November 10, 1983 was the day the Lincoln Division of the Ford Motor Company introduced the newly designed Lincoln Mark VII. This Mark resembled no other vehicle currently produced in the United States. It's European styled front end lowered it's wind resistance considerably over previous Mark models. It's new, shorter wheelbase, made it lighter and more responsive and it's curved, wind swept fenders and roof lines made it very appealing to almost any driver. Standard equipment included a 302 cubic inch engine, four speed automatic transmission, four wheel disk brakes, four wheel air ride suspension, onboard Trip Minder Computer, air conditioning, AM/FM stereo, rear window defroster, rear seat cigarette lighters, front seat cigar lighter, interval wipers, tilt steering, cruise control, remote release fuel door, power windows, power door locks, power side view mirrors, power six way driver's seat. Three models above the base model; Bill Blass, Gianni Versace, and LSC (Lincoln Sport Coupe), provided a variety of individual style and comfort.
1984 Late this year and early 1985 offered a 2.4 liter DIESEL version of this American luxury vehicle. It's standard Ford 302 gasoline engine, better known as the Five Point Oh, was commonly found in Ford's Mustang Series. Dealers offered aftermarket options such as a convertible or Roadster conversions.
1985 All models had the now American standard "above the fender third brake light". A new option; a mobile telephone, was offered from the factory. The aftermarket GTC (Grand Touring Coupe) conversion was first offered. GTC's included a 351 Windsor engine, a five speed manual transmission, Koni Red gas struts and shocks, a ground effects body kit, BBS brand wheels, and stronger/stiffer front and rear anti sway bars.
1986 Introduced October 3, 1985 the Base model for this year came standard with chrome lower body molding, a four point star hood ornament, (2) four point star pillar badges, and cloth seats with leather inserts. For this year, Mark added the nationally required above fender third braking light. On the outside, the Mark VII continued with it's eight section grille but the driver's side headlamp badge changed from "Continental" to "Lincoln". Body changes were non existent. Mark's trademark decklid hump, European headlamp lenses, and wind swept fender lines remained. The well accepted Gianni Versace model was dropped from the line and the three models still available were the base, Bill Blass, and LSC. The diesel engine was no longer an option as only 3,794 were bought by Lincoln from BMW and were not greatly accepted between 1984 and 1985. The LSC came with a sequential multiport fuel injected 5.0 engine. Tubular exhaust headers and a tuned and molded intake manifold helped this engine to produce 200 rear wheel braking horsepower. This was 60 hp over the CFI engine output of 140 hp available for the base and Bill Blass models. Anti-lock braking systems were now standard on all Mark models. Also newly standard for this year was power reclining seats, keyless entry, Premium sound, and power decklid closer. The LSC now came with dual exhaust and a new analog speedometer, tachometer, and fuel gauge. Black wall tires on P215/65R15 wheels and perforated leather seats also were standard for the LSC. Bill Blass came standard with leather or suede saddlebag seats, 60 spoke wire wheels and two different color paint stripes along the body side and on the decklid.
1987 Introduced October 2, 1986 the Mark VII line continued to produce a Base, Bill Blass, and LSC model. There very little noticeable change for this model year. The 302 engine in the Base and Bill Blass models remained at 140 horse power while the power plant for the LSC still produced 200 horse power. 1987 Mark VIIs are known to have three different engines as a mid-year change was in the works. In anticipation of it's greatest production year, Lincoln planned and installed a 225 hp version of the 302 in very few 1987s. The new engine featured larger heads for greater compression, larger openings in the intake manifold, and larger exhaust ports into the already smooth flowing tubular exhaust manifolds of the LSC. The number of 225 hp engines installed by Lincoln into the 1987s is unknown, and would considered a collector's item today. Badging for the LSC remained the same with a LINCOLN badge above the driver's headlamp, MARK VII badges forward of the doors behind the wheel wells, and LSC badges on the rear columns. Body changes were non existent. Mark's trademark decklid hump, European headlamp lenses, and wind swept fender lines remained.
1988 was a banner year for the Mark VII series as the LSC's power plant now boasted a standard 225 hp high output version of the 302 (5.0) The LSC and Bill Blass were so loaded with standard features that the only options available were power sun roof, anti-theft alarm system, California emissions system, engine block heater, auto dimming rear view mirror, and a front license plate bracket. 16" aluminum turbine wheels were introduced as standard for the LSC model. Total production hit a high of 38,259 units that would not be surpassed in the following years.
1989 This year showed very little change from the factory in Wixom, Michigan. The LSC's power steering ratio changed for better handling and faster turning.
1990 American made cars had rear seat shoulder belts and a driver's side safety air bag installed in the steering wheel. The Mark VII was no exception. BBS styled lace aluminum cast wheels replaced the turbine wheels used in the past two years. Stronger and heavier than previous years, they were a direct copy of the BBS made wheels installed on the aftermarket GTC. BBS wheels did NOT come stamped with a Ford logo. Ford wheels did NOT come stamped BBS. A newly designed instrument panel for the LSC included a 120 mph speedometer. This was set inside of a slightly modified dashboard that offered ergonomic controls. Altering the dashboard also required altering the interior door trim.
1991 The Bill Blass received several upgrades including an improved suspension, a 3.27 rear axel ratio, and the same 225 hp high output engine as the LSC. The formerly concaved bases of the air ride suspension system, were replaced with the same air springs found in the LSC. A new model, the SE (Special Edition) Package was offered. SE's came in black or red monochromatic paint. This paint scheme now included all exterior trim pieces that were formerly chromed except the frame of the grille and the side view mirrors. The teeth of the grille followed the body's paint scheme. The side view mirrors were only available in black. SE's were shipped with BBS style wheels at 16"x7" with lace faces that also followed the body's paint scheme.
1992 The anticipation of the next Mark series meant no structural or cosmetic changes to the Mark VII. A new color, Deep Jewel Green Metallic Clearcoat, was added to the Mark VII line and was only available for the 1992. In an effort to use up as many Lincoln Mark VII parts as possible, 1992's were found to have three different types of grilles. The fuel tank shrunk 1.8 gallons to 21.0 gallons capacity. Gone were the perforated leather seat inserts. A solid, non stretched leather interior found it's way into the cockpit of the LSC's as even the door inserts now had leather facing.
April 1992 the 190,832th Mark VII rolled off the assembly line in Wixom Michigan, ending a most remarkable production series!


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