Until you've been behind the wheel of a 'Motor City Behemoth' from the disco era, you just don't know what smooth cruising truly is. Lexus has made a fortune selling isolation, but classics like this 1972 Continental Mark IV, take that mindset to an entirely different level. A special treat for Lincoln gurus, this fantastic full-size is an extremely well preserved survivor that's driven only 63,782 miles in roughly 40 years. And if you've been looking for a collectible that's not only pristine but original, and not only original but unique, you'll have a hard time finding ANYTHING cooler! Mid '70s metal features some of the most ornate styling from the Malaise Era. And this coupe's classy white-on-white color combination is the perfect canvas for far-flung detail. In fact, the car's luxurious yet traditional pigment is decidedly stately, proving once again that good taste never goes out of style. With that paint comes vast sheetmetal, which, thanks to decades of spending time in a dry garage, appears straight, clean and as crisp as the day the Motor City stamped it. That solid fuselage lines up beautifully, featuring wide doors, which open and close with ease. Speaking of fit and finish, everything on this incredible Detroit creation is exceptionally well planned. And the car carries just the right amount of ostentatiousness to make an impassioned first impression. At the front of its massive body, a broad bumper frames folding, “Continental” branded headlights and an oft-imitated grille that centers a sharp Lincoln emblem above a vivid “MARK IV” badge. A characteristically linear profile complements modernist parking lamps, flush door handles and clean cornering lamps with optional door guards, premium bodyside molding and polished rocker guards. Like-new glass, rides between classy mirrors, designer opera windows and polished metal fairings. And at the back of the car, Continental decklid that's dressed in full Lincoln regalia still with sears label. Motivation for this 5,300-pound beast is provided by a proven Ford 385-Series 460 which, according to the factory, twists horsepower into an 11 second 1/4mile of smooth torque. Highly original, the massive engine bay is in great condition throughout, featuring many correct components and factory markings. All major service items are 100% functional, except the factory air conditioning which needs charged. The car's fenders are clean, its panels are straight. Bottom-side, this Continental is equipped with Ford's reliable and sturdy C6 3-speed automatic transmission, which drives a 9-inch axle and mild, 2.75 gears to effortless highway cruising. That powertrain hangs in a heavy duty suspension, which mixes fresh KYB Gas-A-Just shocks with power disc brakes and requisite power steering. Exhaust is handled by factory Ford converters and mufflers, which are balanced by a familiar H-shaped crossover. Like the car's engine bay, that undercarriage is clean, honest and certainly not afraid of wet weather. And everything rolls on gorgeous forged wheels, which spin 230/70R15 tires around and white walls. Naturally, the plush White Leather interior is just as cool as the rest of the car, wrapping minimal wear in exquisite '70s luxury. Pillowy seats are nicely padded pieces that feel every bit as supple as they look (rear seatbelts still have original plastic wrapping). In front of those mitts, a wood-trimmed dash hangs an optional Quadrasonic 8-track player and requisite Cartier clock amid factory climate control and conservative factory telemetry. Call Classic Car Addict today!
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