1969-1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III | AUTOMOTIVE MILEPOSTS

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1969-1971 Lincoln

About the Mark III

When people into the showroom at their Lincoln dealer in the Spring of they might have a bit confused at what they A Continental Mark III? those built 10 years A 1969 model?

It’s April, 1968! And they be correct on both counts. new cars in April was a Ford by this time.

After they’d done it before the Falcon and the Mustang, both successful debuts. Next model available 6 months of everyone else. why fool a proven concept? And once it worked.

The 1969 Continental III was an instant success.

Built on the door Thunderbird platform, the and the Mark III shared many of the components, including windshields and which allowed Ford Company to spread the development across more than one car improving their profit Since the four door platform was already in its second in 1968, it would have to be over for a longer period to a three year styling for the Mark III, which the T-Bird’s sales somewhat, but was to control costs.

No one knows for sure why Lincoln the Mark III name again, speculate it was because Ford was so with the slow sales of the Mark III, and they to somehow pretend it never and by reusing the name they somehow changing history. For reason, all of the Marks from had their names reused from 1969-1979. And while the Mark III might not have the public, the new Mark III certainly

What wasn’t to love? Up Lincoln took a hard at the Rolls Royce grille, it, and made it their own. headlamps flanked the new grille, side marker and front signals built-in to the leading of the front fenders.

At the rear, a lid hump reminiscent of the 1956-1957 Mark II appeared, with lamps integrated into the edges of the rear quarter so they could serve as running/brake lights and side

Lincoln stylists built up the under the rear window to the roof of the car a hunched down Open, flared wheel and restrained use of chrome trim the Mark III a powerful look, but let everyone know it was a luxury Inside, split bench seats were standard, with traditional Lincoln like rear seat lamps, power windows, and down center armrests and rear.

Lincoln borrowed the overhead console concept from the which placed warning above the windshield in the area the sun visors. In fact, the Mark III panel was a revised version of the panel, utilizing the same layout with redesigned pad, gauges and trim The Mark III used squared off openings instead of the T-bird’s round ones, but most were placed in the same and were indeed the exact controls with a few exceptions.

are numerous differences between the IIIs built in the 1968 year, and the Mark IIIs during the 1969 model Notably, the Cartier Clock appear on the early production A standard timepiece appeared in its instead. Interestingly, the standard have held up better the years, and have exhibited problems than the Cartier

All of the changes between the two production are noted on our 1968 vs. 1969 Mark III: The Differences

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The 1970 Mark III was almost in appearance to the 1969 model, it was updated with the new transmission/steering key locking system that all cars got for 1970. The vinyl and Sure-Track braking system standard equipment, along concealed windshield wipers, new covers, a new pattern on the seats and side trim panels. A few changes completed the picture, but at any it’s difficult to identify the year of the various Mark from a distance.

For 1971, it was of the same. Automatic Climate was added to the list of standard and the front seats were with a high back which eliminated the necessity of a head rest. Sales of the III each year outpaced of the Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado, was the Mark’s main competitor, but no also impacted the sales of its the Thunderbird, to some degree.

The attention to detail was incredible these years, even as far as having interior designers that seat upholstery be so that wrinkles would in the material, giving the car a relaxed, look inside.

Under the Lincoln’s powerful new 365-horsepower 460 V-8 admirably. These big, cars really had a lot of torque at the wheels, a big surprise to many the light turned green! The of the Mark III has held up very over the years, standing the of time in a dignified fashion.

don’t look like cars, they seem contemporary even today, and can and safely be operated in today’s traffic conditions, something can’t always be said other classic cars. The authoritatively styled, decisively motor car of its generation is still regarded decades later. And is the true test of a classic.

A notable event occurred in history in 1971: Lincoln its Golden Anniversary. To commemorate its year, a special 1971 Continental Golden Anniversary Car [link opens in new window] was This car came with special touches, which are on the page linked in the last

Lincoln’s past up to this had both good and bad times, but were in place to ensure good times for Lincoln in the to come, a fitting way for the make to the second half of its century.

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