I agree with you totally. Japan still makes a few good full-size luxury cars (Toyota Century, Nissan President, etc.), but they're domestic market only and are insanely difficult to get a hold of.
The big Lincolns are nice, but they gradually became something of a joke over the years. It's sad that there's no real full-sized vehicles around anymore that offer the same edge as they used to. The interiors and exteriors became bland and bulbous; a terrible mixing of several unrelated styles being mashed together.
I was looking for a newer full-size car to replace my old 1979 Cadillac sedan DeVille, and couldn't find one worth buying. The infamously quiet, powerful, and smooth big blocks were all gone by 1980, and the small blocks that replaced them were poorly suited for the job.
While this may sound a bit extreme, I replaced the old Cadillac with a 1998 Rolls-Royce Silver Spur. I have to say, the 412 cu in Rolls-Royce V8 is way better and more powerful than any competing engine I've ever seen. While it may be a bit heavy on gas, I think it's a great example of what a modern big car should be. To me, bigger V8 engines are just better, not only in performance but also in low end torque, which most modern engines ignore in favor of louder, higher revving "powerhouses".
I think the Rolls will be the last car I buy, as the 2000s don't really have any big luxury cars that are worth the money. The Lincolns made during that time became cheap and bulbous, and the Cadillacs are trying to be like the European sports cars. I really wish there would be a renaissance for these vehicles, but gas prices are just too high for many people to afford, and the average standard of living in the world is falling too low.
They were only built from 1980-1983. Sticker prices were higher than the Town Car, which didn't help sales. I own an '83 MK VI sedan with the moon-dust metallic gray paint and red pinstripes :)
I just bought a 1981 Mark VI 4 door. 65K miles,and love it so far. Beautiful styling and comfort.
Need to find a turn signal lever with good chrome cosmetics, a fuel sending unit, and a lower chrome rocker panel passenger rear side. Suggestions??? Where can I find lower body beltline moulding inserts?
Had several Cads, including an 82 Sedan DeVille for 27 years, nice but underpowered. A 90 Brougham, a 94 Sedan DeVille (ugly), two 1976 Eldos, great but gas hogs, and I still have a 1976 Seville, 140k miles, which I will keep till I die.
This Lincoln seems very soft riding, slightly underpowered, but a great daily driver. Had several 80's MBZ's, but too stiff.
My other car is a 1992 Jack Nicholas Town Car; beautiful, but I worry about the cost of air shocks now that is has 70k miles. Just selling my 1988 Bentley, which is incredible, also 70k, but also a bit stiff in the ride for me now.
"Need to find a turn signal lever with good chrome cosmetics, a fuel sending unit, and a lower chrome rocker panel passenger rear side. Suggestions??? Where can I find lower body beltline moulding inserts?"
Visit www.lincolnlandinc.com. Their prices may be higher than a scrapyard, but if you need specific parts, they are worth contacting. If you're looking to meet other MK VI owners, check out www.grandmarq.net
I own a 1983 Mark VI (4-door) Signature Series. It has every option available that year, including the moon roof.
I would like to agree with many above who have said that it is the best riding car they have owned.
I purchased my Mark VI in 2010, and had to put in a lot of time and money to bring it to its current condition.
In my opinion, Lincoln did an excellent job with the Mark VI during the 4 years it was produced. They kept the tradition alive at the start of the 1980's, which was the coming age of smaller cars and electronics. From that standpoint, they blended the old with the new in an outstanding way.
These cars are now starting to become collectibles, and will become more so with the passage of time. You have to understand the Mark VI in the era in which it was designed and produced. As someone else posted, the Mark VI 4 door, looks like it is moving even when it is standing still. Remember too, that the Marks were all 2 doors, except for these 4 years.
I also believe Ford choose the right engine with the 302 from 1981 to 1983. The power is adequate for cruising, and that is what you want to do in this elegant luxury automobile. I enjoy just sitting back and enjoying the sumptuous, quiet, relaxing and stress relieving ride that my Mark VI delivers, and reliving memories of when America made great rear wheel drive luxury automobiles.
Yes, what I would pay for a modern car that rode like that. Detroit was very foolish to give up on the "Detroit Magic" boulevard cruising ride.
Love my Mark VI sedan. A truly beautiful car, and it rides better than anything. It gets complements everywhere it goes, and I love the pimped out look it has with its Rolls Royce grille, flip up lights, shark gill fenders, opera windows and continental hump. I love it.
Good on gas and effortless steering. The interior is so comfortable. Why won't Lincoln make a real car with a real name? New Lincolns lack style and presence.
The fuel sending unit has failed. It is located in the gas tank. The tank does not need to be removed. It is in front of the tank at the top. Very simple fix.
I have a 83 Mark VI Signature Series sedan. I think it is beautiful. 2 tone grey with red stripe. It rides better than anything I ever drove, including my 79 Continental and the 88 Town Car I had. Like being on glass. It runs so smooth.
I love the many luxury features. It steers so easily. And I love the pimped out styling. Rolls Royce grille and shark gill fenders, and the hump on the back and opera windows. The car is so comfortable. Adequate power too. Faster than the 79 or 88. Gas mileage around 14 average. And she's reliable too. Like a pimped out Town Car. Better than the Cadillac of the day. I highly recommend this car.
Did you ever see the custom headlight covers that actually had headlights on them? I believe I saw one or two on the old program Matt Houston years ago. Was kind of a neat look for the car. As far as I know, it was aftermarket and not a factory option.
The "touring lamps" were a factory option. Not my cup of tea... I'm glad my '83 doesn't have them.
That is interesting, I did not know that was a factory option. You are right though, after posting this I looked for some photos to see if I could find one with the option, and they did look a lot sleeker without the headlights.
I own a 1981 Lincoln Mark VI Cartier Coupe. I've had it for about three months, and I am totally pleased with the car.
Parts, I would say is the biggest problem. The ride is superb.
The 80 to 83 period in America was terrible with super high inflation, fuel shortages and an automobile industry in turbulence. I think Ford did the right thing with the Panther Platform. After the recession, sales took off and Ford earned a reputation for reliable cars desired by the older conservative crowd and law enforcement. What an odd combination.
If you need a windshield for a Mark VI coupe, you are in for a real treasure hunt, because the four door models of the LTD, Marquis, Mark VI and Town Car will not work.
While I loved my Mark V, I really enjoy the economy and handling of my Mark VI better. It even parks better in my garage. I can actually walk around it.
My Mark VI coupe is a 1980 with the 351 carbureted, but I guess '80 is the only year that engine was an option for this car.. and it's got the Variable Venturi mess of a carb. Working on swapping that out as we speak. Anyone know where I can get a drivers door hinge and latch for this thing? Would one off a Panther LTD, Marquis, Town Car work? Considering selling mine too, I'm in western WA. It's got 101k miles and aftermarket airbag suspension (lowrider). email@example.com
I've heard that the hinges are Lincoln-specific. If you have time, check out your local junkyards to see if they have any '80s Town Cars to harvest parts from.