In my CC hunts, I come across quite a few Lincolns with air suspension issues. Usually, they’re just hunched down on the suspension stops in a Citroen DS or lowrider imitation. But this one has been catching my eye for quite some time, because it gets driven like this. I suspect it’s not intentional, but I do tend to lag in my awareness of the latest automotive cultural fads. Given that this Mark VIII is also lacking a rear window adds to my theory.
We all know that one of our own is a big fan of these: T-Birds with better interiors and air bags. Oh, and that four-cam engine. Did I miss something else? A price almost double that of the supercharged T-Bird SC. Enough ribbing. We all love hot-rod Lincolns. And for lovers of the genre, the Mark VIII was a high point, literally in this case. It was compared favorably to the import luxo-coupes of the time; or is that my memory recalling Lincoln PR speak? The truth about the Mark VIII is that it’s a car that I’m highly unqualified to talk about. It’s from exactly that era in my life when luxury coupes were the very last thing on my automotive radar. I guess I wasn’t the only one, because the shrinking market for the genre meant cancellation after five years, with sales shriveling to a mere 6100 units in 1998. And now Cadillac is unveiling their CTS Coupe. Is there a Mark IX in your future?