Friday, November 3, 2017

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.


  1. Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't this just a Lincoln-ified Ford LTD? If so, it would make the tangent even more interesting, as the LTD was the car of choice for Barnaby Jones, who was a spin-off from Cannon. HMMMMMMMMMM.

  2. Leaders in the squeal tires on dirt roads and grass fields: FBI starring Efrem Zimbalist Jr! Watch out or Frank Cannon will get you with his patented "Judo chop" to the neck... or get wedged between two parked cars running after an evil doer...

  3. Gas pedal throw was about 12," and an equal number of turns lock-to-lock.
    Like having a ping-pong table nailed to your hood.

    1. ps-the worst thing I've ever driven. A marvel it was ever produced.

    2. Uk-trashhead !!!

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