Saved From Junkyard: 1978 Continental Mark V

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In 1977, while the Thunderbird benefitted from downsizing to the old Torino frame, the Continental Mark V stayed on its previous 120.4-inch wheelbase, and while down about 300 pounds in weight, it actually grew about two inches. The Mark V also had sharper edges and boxier styling than the Mark IV had. Here is a 1978 Continental Mark V for sale here on Craigslist in Salt Lake City, Utah.

The seller has had this car for five years. He/she saved it from a towing company that was taking it to a junkyard to recoup fees after a DUI arrest. The car has had some work since then including some body work and a paint job. The car appears to be in good condition, including its landau vinyl top. The tires are in good condition. The car wears optional wire wheel covers.

We’re accustomed to seeing leather interiors in Mark V’s, but this one has twin comfort lounge seats finished in Ultravelour cloth. There appear to be stains or cigarette burns on the seats. Both of the power windows need gear kits, but the seller has the parts. The heat works while the air conditioning does not, but the seller says the compressor is good. The dash has a significant crack in the center.

The engine is a 400 cubic inch V-8 mated to a C6 automatic transmission. The Mark V has a new battery, fuel pump, and voltage regulator. It received a tune-up a couple of years ago. It is smooth, powerful, and always reliable. The mileage is not disclosed. The seller is asking $3,500. Have you ever wanted one of these classy Continental Mark V’s?

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  1. canadainmarkseh

    I’ve always liked these Lincolns of this vintage with the grillethat drapes down behind the bumper there a classie car great for long distance travel. The price is very fair too.

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  2. KSwheatfarmer

    Got the Town Coupe in the same color scheme, was our d-d for a few years. Wanted Fords biggest 2-door , assumed this was it. Ya the 460 is very thirsty, part of the reason to park it. This would look good side by side with mine,not good enough though to place a bid.

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  3. grant

    Had a 77 about 17 years ago, black with red leather. Like driving the sofa. Coolest speedometer I’ve ever seen on a car. As the needle swept left to right, the background changed color from black to white. This one is nice but maybe not quite $3500 needing interior work.

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  4. JC

    I had a 77 Mark V with the 460… it was immaculate. I bought it used in 1983 and sold it in 1999… the best I could get for it? $2800… smh.

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  5. Gregory J Mason

    Whenever I see one of these cars it reminds me of Frank Cannon. ( William Conrad) anyone remember the show.

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  6. JEFF S.

    Gregory, I sure do remember William Conrad as Cannon. I was 15 when the show came on and it was one of my Dad’s favorite shows, along with The F. B. I. and Gunsmoke. I liked him in Jake and The Fatman, his last show before his death in 1994. He was an actor, director and producer during his 47 year career. Because of his deep voice he was a narrator on many shows.
    I even purchased a 1971 Lincoln Mark III in 1987 because of my memories of Cannon driving his Lincoln all over CA, were I grew up. The 460, 365 HP engine made it a Hotrod Lincoln, that is for sure. I may own another one some day.

    Here is a song we can all relate to. Hot Rod Lincoln –

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  7. Bryan

    These are very reliable and well-built cars. I’ve had 3 over the last 25 years and have never experienced a mechanical failure of any kind (a couple of 78 Diamond Jubilees and a 79 Cartier). My 40 year old 79 Cartier is like new, inside (leather) and out.

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