March 3, 2019
This 1972 Continental Mark IV comes with a pedigree. The original Continental, marketed as a Lincoln Continental, was the brainchild of Edsel Ford, Henry’s son, and was sold from 1940-48 (with a break during World War II). A new car, the Continental Mark II, debuted for 1956 and only lasted for two model years (at a price of ten grand, it’s no wonder!). Things got a bit muddied-up in 1958, when Ford’s Continental Division slapped the Continental Mark III name on a version of the Lincoln Premiere/Capri (below), and subsequent Mark IV and Mark V cars in 1959-60. Nine years later, someone somewhere at Ford seemed to have forgotten about the 58-60 models when the new 1969 Continental Mark III was introduced. Whoops! The redesigned Mark IV came along for 1972, and was the last Continental to wear non-federally mandated bumpers. As you can see, both the front and the rear units blended smoothly with the body lines on today’s example, seen a couple of summers ago in Buffalo.
Jim Corbran, RRofWNY
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