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Eric
09-01-2009, 07:52 AM
1984 Lincoln Mark VII Diesel

In the mid-1980s, one of the hottest luxury sport coupes around was Lincoln’s Mark VII coupe.

While GM was peddling flimsy front-wheel-drive Eldorados and pretty but problem-plagued Allantes, Lincoln actually hit one out of the park. The rear-drive Mark VII was a great-looking car that did credit to the capability of American stylists. It was hulky and fast-looking, with features and equipment that rivaled the world’s finest cars. Even better, it could be fitted out in true “Hot Rod Lincoln” style by specifying the Luxury Sport Coupe (LSC) package. This centered around the same “High Output” 5-liter V-8 used in the Mustang GT during those years. With as much as 220 horsepower on tap, tube headers, dual exhausts, and an aggressive sport-tuned suspension system, the Mark VII LSC was one of the most desirable luxo-sport coupes of the Reagan years and compared quite favorably to high-end imports like the Mercedes 450SL.

But there was a version of the Mark VII that didn’t do as well as the rest. In 1984—the first year for the Mark VII—a 115-horsepower BMW/Steyr-sourced 2.4-liter straight-six diesel engine could be ordered in place of the gas-burning, 5-liter V-8. The diesel option was supposed to further enhance the “Euro” appeal of the then-new Mark. All it really did was remind people how wonderful it is that the U.S. government, unlike those of most European nations, doesn’t place extortionate taxes on gasoline and thereby force Americans to drive smoke-spewing, death-rattling garbage scows—which is what the diesel-equipped Mark VII felt and sounded like. It could go farther on a full tank, but most people who experienced a ride wanted it to be over sooner rather than later.

The diesel Mark was bought by very few and did not last long; it was dropped with little notice or remorse from the product literature and options sheet, never to return. Today, a diesel Mark VII is the only Mark eschewed by collectors and enthusiasts of this otherwise trend-setting and historic automobile.

Mase
09-01-2009, 02:59 PM
1984 Mark VII Diesel

Eric
09-01-2009, 03:53 PM
1984 Mark VII Diesel

My mom had an '87 LSC (gas engine, 5.0 liter V-8) and it was a nice-looking/powerful (for the time) car that handled well and deserved to be called (as it was, at the time) an American SL - or at least, a car that had the potential to become a legitimate Americanized SL...

Disco Man
09-02-2009, 01:28 AM
Nice write-up on a very rare car.

The 115 horsepower Diesel BMW six-cylinder available on the Mark VII rating back in 1984 does not seem too bad when compared to the 1984 Cadillac Eldorado's Diesel 5.7 liter (Olds) V8 which was rated at 105 horsepower and a meager 200 lbs/ft of torque.

And worth noting is the (gasoline powered) 1984 (TBI) EFI powered Mark VII & Mark VII LSC 5.0 liter (302 CID) V8 was rated at only 140 horsepower and 240 lbs/ft of torque (155 horsepower with optional dual exhausts). Of course the (gasoline powered) 4.1 liter V8 powered 1984 Eldorado was rated at 135 horsepower (which was less than the '84 Mark VII) with 200 lbs/ft of torque.

Eric
09-02-2009, 08:12 AM
Nice write-up on a very rare car.

The 115 horsepower Diesel BMW six-cylinder available on the Mark VII rating back in 1984 does not seem too bad when compared to the 1984 Cadillac Eldorado's Diesel 5.7 liter (Olds) V8 which was rated at 105 horsepower and a meager 200 lbs/ft of torque.

And worth noting is the (gasoline powered) 1984 (TBI) EFI powered Mark VII & Mark VII LSC 5.0 liter (302 CID) V8 was rated at only 140 horsepower and 240 lbs/ft of torque (155 horsepower with optional dual exhausts). Of course the (gasoline powered) 4.1 liter V8 powered 1984 Eldorado was rated at 135 horsepower (which was less than the '84 Mark VII) with 200 lbs/ft of torque.

The really sad thing is the way Lincoln screwed up the Mark VII. I remember when these cars came out and they were a hit; they improved Lincoln's image considerably, too. Then they radically redid the body (Mark VIII) so that it looked tubby and melted instead of muscular and chiseled. It wasn't a terrible car (the drivetrain was excellent) but it wasn't nearly as well received as the previous Mark VII. Then they just dropped the car completely - and now Lincoln is not even a minor player in the luxury coupe segment.

Disco Man
09-02-2009, 08:16 PM
The really sad thing is the way Lincoln screwed up the Mark VII. I remember when these cars came out and they were a hit; they improved Lincoln's image considerably, too. Then they radically redid the body (Mark VIII) so that it looked tubby and melted instead of muscular and chiseled. It wasn't a terrible car (the drivetrain was excellent) but it wasn't nearly as well received as the previous Mark VII. Then they just dropped the car completely - and now Lincoln is not even a minor player in the luxury coupe segment.

Very well said. The Mark VIII was a massive blunder. It had the power and performance but it was an ugly duckling. Its styling was so odd that it never caught on with the buyers in the sport/luxury coupe segment.

I really liked the 1984-1992 Mark VII LSC, not only was the exterior styling very well done, the interior was so much better than any other Ford product at the time or any of its competitors. The LSC's seats were some of the most comfortable of the era. The only thing that looked strange in the interior was that space age looking console auto shifter, it had a massive shift handle on this bent ultra-skinny pole. Other than that the interior was perfect.

Mase
09-02-2009, 10:52 PM
Very well said. The Mark VIII was a massive blunder. It had the power and performance but it was an ugly duckling. Its styling was so odd that it never caught on with the buyers in the sport/luxury coupe segment.

I really liked the 1984-1992 Mark VII LSC, not only was the exterior styling very well done, the interior was so much better than any other Ford product at the time or any of its competitors. The LSC's seats were some of the most comfortable of the era. The only thing that looked strange in the interior was that space age looking console auto shifter, it had a massive shift handle on this bent ultra-skinny pole. Other than that the interior was perfect.

Mark VIII

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