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YAK Car Pic of the Day


“Damned be the gas prices, full speed ahead!” could just be the motto of the North Tonawanda family in whose driveway I saw this 1977 Continental Mark V, along with a 1989 Lincoln Town Car lurking behind it. No it wasn’t 25 years ago, but more like a summer or two back in time. The Town Car had already experienced a downsizing by 1989, but the Mark V in 1977 was still in its complete state of hugeness, and wouldn’t shed any inches until the arrival of the Mark VI in 1980. By then they started looking silly; or, sillier, depending on your point-of-view.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know


  • MaxPlanck

    As hulky as that Mark V was, it did have appealing lines. Too bad that appeal wasn’t retained when it was downsized.

  • Sean Danvers

    They did agility road tests on a recent episode of Top Gear UK with a similar Mark V. Jeremy Clarkson mused on just how you could get so few HP out of such a gigantic V8

    • Ridgewaycynic2013

      The Mark V is one of the cars I immediately visualize when I read Douglas Adams’ line “looks like a fish, moves like a fish, steers like a cow”.