Forgotten Mark: 1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V

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This “barn find” (we never got to see the barn) 1960 Lincoln Continental must be one of the least expensive size per $ cars we’ve featured here! It’s located in Midvale, Utah and is listed for sale here on eBay, with the auction beginning at 99 cents and a buy-it-now of only $5,500. That’s a lot of metal for the dollar!

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That’s 131 inches of wheelbase! By the way, the seller says it has new tires, and this is one car I like the wide whitewalls on. Although the wheel covers are from a much later Granada, they would do until I could find a set of original ones. I’m hoping the fender skirts that are in the trunk are in nice shape too.

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I’m really glad all that shiny stuff is intact, because I hate to think what it would cost to replace! The 58-60 Continentals are known as the “forgotten Marks,” as they were labeled as the Mark III, IV and V, but then Lincoln later forgot about them somehow and called the  late 1960’s equivalent the Mark III. This, being a 1960, is a Mark V.

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Here’s your surprise for the day; you can see this view right away after buying this car because it actually runs and drives! The radiator has been flushed and there’s a new battery in place, and although I’m really surprised there aren’t fuel issues, apparently there aren’t any. We’re told there’s “minimal” rust, although no close up pictures are there to reveal the extent of any damage. We are told the dashboard has some sun damage and the carpet could use replacing, but the upholstery looks nice despite not being original.

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Doesn’t that front seat look inviting! I’d love to try this one out on a late autumn evening when it’s cool enough to cruise comfortably. How about you?

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Comments

  1. OGwagon

    What a beauty!
    Gone like tha wind.

  2. grant

    Nice car! Love old lincolns.

  3. boxdin

    I wonder what it weights? Might be a 6000 lb car !!

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    • HotRodLincoln

      5600 lbs. curb weight. A friend of mine in Germany just pulled a ’60 Premiere out of a barn in Switzerland.

  4. RON

    Looks like it sold and for me all it could have been worth. Except for a piece of overated history I don’t have any desire to own these old Lincolns. They weren’t very dependable new but for a few years of low mileage use as they ere very jinxey from new on the electrical systems and were notorious gas drinkers. Of course with gas at 30 cents gallon for premium if you could afford the purchase price for one of these monsters it didn’t matter. the gangster owners and upper crust bankers, (same guys) just ditched them shortly and probably replaced them with a caddy or Chrysler Imperial. I also don’t be lieve that is an original interior. It has been replaced along the line with a much less rich interior than it came with. I could find a better investment of 5 grand for a collector car. The succeeding models weren’t much better.

  5. brakesevo

    Where on earth would you park a behemoth like that anymore?? Won’t fit most garages.

    • HotRodLincoln

      At 227.2 in. long, you may just be right.
      Even with a 24 x 24 (288″ x 288″) garage, it might be very close to get the door closed…..

    • cyclemikey

      Really? I keep hearing that about the big old cars, but If anything ,garages were smaller in 1960 than today because more people lived in Model-T era homes with really teeny garages.

      This car is less than 19 feet, should fit in a standard garage unless you’ve got it already stuffed with…..stuff. It’s a big car, yes, but for perspective the Ford SuperDuty pickup I use everyday as a daily driver is over 22 feet long.

      • HotRodLincoln

        My ’76 Town Car @ 232.9 in., as well as my ’59 Lincoln both fit in my 3 car garage but…we built in 2002 to our specs. That’s not to say it’s so easy to find a parking space for either of them at WalMart* or the Dairy Queen for the cruise-ins…Drive-thru’s can be a bit of a challenge also. But I have to say that when we take a trip to our daughter’s house in S.C…..there’s no better, comfortable ride between the two of them. It’s like driving the family room couch for 12 hours.

  6. waynard

    I have a set of wheel covers for that car. Send me a pic to confirm. I have a number of Lincoln and Continental sets.

    • HotRodLincoln

      Although the Ford Granada wheel covers don’t look all that bad, the originals would certainly be more desirable.

    • HotRodLincoln

      ’60 Continental wheel covers.

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      • Gabriel Priore

        Are these hubcaps for sale? They look drop-dead-gorgeous. Are they 15-inches? What kinds of blemishes are on them? I would like to see a high-resolution picture.

  7. rangeroger

    I want to find an early ’60s Continental and mount the body on my ’85 K-20 Suburban. Then pull the 350 sb out of the Chevy and drop in a 500ci Caddy. Keep it all tied in to the original 4 speed manual and 4wd. What a monster with Johnny Cash blaring out of the stereo.

    • Brakeservo

      A cobbled together multi year Cadillac combination is much more appropriate for a Johnny Cash element.

  8. S.Brodie

    I’ve owned Lincoln’s for 30 years and found them extremely reliable machines. They were high quality builds. When Henry Ford took his Safaris in Africa he used Lincolns and liked them so much he bought the company from the Leyland family. These cars were much better than any Cadillac ever built and had some very advanced features like an autolube system where you pushed one button to grease the whole car, and a power steering pump mounted on the end of the crank to avoid squeeling belts. These were the choice of Presidents in their day. Considering rarity and original cost the buyer underpaid for this excellent machine.

  9. Dan
  10. Russ

    My family had a 60 Continental Mark III for a family car from ’66 to ’68 or so. My dad sold it to my brother for his second car ever and it went to a demolition derby before it was ten years old. What a boat! I love those cars but they’d have been better if Ford hadn’t made them unibody. They had a lot of trouble getting them right with all that weight. I believe it was said our 2 door weighed 5600 pounds. It was my mom’s favorite car of all the ones she ever drove; she’s 87 now and still remembers how much she liked it.

  11. Oldcarsarecool

    I love these cars ! And I’d own that one. Looks like a great project . . .

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