Loaded with a long list of luxury features: power windows, antenna, air-conditioning, six-by-six-way power seats, Cartier electric clock, wooden dashboard, and door locks, all standard fare, it also got a fat waistline, weighing two tons that made its Sure Track power brake system work very hard each time it came to a dead stop. For an extra $179, leather lounge seats could be ordered.
Power for these big cars had to be tamed because of Federal restrictions on power. The 460cid V8 could push 224 bhp. The rear bumper followed the rounded Continental wheel cover, a feature that started with the Mark Is. Shuttered headlights and heavyweight chrome bumper, vinyl, leather-look roof was standard on all Mark IVs. For the exterior, another $127 would be tacked on for a metallic hue.
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The 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV had enough room for five and was
longer and wider than its predecessor Mark III. The tiny "opera" window
in the huge rear pillar was a trademark until 1984.
1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV Specs
Production 48,591 (1972)
Mark IV 1972
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