the past year and pics are very deceiving especially in this case. Buyer beware on this listing.

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  11. John Oliveri

    I owned a 88 LSC, white w cranberry interior, BBS wheels, gorgeous car, the only thing you have to be wary of on these older cars now, is the air bag suspension, my 88 had no problem but also had very low miles when I sold it, my 96 MK VIII was very problematic

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  12. jwaltb

    In what way is this a “brute”?
    Gotta be heavy, and to my mind kinda ugly as well.

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  13. Keith D.

    From 1988 (Not 85-87) to 1992 The Lincoln Mark VII was the Elite American automobile during it’s time. Living in New York City, everyone (including me) desired a Mark. The Hip Hop industry flaunted these cars as if it were a Mercedes 560 SEC back in the days. And the modern working class guys like me dreamed and saved to purchase a Mark VII LSC. The Lincoln Division flourished with the Mark VII, it was a glorious combination of Luxury and Muscle. A true definition of a “Personal Luxury Coupe” This classic vehicle advertised is a example of American automaker excellence, and the only dark cloud that hung over the Mark VII was the unreliable and embarrassing air compressor front and rear suspension that plagued this car’s reputation since it’s inception in 1985. Nevertheless I’ve only owned an 89 LSC I purchased in 1991 and had a great deal of pleasure for the 5 years I drove it back and forth to work and my rides of pleasure included. Great car and a great value to whomever buys it.

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  14. wes johnsonMember

    So where’s it at?? Fort Jefferson where? They are a great car. Came close to buying a used one, but when a couple of us got in it, NO leg room in the back seat.

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