Frank’s Car: 1973 Lincoln Continental Mark IV

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.