Lincoln Continental Mark III
The Lincoln division of the Ford Motor Company was enjoying considerable success during the â60s. That is mostly thanks to the fantastic Continental sedan they introduced in 1961. In fact, it was a landmark model in many aspects. With healthy sales numbers, Lincoln turned to the personal luxury market with the innovative and advanced 1969 Mark III coupe.
It proved to be one of the best personal luxury cars the Ford Motor Company ever made. They debuted it in late 1968, building the Mark III on a Thunderbird chassis and using the new and powerful 460 V8 engine. Since the new model used much of their existing mechanics, Lincoln concentrated on the design and equipment in which they excelled.
The front was dominated with a big chrome grille, reminiscent of those Rolls-Royce models. The hideaway headlights were an interesting touch and the trunk had a cool-looking spare wheel hump with the Continental lettering. And all that, along with the vinyl top made the Mark III design unique and special.
But better yet, the buyers had a long list of optional extras to choose from. Also, this was the first U.S.-made car with radial tires as standard. They replaced the Mark III with the Mark IV in 1972 and it was one of the finest personal luxury automobiles of the period.