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1997 Lincoln Mark VIII

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1997 Base 2dr Coupe
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Price:   -  From $37,280
1997 LSC 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $38,880


In the 40-odd years since its inception, Lincoln's Mark series has come to represent the marriage of driver-pampering luxury and potent sport coupe road prowess. When it was introduced in 1993, Lincoln's current incarnation, the Mark VIII, continued that tradition--from the plush, landed-gentry refinement of its cabin to its highway-gobbling 280-hp V8 engine. Now, with a host of new features, restyled body panels, a new interior and some technological advances, the Mark VIII has once again topped itself. Where do we begin? Let's start with the Mark's innovative new lighting system, including High-Density Discharge headlamps that deliver 2.7 times more reflective light than standard lamps--meaning the driver sees things easier and sooner. And the Mark VIII's use of a neon tube taillamp system--an industry first that was pioneered in the Ford Explorer--allows following drivers to significantly reduce their stopping distance. In addition, Lincoln designers have replaced the Mark's plastic hood with an aluminum one, enlarged the grille, modified the exhaust tips, and added new front and rear fascias, along with new quarter panels. There's more. The trademark rear-end tire hump, recalling the first Continental of 1940, is now more subtle, and six new hues have been added to the color chart. The Mark's interior has also been redesigned, with several new touches--a power-tilt steering column with memory, burled-walnut door trim, power-adjusted lumbar-support, luxury instrument panel, and leather-trimmed armrests. Two trim levels are offered--the standard Mark VIII and the sportier LSC (Luxury Sport Coupe). The hue of our LSC test model was dubbed Opal Opalascent. In less poetic English, it was a handsomely creamy off-white. Our LSC tester's base price was $38,880. It came equipped with several options: A $1515 power moonroof, a $670 trunk-mounted CD changer, a $300 tri-coat paint treatment, $290 heated seats and two no-charge options--front floor mats and electronic traction assist. The $670 destination charge boosted the total cost to $42,325.

Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
4.6L V-8 / 280 HP / 285 ft.lbs.
4-spd auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
18 / 25 / 21 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
4.6L V-8 / 280 HP / 285 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
18 / 25 / 21 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Aluminum
Fuel Tank
18.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
102 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
207.3 "
Exterior Width
74.0 "
Exterior Height
53.6 "
Front Headroom
38.1 "
Rear Headroom
37.5 "
Front Legroom
42.6 "
Rear Legroom
35.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
59.5 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,618 Lbs.
Wheel Base
113 "
Turning Radius
18.6 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
2 Doors
16.0 " Silver Aluminum
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote Heated
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(6-way Power)
Front Armrests
(6-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Radio & Infotainment
Premium Am/fm Stereo, Seek-scan
8 Brand
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months

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