Mark V

1978 — 400 cid (the fifth character in the VIN code is an S) and 460 cid (VIN code A) available. Inaugural year of the Carriage Roof simulated convertible top, which legions of tacky luxury car dealers have copied to this day (not pictured here). The only year of the Diamond Jubilee Edition (since it was Ford’s 75th anniversary). No decorative plastic cladding under the hood.

Lincoln’s last big hurrah – The Continental Mark V

Story and photos by B. Mitchell Carlson   Between the introduction of the Mark IV and its demise, there were several important events that would start to change not only the personal luxury car market, but the auto industry as a whole. The Arab oil embargo of 1973, in particular, ushered in gas shortages...