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Lincoln Continental Mk IV (1959)


Lincoln Continental Mk IV (1959)

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

Top speed:118 mph (188 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):10.4 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:430 ci (7,046 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:350 bhp (261 kW) @ 4,400 rpm
Max torque:490 lb ft (664 Nm) @ 2,800 rpm
Weight:5,192 lb (2,360 kg)
Economy:7 mpg (2.47 km/I)
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