There’s a special place in my heart for the Lincoln Mark VII LSC. My second car was one of these and someday I will tell you all about how weird and quirky the particular one I called mine was. This model is a Luxurious and Sporty Coupe. That’s where the LSC moniker comes from.
I drove it entirely across the country, and it’s the only car I have done that in. A real highway cruiser with a nice 5.0 (302 Windsor) V8. I really grew attached to mine and ended up putting 199,000 miles on it. That’s when the engine went up in a cloud of smoke in my driveway. Truly a noble ending for a noble car.
I was actually happy and excited when that happened, because I really didn’t have the funds at that time to repair all of the things an old car needed to have fixed, and it was really beginning to wear down piece by piece. Really, nobody wants to see their favorite stallion limping, so it went out with a bang, and I pumped my fist and shouted YES! At the time. It’s true, that actually happened.
One thing to keep in mind about the Mark VII is that it has an air suspension. And they have a tendency to leak, and when it does, you end up with a low-rider while it is parked, and then as you start it up, the air bags if they have any integrity fill back up and your ride height is normalized. I always thought of mine as the “kneeling bus” of Luxury Sport Coupes.
This particular LSC has the original air suspension. It will likely need to be replaced at some point as the air bags fail. It would be best to replace them with a non-air suspension at that point. However, this car despite its age only has 37,xxx miles on it. That’s a crazily low number for a 1990. The SE (Special Edition) was a pretty rare version of the car, and while it’s not exactly collectible, it’s still nice to have rare things.
This car was restored by the seller, and is a southwestern-US car which generally means that there is less likelihood of rust.Wouldn’t you know it, the seller confirms a rust-free body to be the case. It has had a new comprehensive prep and paint job in 2017 with Dark Titanium PPG paint. Body is said to be straight with trim and moldings in excellent condition.
Interestingly in 1985 the Mark VII LSC was the first American vehicle to feature electronic anti-lock brakes. OK so that’s not exactly analog, but a nice feature nonetheless. I’m pretty sure this particular car has the 225 HP engine that was also used in the Mustang GT of the time, so it had decent get up and go, but it was also a fairly heavy car at 3,748 lbs, so 0-60 was in the high 7 to low 8-second range. After all, this really wasn’t a sports car, it was a luxury car with sporty elements.
Although a few details on the exterior of the car gave away that it was slightly tuned for better handling. It was mainly the higher output engine, which became standard in 1989 (the year my car was manufactured), the suspension, and steering were what made it sporty. I can still remember the steering being very good on that car.
Along with new fan/clutch and 160F thermostat, the car also has a new AC condenser, and has been converted to R134a, which is good to know since it’s currently located in one of the hotter areas of the country. New sway bars, and all new bushings and endlinks have been installed. Badging has been restored as has the keyless entry pad. Walker Super Turbo Mufflers have replaced stock, and it comes with excellent tires on (probably) 16” wheels.
Honestly, I’m thinking about this one for myself…hmmmm….
Have a read through the ad on craigslist HERE for more information on this clean-title example and to contact the seller.