When I was a kid, my brother and I liked to watch 70’s crime shows. One of our favorites was Cannon, the story about an overweight ex-cop P.I. in L.A, played by William Conrad. Frank had expensive tastes, not only in food, but also in cars. Frank’s ride of choice was a metallic blue’ 72 Lincoln Continental Mark IV with a black vinyl top. Find this 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV for sale in Enumclaw, WA for $5,000 via craigslist.
This Mk IV has a 460 cubic inch V-8 under it’s vast hood – or at least it did 3 years ago. For 1973, emissions regs caused a number of changes to the V-8 to where it produced 212 hp SAE net vs. the 365 gross hp the year before. By the way, the 4V on the air cleaner stood for 4 venturi which was the Autolite carburator and not 4 valves per cylinder.
I’ve seen a few red-ish interiors in new cars lately, but they are nothing like you could get in the early 70’s. Now, 44 years later it is a kaleidoscope of colors on the red end of the spectrum.
From the seller:
“Extremely nice 1973 Lincol [sic] Mark IV; 460-engine; 68,000 original miles from family member estate; always garaged; complete tuneup including carburetor, spark plugs, spark plug wires, coil, condenser, points, compression test results, timing and vacuum advance replaced; no interior wear, stains, rips or tears. Never been in an accident.“
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Gianni is Daily Turismo’s Pacific Northwest correspondent. He thinks crime shows have never been the same since Quinn Martin died.