Everything about the Mk IV was big. It was one of the largest cars ever to come out of Detroit, and had the biggest-capacity engine ever available in a passenger car up until the 1960s. Like the Skyline which had arrived just two years before, the Lincoln used a retractable hardtop which neatly stowed away in the trunk, but when up, the rear screen raked inwards and offered an opening window for rear-passenger ventilation. Given the ostentatious time, the Mk IV was one of the least fussy cars from Detroit, but it was immensely stylish with its wide, canted headlight grille and work-of-art fenders both ends. Suspension was conventional for the time, with wishbones and leaf springs front and rear, while the all cast-iron engine thumped out enormous torque to make the Mk IV a great cruiser and, significantly, quicker than the Cadillacs.
Lincoln Continental Mk IV (1959) Specifications
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