The Lincoln Mark VII/VIII was the flagship of the Lincoln-Mercury line during the 1990s. The high-content rear-drive V8 coupe was geared to take on competition offered by Cadillac Eldorado, Lexus SC 400 and Acura Legend coupe.
Very early in the '90s, Lincoln's rear-wheel-drive 2-door coupe was known as the Lincoln Mark VII. There were two models -- the Bill Blass and the LSC SE.
The Mark VII was discontinued in 1992, upon being replaced by its successor, the Lincoln Mark VIII.
For 1993, the Mark VIII was now available in just one series.
Minimal changes for '95 occurred. Exterior revisions for the '95 Mark were limited to a new rear bumper cover that has been scalloped out to accommodate new bright exhaust tips. Inside, a new radio with larger buttons as well as a richer burled-walnut wood trim, this in response to shoppers who complained about the original Mark VIII's rather austere, woodless interior. A new item for '95 was a delayed accessory power feature that would allow a full 10 minutes for closing windows and moonroof after the ignition has been shut off. Another neat touch was the visor-mounted remote garage door opener. Three virtually flush mounted buttons learned the frequency, and replaced the function, of up to three handheld remote garage door opener units.
A special 1995-1/2 model, limited to 5000 units, was offered with a monochromatic paint scheme, no chrome, high-intensity headlights, perforated leather seats and a new wheel design. A sport version of the Mark VIII, the car had a bit more horsepower thanks to a true dual exhaust, a performance rear-axle ratio and a special handling suspension. The Mark VIII powertrain used Ford's dohc 4.6-liter "modular" V8 mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The front air spring suspension provided a good ride/handling compromise.
As of mid-1994:
- $38,800 (1995 Lincoln Mark VIII)
As of August 1, 1995:
- $39,650 (1996 Lincoln Mark VIII)