Curbside Classic: 1995 Lincoln Mark VIII – A Vision In Evergreen Frost

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Curbside Classic: 1995 Mark VIII – A Vision In Frost

June 23, 2013


we celebrate the last Mark. teasing us with intriguing IX and Mark X concepts, Lincoln has fit to give us luxurious but identity-free and a chromey SUV in 2013 instead of interesting–or anything clearly as a Lincoln. The odds are that the VIII of 1993 to 1998 is to be the last Mark, part of a dating back to 1939. And I am aware that the VIII is not Parts are decidedly hard to for cars that ended a mere 15 years ago, can be complicated, and on and on. But I was an impressionable thirteen old when the VIII debuted, and to my Grandma Ruby’s love of the last Mark will have a place in my heart.

As has been written in other posts this week, my parents, Bob and Ruby, were big fans. Grandpa Bob always had Continentals, and Grammy always had a When my grandfather passed in 1989, Grammy took the 1987 Fox Continental, and her last was eventually sold in 1991.

We did lunch in the summertime when I was a A typical outing would out at Bishop’s Buffet at South Mall, a visit to Toys “R” Us, I would get to pick out a model and then we’d move on to the car Sexton Ford, then Park Lincoln-Mercury (later L-M, and known today as Lincoln Kia).

Grammy always ask to see the new Thunderbird at Sexton, and the new at South Park. We would walk out to check it out, and of get a brochure. Grammy wasn’t out to buy, she was just that woman who enjoyed cars–and she I loved cars as well. I remember looking at a circa-1990 out front, in dark red with a red cloth interior. She always to keep her Continental.

In 1993, the Mark VIII We naturally both wanted to see so it was once again, off to now-Classic They indeed had a Mark in the showroom, in the striking combination of white with aquamarine interior. For the first time in our visits, I strongly encouraged to get one. I loved that the aqua interior!

She certainly have, and there was no need to in the ’87 Connie: She had sold her ’77 T-Bird in and the two car attached garage would accommodated both Lincolns My grandfather had been a successful and insurance company executive, so it not have been a question of either. She seemed interested, and a few pointed questions to the salesman.

We were sent off with a Mark VIII catalog I still have, to this and a few weeks later, when we visiting, I asked about the As I recall, she said something the lines of “Oh, I really need that car, and I’m to the Continental.” She did, however, buy my ’91 Volvo 940 SE later that however, when he got a new ’93 850GLT.

A years later, I saw what had to be the car in the parked in a driveway in Rock I could have spotted aqua interior from a yards away. I saw it in traffic a of times (I rode my bike a LOT as a with an elderly lady the wheel. Indeed, she appeared than Grammy, who was still spry and active at 73.

As for the Mark itself, it had a lot of promise. It was very with its 280-hp 4.6L V8, air-ride suspension and four-wheel brakes. Zero to sixty in 7.5 seconds–quite good for the early

But personal luxury coupes on the way out, and the VIII never took off. A 1997 included a new nose, neon section and other refinements, but it did no good: a mere 14,357 built in 1998, its last

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All of these memories were last fall when I across this Evergreen Mark VIII at the nearby course while out on a walk. is the same color as the ’94 TC my neighbors had (as in the ’94 Town Car CC earlier this and I had forgotten that it was also an color on the Mark. I especially was with the Evergreen leather As some of you may recall, green is my color.

This one is either a or ’96, as it has the swept-spoke alloys in 1995, along with the instrument panel that genuine wood.

The 1993-94 IP was criticized for being too for a Lincoln, resulting in the tree for ’95. Wood or no wood, I the wraparound dash on these–they look modern today.

The VII and Mark VIII were the really sporty versions of the Mark coupes–particularly the LSC models. It all with the ’84 Mark VII LSC. if Ford had kept that going?

It is interesting to think would have happened if had kept the Mark Series in There was so much brand in the Mark and Continental nameplates. we have a Mustang-based retractable Mark XII in 2013, perhaps as a competitor?

Who knows? All I know for is that current Lincolns do not me of Lincolns of yore. Indeed, the ’13 MKZ me more of a modern Olds 88 than a Lincoln. Hey, I Oldsmobiles, but this is supposed to be a Think 1961 Continental, Mark III, 1986 EFI Car. Yes, I’m sure it is a car, but there are dozens of cars” on the market.

And yes, I know that is technically the first day of the week, but Week didn’t start Monday, so there you go.

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