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Car History Year 1977
Date: Monday, September 27 @ 13:12:16 UTC
Topic: Cars

At first glance, if you were looking for an automotive styling or engineering revolution in '77, the last car you would consider would be the Lincoln Continental Mark V. Indeed, that initial look would probably have convinced you that the new Mark V was bigger - and therefore heavier- than ever before. But appearances can be deceptive and, although it is true that the overall length had increased by a couple of inches, the wheelbase remained unchanged at 120.4 inches; the weight was actually down by around 400 pounds when compared to the Mark IV of a year earlier.

By saving that amount of weight on a full-size family sedan you might expect to see some significant improvements in performance and gas mileage. However, even after putting the gigantic Lincoln luxury 2-door cruiser on a strict diet it still showed an unhealthy appetite for fuel, struggling to better 10 miles per gallon. The reason for this was twofold. Firstly, the Mark V was still a very heavy car, and could easily top 5,000 pounds by the time it was ready to hit the road. Secondly, the standard engine had been downsized to a 400 cu.in. V8 (an enlarged version of the 351 cu.in. Ford Cleveland unit) that produced just 181 bhp when fitted with all the emission control equipment required in California. The 460 cu.in. engine, however, was still available as an option. As far as the styling goes, the changes to the Continental Mark V could best be described as evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Its heritage was immediately identifiable, but designer Don DeLaRossa had cleverly accentuated the angularity of the lines by replacing rounded corners with sharp edges in key places. Other noticeable Mark V exterior features included three louvers introduced behind each front wheel arch, body side moldings dropped down by a few inches and the vertically arranged taillights. Four model variations that did carry over were those in the special edition Designer Series. Renowned fashion designers Bill Blass, Cartier, Hubert de Givency and Emilio Pucci each gave their names to a model finished in a distinctive body color and upholstery combination. The Cartier was fairly muted, using dove gray paint with a matching vinyl roof and leather interior, while the Givency came with metallic dark jade paintwork, chamois, vinyl roof and dark jade leather. The Bill Blass used midnight blue paint and chamois, and the Pucci was painted in black diamond fire with white vinyl and leather. Other items fitted as standard on the Designer Series models were the gold-finished instrument panel, dual vanity mirrors and turbine-style aluminum wheels. But if the bulky Mark V seemed to be slightly out of step with what was happening in the world, there were still plenty of people for whom "big was beautiful" and the Lincoln dealers found no less than 80,321 customers willing to pay for this gas guzzler. Less successful, by a long way, was Lincoln's belated 1977 answer to the Cadillac Seville - the Versailles. Based on the Ford Granada/Mercury Monarch platform, the Versailles only lasted until 1980 and never came close to capturing the compact luxury market in the same way as the Seville. Yet, even though the enormous Continental Mark V was an undoubted hit in 1977, the most worrying figure for the US auto industry was the 2.1 million imported vehicles that were flooding in to the country. This represented 20% of the sales total, and most of the goreign models were in the compact and subcompact market sectors where fuel-efficiency was more important than flashy special editions. This dominance caused Ford's small car factories to close early for the annual model changeover. The giants on wheels might have been slow in disappearing from the freeways, but all too many giants of the entertainment world were departing and leaving huge gaps in American society that would prove impossible to fill. The biggest loss of all, and grieved around the globe, was when Elvis Presley died, aged 42, on August 16. Other icons who passed away were Bing Crosby, Charlie Chaplin and Groucho Marx. Specification LINCOLN CONTINENTAL MARK V Engine V8 - cast iron block Displacement 400 cu. ins Bore and stroke 4.0x4.0 ins. Horsepower 179 Body styles Hardtop coupe No. of seats 5 Weight (lbs) 4,567 Ibs Price $11,396 Produced 80,321     Specification FORD LTD II SEDAN Engine V8 - cast iron block Displacement 302 cu. ins Bore and stroke 4.0x3.0 ins. Horsepower 130 Body styles 4 door sedan No. of seats 5 Weight (lbs) 3,904 Ibs Price $4,870 Produced 56,704  

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