1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V from North America - Comments

28th Oct 2005, 18:30

I have a 1979 Lincoln Mark V with ONLY 146 original miles on it. What is it worth? It is the lowest mileage Lincoln in the World that I can find. It still has the original window stickers on it and is perfect as the day it was purchased by me in 1979. It has always been stored indoor and started and driven a few miles every year.

10th Dec 2005, 14:23

You'll get about 250 miles out of a full tank, considering it's tuned up and all.

9th Jun 2006, 17:40

(Why on earth would anyone buy a luxury car brand-new and not drive it more than 10 miles per *year*? IMO, the owner should hang onto it even longer, since it should finally begin appreciating in value rapidly now.)

15th Jun 2006, 00:34

I have a 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V. I love the car. There are not many cars like this on the road. Rust was a huge problem. I had most of the back roof cut off and replaced. I have no idea why these cars are not more popular. Great comfort and style.

20th Jun 2006, 19:41

I have a 1979 Mark V and it is a great car. It gets all kinds of looks. Anyone who knows what it is, loves and respects it.

28th Sep 2006, 11:59

I really like this type of car. right now I am looking at a 1979 continental collector's series. I just wanted to know from some other people who own the car. I am 20 years old and love these types of car's, but since this car has a larger engine than my suv I was a little worried about gas. could anyone tell me what miles per gallon you get with this kind of car. Also does anyone know how this car handles in snow? Thank you.

28th Sep 2006, 21:09

And here's your answers: lousy and horrible. Or vice versa.

29th Aug 2007, 02:52

My most recent Mark V experience almost mirrors the previous comment, except that I'm a 50-year-old male. But I digress; my first Mark V was a 1979, purchased new by me when I was but 21 years old. It was white with a wedgewood blue landau top, moldings, and pinstripes. The interior was wedgewood blue velour and it sported factory wire wheel covers. Like many big car owners, I sold my car in a panic when gas hit $1.00 a gallon (boy, weren't those the days?!?!) in the early 80's. Fast forward to 2007. While browsing through eBay, I discovered an almost identical 1979 with only 82,000 miles being sold to settle an estate. I bought it with a high bid of $621 and drove it 850 miles home, getting just over 18 mpg. Did a repaint due to numerous rock chips and scratches. Also dyed this car's white molding inserts wedgewood blue for an exact match to my original Mark V. It even has the wire wheel covers. Main differences are that this one has a C.B. radio and a power passenger side seat that my first one did not and does not have the mirror mounted thermometer that my original car had. It runs great, gets lots of attention, and makes me feel young again. I love my Mark V.

3rd Oct 2007, 23:45

Any body know how to fix the" gallons left" gauge on the 79 Mark V.

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15th Oct 2007, 02:44

I have a '79 Mark V Collectors & a '79 Continental Collectors. Indeed very nice cars the window sticker on one of 'em shows 16mpg when I bought it (the guy that owned it before kept the sheet)

I prefer the Mark V over the Continental it "feels" sportier it handles corners better as well as take-off & stopping (probably because the Mark V has 4-wheel disc & the Continental has the disc/drum combo)

I am currently 22yrs old. I didn't think there be anyone in my age group who'd like these cars. Everyone I know that is in my age group is into Honda, Acura, Toyota tuning with turbos & stuff, installing those "fart cans" as exhaust tips.

20th Oct 2007, 23:32

I've seen this white 1979 Lincoln Mark V Collectors series with the blue leather interior and midnight blue turbine style wheels at a car lot for over a year now... the price on it was 2300 before and I had test driven it a while back and it used to barely start up and smoke when it did start... so I left it and would look at it every time I would pass by the dealership... its been a year now and that car has been calling me all this time... now I find out that it has a new tune-up and fuel filter and fuel pump and the price dropped to 1600...wow...I can't pass it up any more I'm going to get it this week.

9th Dec 2007, 15:33

I inheirited my 1979 Lincoln Mark 5 from my grandfather. I grew up washing and waxing the car and learned how to drive with it. I've been using it as a daily driver for 3 yrs now. The gas is hurtful, but it's worth it to some extent. I put $7000 into it last month for a restoration, but wasn't to happy with the turn out. Is it possible to get this car to 14mpg city and handle better than the original? I was thinking stiffer shocks? If anyone knows let me know. Take care Lincoln drivers!

1st May 2008, 22:52

I just inherited mine.. i love it, but it needs a complete muffler overhaul, and I am not too excited as to what the MPG will be for me... oh well, the price I pay for beauty!

3rd May 2008, 21:23

Expect to get about 10-12 mpg city and 15-17mpg highway... assuming the car is properly tuned and you don't drive too fast!

27th Jun 2008, 05:37

Hello. I'm buying a big 79 Lincoln Continental. (probably the most comfortable car ever?) and it's been sitting for a while, about 5 years? And I'm installing new plugs, and air filter. I think I should buy a new gas tank and such. But does it need a engine flush? It won't start. It acts like it's going to, but ends up eating the battery. So I'm getting a new battery and plugs, and going from there? Or should I try to get the engine flushed ASAP?

Help?

28th Jun 2008, 22:31

Hi, I also inherited a '79 Lincoln Continental (Town Car)...Was your car garage-kept? Fortunately, mine was :) Yes, you should get a coolant flush! Change the oil and transmission fluid as well. Hopefully the body is in good shape! My car has rust on the bottom of the rear doors and a hole in the trunk-lid...The rest of the car is solid!!! You can e-mail me if you like (psplayer@hotmail.com)

13th Nov 2008, 12:55

Hi, I just traded a 1983 Lincoln Town Car for a 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V Cartier. It has 115,000 miles, the A/C works, the sun roof works, and the seats and windows all work.

It has a little rust around the right side marker lamp on the fender. Other than that, the body is straight, but the vinyl top shows its age.

I am trying to find out how much it's going to cost to have it replaced.

The car gets about 12 mpg city & 19 hwy. It is so nice to drive; smooth, soft & quiet down the road.

My wife's 1990 Town Car doesn't even compare to this car.

I love this car, & wouldn't get rid of it for anything. My friends think I'm weird for being 24 years old and owning all Lincolns, but little do they know they're missing out..