1960 Lincoln Mark V Convertible

The all-new 1958–60 Continental was the creation of Ford stylist John Najjar, with considerable contributions from a young Larry Shinoda (later of Corvette Sting Ray fame). Designed in the mid-1950s as a response to the “bigger is better and too much is just right” school of thought, it wound up being the most deluxe automobile built by Lincoln in this era, with a 131-inch-wheelbase chassis and an overall length of 227.2 inches. In fact, the 1960 Mark V Convertible remains the largest open-top American car built after World War II.

Even when new, these exclusive automobiles were just that - exclusive. Only 2,044 Mark V Convertibles were made, and when new, they represented the zenith of American motoring.

The glamorous beauty offered here was formerly owned by Jerry Capizzi. Mr. Capizzi was one of the most well-known collectors of Lincoln automobiles in the country and was well respected in the collector community. His cars were admired for their authenticity and high level of quality, and this magnificent Mark V is no exception. The exceptionality of this car was recognized by the Lincoln Continental Club of America (LCOC) twice, capturing the Lincoln Trophy #6 (Best 1958-1960 Lincoln Continental) at the Eastern National Meet in 1993, and was a Major Award Winner (Best of Show) at the club’s Mid-America National Meet the following year.  The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) also was impressed, bestowing upon it the club’s coveted Senior National First Place prize for two consecutive years in 1996 and 1997. Three grill badges commemorating these significant achievements are still proudly displayed on the front of this very special Lincoln. Properly stored and driven sparingly since it was restored, the car remains in remarkable condition today, a testament not only to the great care it has been treated to, but also to the quality of the restoration.

Recently refinished in the beautiful factory-correct color of Twilight Pink, it has all of the luxuries expected of this model, including power windows, power vent windows, power top, and 6-way power seats, with the seats themselves being thickly and comfortably upholstered in rich two tone Black and White leather. The interior is particularly glamorous, with its engine-turned dashboard finish carrying Space Age-inspired gauges and a signal-seeking Town & Country radio. Additionally, this car is equipped with a very rare and highly-desirable factory FM radio unit which is mounted below the dash in a specially styled housing. Other optional factory equipment includes air conditioning and Speed Control. While the restoration is slightly older, it still presents beautifully, with good factory-standard shut lines and panel gaps and an engine bay properly finished with correct reproduced assembly line markings and detailing.

No collection of Lincolns is complete without a Mark V, representing the ultimate production from the company’s glitziest and most fascinating era. This fine example, offering all the comforts of home, is a superb choice for the collector who appreciates the many charms of this multiple award winning 1960 Lincoln Mark V and its place in car collecting history.

 

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$76,500

Stock number 7669

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