The Hot Rod Lincoln returnsNot since the early '50s have the terms performance and Lincoln really gelled. The '84 Lincoln Mk VII LSC (Luxury Sport Coupe) brought them together. Early cars used the 140hp throttle-body injected 302, but the air suspension and good handling made them decent grand tourers, especially considering they cost under $25,000. For 1986, engineers dropped in a 200hp sequentially injected V-8 engine and just over a year later, a bigger throttle body, larger intake runners, and new heads, boosting power to 225 hp.
Combined with new 16-inch wheels and tires, the Lincoln Mk VII became the Mustang GT in a tuxedo, or an American BMW 6-series (depending on which magazine you read). It also started gaining a legion of fans that learned that besides being great performers in factory stock form, these cars could be hopped up in much the same way as 5-liter Mustangs. A new dash, driver's airbag, and interior revision arrived for 1990 along with new BBS-style wheels on LSCs, plus the first of three special editions--others would arrive for '91 and '92, after which the VII bowed out, replaced by the swoopy new Mk VIII. Today, decent Mk VIIs can be picked up for well under $5,000 and are currently one of the best bang for the buck buys in the marketplace-Ford or otherwise.
The DetailsRon Aul's '88 Lincoln Mk VII LSC