1979 Lincoln Mark V Collector series from North America - Comments

25th Feb 2009, 19:09

Just searched for this model on google. I know what you mean by "full size" lol. Nice cars.

27th Feb 2009, 12:25

Maybe, maybe not. However I can remember a time about 15 years ago when one could purchase a nice example of a 57 for around 15 grand. If you have a Hemming's motor news available, look at what a nice example of Mark is going for... I rest my case.

2nd Mar 2009, 22:10

I just bought a 1979 Mark V Givenchy Series tonight for $600 dollars. It's been in storage since late 2006. The car is in very good shape and I should have it on the road with very little work. God I feel so lucky...

4th Mar 2009, 07:42

To the person with the Mark V in storage, you had better replace all your power steering lines, pump and gear box. Trust me, it's worth it. If you lose power steering, you lose power brakes. There is no brake booster, it is powered by the power steering system. Every Mark I've owned has had power steering leaks of some kind.

4th Mar 2009, 17:11

To the person who found the "600" Mark, yeah is that an opening bid for E-Bay or did you actually look in a car trader or Hemmings book? Because nice examples, and by nice I mean good running order and decent body (no rust holes, clean paint, good interior) are going in the 8000-10000 range, depending on options as well as whether or not it's a designer or other premium series's.

If you found a truly "nice example" for 600 dollars, then by all means buy it and flip it for about 6000 or 7000 and make some money, even if you don't care for the vehicle, and it's obvious that you don't, try not to be obtuse and see an opportunity to make some fast money.

M.O.C

6th Aug 2009, 18:59

I am the owner of the 79 Mark V that I bought for $600. It was in a carport for 3 years and started on a regular basis. I have replaced all fan belts, exhaust system, brake lines, rotors, pads and calipers. Full tune up and the car is running nicely and driven everyday with pleasure. It's a step by step, day by day process that I will be going through over the next few months getting the car up to were I want it to be. Which is simply a decent everyday car.

Someone commented on me buying the car and not caring about it and, or reselling it for better money. This car's title will only be taken out of "my cold dead hands"!!! I waited way to long to get my Mark V and it's not on the market.

Next Plans; Carburetor is going to need adjustment, she is running a little to rich and also get the timing check and adjusted, I think it's a little off. I think I'm going to have to replace the headlight switch though, don't get me wrong it works fine but my dash lights don't work at all and I think it is the rheostat that is the problem. But hey like I said, step by step.

After I get those few things done I'm doing the car a great favor and moving out of Pittsburgh, Pa. (Steelers Country) and moving down to Florida. I'm hoping parts for the car will be easier to come by there. That's about it. Take it easy all.

The Big Guy

Pittsburgh, Pa.

23rd Sep 2009, 21:42

I have a 79 Mark V. I can't get to shift from Park to Drive, or back to Park. Anyone had this problem? kwtw95@aol.com

19th Nov 2009, 09:17

I've always been a BOPC kind of guy, but I couldn't pass up a $300.00 '78 green Givenchy at an estate sale. The car has 36,000 miles on it, but I'm not sure how long it's been sitting. It was last registered in '06, but newspapers from the interior indicate it may have not been driven since '99.

I originally wanted to flip it, but after cleaning it up a bit, I'm really falling in love with this nice solid car, but unfortunately it doesn't start. It has no spark at the coil wire until you back off the key, then it has just one single strong spark. Could this be a distributor pickup problem? Any other thoughts on common problems associated with these cars? I'm seriously thinking on dumping my Caddy to make room for this car, but I have much to learn about Lincolns.

21st Nov 2009, 19:46

To the previous poster:

Give the Mark V a full tune-up: air filter, plugs, wires, cap and rotor. The car should run a lot smoother after these simple items are replaced. These old beauties don't have computers like the new cars, so problems are generally easier to diagnose and solve.

-Pat

'79 Town Car owner.

28th Nov 2009, 22:43

I recently came across a Mark V Collectors Series for $750. The exterior is beyond rough. The story goes, she was parked inside under some kind of blanket that stayed moist in the southern west coast air. Lots of weird little rust spots (and I mean LOTS!). Typical salt air damage abounds. Then you open the door and BAM! The interior is near FLAWLESS. The seats are cloth so the console is there... actuation is perfect. I am torn. The motor runs rough and it looks like some Edelbrock update was performed. Perhaps bad gas... or something worse. Do I save this magnificent neglected lady? Do I lighten my purse and ship her to Texas? A Mark V is my holy grail, yet my little voice says wait for a better one. I just hate seeing such a grand luxury car go to seed.

29th Nov 2009, 21:10

If you know of a better one, get this one for parts! If you're willing to pay for body work and have patience, "consider" the rusty Mark V.

I know a guy that has a Mark V (almost fully restored) and it's awesome!! He also owns 3 parts cars.

8th Dec 2009, 00:28

Prices like $300, $600 sound unbelievable, but most are true. I bought my Collector's Series for $875 and the body is immaculate. The reason it was sold so low was the guy was moving and couldn't take it with him, because it had a busted rear brake line & wouldn't start. I went up there and bought a battery put & some fresh gas in it and sounded like a purring kitten. Drove it home with the front brakes only & I took it easy on the speed in the expressway. I got home and park it next to the sedan version '79 Collector's Series. Now I have a matching pair of midnight blue Collector's Series.

7th Mar 2010, 21:47

I need a very good 1979 Mark V Collector Series interior, or a parts car with a good interior. Any help appreciated. Dave iswc2@yahoo.com.

24th Mar 2010, 16:29

I just picked up a Lincoln Continental Town Car (4 Door) for less than the new alternator I just installed. She was running like a dream, but now I think she needs a new starter. She is white with a turquoise top and blue interior.

23rd Aug 2010, 08:18

About Marks going for around 10 grand, there's a few nearby going for prices between 9 and 12. Although, this is also in Ottawa, Canada and it's typically harder to come across these kinds of cars in excellent condition for a low price.

I did find one for $3,500 certified, but it has a little rust on the rear quarter panel just below the vinyl from what I understand in the ad. I am considering it, but want to know how expensive and hard-to-find parts are first.