1956 Lincoln Mark II hardtop coupe
The 1984-1992 Lincoln
Continental Mark VII LSC was celebrated in song as the closest thing to
the "hot rod Lincoln." Introduced with standard and "Designer" Mark
VIIs, they were all based on the new aero-look 1983 Thunderbird, but
overt performance touches belied LSC's "Luxury Sport Coupe" title.
Distinctions included a handling suspension with firm springs/shocks, quick-ratio power steering, performance tires on cast-alloy wheels, foglights, sporty but subdued bucket-seat interior (with afterthought analog gauges from '85), and a throttle-body-injected 302 V-8.
Horses were upped by 20 for '85 via dual exhausts, tube headers, aluminum intake manifold with high-flow throttle body, performance cam, and low-restriction air cleaner. Another 25 bhp was achieved for '88 via new cylinder heads and further-improved induction.
Teves anti-lock brakes became optional for '85, standard from 1986. Otherwise, there were minor trim and equipment changes each year; a driver's side airbag (accompanied by a dash reworked to accommodate it) was a notable safety advance for 1990.
Too new to be collectible yet, and maybe too numerous as well: against all odds, the LSC ultimately became the best-selling Mark VII. Still, it is a very nice newer model with plenty of enthusiast appeal and perhaps some investment appeal down the road.
Pluses of the 1984-1992 Lincoln Continental Mark VII LSC:
- Smooth and quick (0-60 in well under 9 seconds)
- Handling more than decent
- Well equipped
- Well built
- ABS brakes (exc. '84)
- Still current
Minuses of the 1984-1992 Lincoln Continental Mark VII LSC:
- No appreciable dollar return for some time yet, if ever
- Small cabin for exterior size
- Mediocre outward vision
Production of the 1984-1992 Lincoln Continental Mark VII LSC:
- 1984: 33,344
- 1985: 18,355
- 1986: 20,056
- 1987: 15,286
- 1988: 38,259 23,184
- 1989: 27,030
- 1990: 18,000 est.
Specifications of the 1984-1992 Lincoln Continental Mark VII LSC:
Length (in.) 202.8
Wheelbase (in.) 108.6
Weight (lbs) 3625-3775
Price (new) $23,700-32,156
Engines for the 1956-1957 Lincoln Continental Mark VII LSC::
| ohv V-8||302 cid||140-180||1984-1985|
|ohv V-8||302 cid||200||1986-1987|
|ohv V-8||302 cid||225||1988-92|
- Prices in 2000 were $7000-10,000 for top examples.
- 2000-2010 RETURN Even for fine copies
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