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1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V
2-Door hardtop
“Bill Blass Edition”

Model Year History Overview:

This 1979 Lincoln Continental Mark V is number five in the series of eight Continental Marks that Ford produced.  Continental began in 1938 as a dream car for Edsel Ford.  Edsel directed the stylist, Bob Gregorie to make it “thoroughly continental,” complete with outside spare tire–hence the name.  Originally, this new Lincoln was a one-off custom for Edsel.  But, everyone who saw it thought it was sensational.  A year later the 1940 Lincoln-Zephyr Continental was on sale in Lincoln showrooms.  A coupe and cabriolet were offered at about $2,850.00.  Continental became a separate model in 1941 and the last one produced was in 1948.  It emerged again in 1956-58 as Continental Mark II and again re-appeared in 1968 as a Mark III.  The Continental Mark series continued unbroken until 1998 when it ended with the Mark VIII.

This car has had only one previous owner who said it was always kept in a heated garage and never driven in winter.  Actual mileage is 15,310 miles.  All the original paperwork and order sheet are with the vehicle. This vehicle is equipped with almost every possible option.  The spare tire still has the plastic on it.

Bill Blass

(born June 22, 1922, Ft. Wayne, Ind., U.S. — died June 12, 2002, New Preston, Conn.) U.S. fashion designer. Blass left home at age 17 to attend the Parsons School of Design in New York City. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he returned to New York, where in 1959 he became the head designer of Maurice Rentner, Ltd. Building upon the innovations of European designers such as Coco Chanel, Blass made clothes that allowed women a chic, modern sense of ease and comfort. His work became popular among New York high-society women. In 1970 Blass became owner of Rentner, which he renamed after himself. He was a pioneer in employing the business strategy of licensing his designs and name to a huge array of fashion accessories and automobiles. In 1999 he sold his company, which continued as Bill Blass Ltd., and he retired the following year.

Total 1979 Lincoln  189,546
Total Mark V Production: 75,939

Originally Sold To: Northgate Ford, Port Huron, Michigan
Base MSRP: $13,771.00
MSRP for this car: $17,878.00
Vehicle Mileage: 15, 310 (Original)

Lincoln Continental Mark V
2-Door Hardtop
“Bill Blass Edition”
VIN Number: 9Y89S729658
Assembly Plant:  Wixom, Michigan
Exterior Color:  Midnight Blue Metallic (9D) & Ivory White w/White Vinyl roof
Convertible Top:  N/A
Interior Trim:  Blue Leather
Engine:  400 CID (6.6 Liter) OHV V-8 / 159 Horsepower
Bore/Stroke:  4.00” x 4.00”
Transmission:  Select Shift Automatic

  • Cartier Clock
  • Electronic AM/FM Stereo Search Radio w/ Quad 8-Track Tape
  • Twin Comfort Lounge Leather Seats
  • Reclining Passenger Seat
  • Air Conditioner – Auto Temp Control
  • Defroster Group
  • Illuminated Entry System
  • Tinted  Glass
  • Tilt Steering Wheel
  • Remote Mirrors
  • Cornering Lights
  • Fuel Indicator-Miles To Empty
  • Interval Windshield Wipers
  • Power Lock Convenience Group
  • Six-Way Power Driver Seat
  • Power Steering & Brakes
  • Power Windows
  • Cruise Control
  • Wide Whitewall tires

Wheelbase:  120.4 inches

Weight:  4,589 LBS

Stock Number: C 121

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