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.
Year-to-year changes[edit | edit source]
1991[edit | edit source]
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.
1992[edit | edit source]
The Mark VII was discontinued in 1992, upon being replaced by its successor, the Lincoln Mark VIII.
1993[edit | edit source]
For 1993, the Mark VIII was now available in just one series.
1995[edit | edit source]
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.
Retail prices[edit | edit source]
As of mid-1994:
- $38,800 (1995 Lincoln Mark VIII)
As of August 1, 1995:
- $39,650 (1996 Lincoln Mark VIII)