My second car

A Lincoln Mark IV built in 1972 with a 7.5L V8 engine.

Driving an american car was always a dream for me. Way before I even had a drivers license I was dreaming of owning a Cadillac or a Buick. The one that Kojak was driving (A-Body Century (https://youtu.be/VGYg5GuLqXY?t=23 )).

But I fell in love with a green Lincoln Mark IV from 1972.

Lincoln Mark IV from 1972

I fell in love when I was sitting in another Lincoln Mark IV. The enormous bonnet, the ultra-thin steering wheel and the soft couch inside. Things that are very disturbing and different for germans. I liked it back then.

The car piqued my curiosity. It was old and I like old cars. They are from a different time and I can feel that.

The Lincoln is big. It’s bigger than most cars in Germany.

Lincoln Mark IV from 1972

But it’s big only on the outside. Inside it’s not spacious. A VW Passat has much more space. On this picture you can see my Lincoln. Behind the Lincoln you can see a VW T5 which can carry 6 or 7 people and still has space for stuff.

Speaking of space. The trunk of the Lincoln. It seems big but you can’t really put anything big in it. It’s strange. But I didn’t care.

Lincoln Mark IV from 1972

Some vehicles are bigger than this Lincoln. Size of the Lincoln is problematic in Germany. Parking spaces were designed in the 70ies and cars of that era were small (at least here in Germany). They are still building smallish parking spaces. Idiots.

Lincoln Mark IV from 1972

I even had to rent a special garage which is meant to be used by campers. The Lincoln is simply too long for the typical german garage.

Lincoln Mark IV from 1972

The cockpit was interesting. It had a clock with a “Cartier” label on it but it wasn’t built by Cartier. No wonder it stopped working. Anything that looked liked wood wasn’t.

Ash trays. Everywhere. In the front, on the doors, just everywhere. This car was, without a doubt, built for smokers. I did smoke in there.

Lincoln Mark IV from 1972

Mechanically it seemed very simple. Some things weren’t connected as they were supposed to but the engine was still working as expected.

It had a 3 gear automatic gearbox. To this day it was the smoothest automatic gearbox I have ever driven. No really. You might think that 3 gears are not enough but you are wrong. It was more than enough. I could barely tell when the gearbox changed gear. And it was old already.

Lincoln Mark IV from 1972

To some people this car may look archaic but to me this is one of the best looking cars on earth. It also never broke down. It just worked…somehow.

Lincoln Mark IV from 1972

It was the smoothest car I have ever owned. It was so relaxing to drive it. I never experienced that in any car again. I sold the car to some other car enthusiast.