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Everything but the same old cars

Mark of Excellence

Posted by Mike Bumbeck On April - 1 - 2009


From the we’re not fooling department comes this 1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III. This embodiment of American luxury and style was purchased at a Goodguys car corral for the princely sum of 500 dollars by one Brad Walker. “For 500 bucks, it’s got some good bones”, said a smiling Brad out on the lawn. While the sled came stock with a 460 cubic inch V-8, Brad just happens to already have a 429 Ford Cobra jet engine out in his garage that might soon have a new home. 1971 was the last year for the big Mark III, which sent 365 horsepower through the three-speed automatic trans. We also solved a mystery for which fellow FoMoCo driver Steve McGarrett already knew the answer to. The War of the Worlds looking sensor located to port of the mighty Continental bridge is the AutoLamp, which senses oncoming headlamps, and automatically adjusts the Lincoln’s lamps accordingly. We were hoping that the Lincoln automatically charged and fired its laser if the other driver didn’t drop their high beams, but this would have likely been too expensive an option for 1971.


10 Responses

  1. Alex Nunez Said,

    A laser would have cost at least as much as the power T-Tops GM investigated…

    Posted on April 1st, 2009 at 11:35 am

  2. Mad_Science Said,

    Looks like the underhood volume rivals that of the interior. It’s the American Way.

    Posted on April 1st, 2009 at 11:51 am

  3. jeremy! Said,

    Wait, it flashes your lights at people running with their high beams on or turns off yours if it senses oncoming cars? [As far as we know - automatically switches to low beams when it senses oncoming lights. The lasers function may have been reserved for the military versions - Ed]

    Posted on April 1st, 2009 at 11:58 am

  4. casadelshawn Said,

    My old boss has one of these with ~8k miles. No foolin’, he bought it new. It gets driven around the neighborhood once a month, then wiped down with a diaper. Kind of a shame, IMHO. ‘Course, he does have a few other nice cars, like this one

    Posted on April 1st, 2009 at 12:54 pm

  5. TV's Paul Y. Said,

    That is about the best $500 car, ever.

    Posted on April 1st, 2009 at 2:00 pm

  6. USA#1 Said,

    Those cars are freakin sweet! So is the 72 Mark 4 .
    Great buy for 5 hun! Lincoln should still
    build them like this today! The 72 Eldorado
    also had the highbeam sensor.

    Posted on April 1st, 2009 at 2:18 pm

  7. Tomsk Said,

    Definitely too nice for Le Mons…

    Posted on April 1st, 2009 at 2:30 pm

  8. Mark B. Morrow Said,

    Steve McGarrett drove a Mercury, not a Lincoln. [Mea Culpa! A major short-circuit on my part. The entire first season of Hawaii-Five-O on DVD is in the Clunkbucket collection. - ed]

    Posted on April 6th, 2009 at 6:46 pm

  9. Myron Vernis Said,

    @USA#1: The Mark III design is classically elegant while the Mark IV looked best in Bugazzi get-up by Barris.

    Posted on April 7th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

  10. Ed MacVaugh Said,

    In the pilot of the TV series “Cannon, private detective”, William Conrad drives a MK III

    Posted on June 16th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

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