This 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III Took It To Cadillac in the Personal Luxury Car Market

This 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III Took It To Cadillac in the Personal Luxury Car Market

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good morning this is bill from auto house of naples and curious cars or vice versa on a you know it's an unfortunately muggy florida thursday i have to say yesterday it was kind of chipper and cool in the morning this morning you can already feel the humidity so i have very low hopes for how it's going to go for the rest of the day i suspect it's going to be hot humid and shitty uh on route to a hot humid and shitty summer so what are you going to do you just got to
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keep hanging in there but we've had our season you know you get so excited in the middle of um october you know that the cooler weather is coming you've suffered through june and july and august and now the waning days it's over it's coming it's now july that's beckoning not uh not november so uh what a shame uh animals are at an absolute minimum this morning the goats i haven't seen in a couple of weeks i don't know if peter killed him gave him away uh he claims they're still alive and
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back there somewhere but uh if it's true i haven't seen them and i'm not going to venture in the back to find out i saw a cat earlier but it darted off so hopefully it stays gone and bird activity i can hear a few of them but they're not close so with any luck we're going to keep going animal free here yesterday i had a horror story go on absolute horror story if you guys remember anyone who's you know watched and god help you for a long time i was restoring a mildly restoring an
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old terrible grady white and uh you know it went for a while and then i ended up going to work over at auto house with peter and you know things change and what changed was that i went from having spare time to having no spare time because autohouse is run you know more or less like the gestapo so if you're not constantly doing [ __ ] related to selling cars then it's frowned upon so the boat was just languishing so i ended up selling it to keith our mechanic
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and uh it you know it hasn't run in six months we loaded it on the trailer because it's a good old boat good old yummy engine on there and uh yeah it's one of these horrible roller trailers that's because i bought this thing from chris who is an absolute animal a friend of mine chris he just does everything wrong when it comes to mechanical things long story short on the way back from the ramp the boat flies off the roamer trailer because the safety chain and the strap failed so in the middle of the road we're standing
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there on the side waiting for tow trucks and uh it just was a living nightmare an absolute nightmare and that's the scene for starting this video today i had a hell of a rough night i really did oh god but what are you gonna do so um well anyway we'll get right into it this is a 1969 lincoln mark iii this was not the birth of the person in luxury car but it wasn't far off either it was designed to compete with the
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cadillac eldorado which had been reborn as a person in luxury coupe in 1967 you remember that front wheel drive eldorado and uh it was doing okay and so uh ford wanted something to compete with it and uh you know me iacocca at that time was vice president riding high on his success with the mustang so uh he wanted to take something and make it work he was also a bottom line guy and the ford thunderbird at the time was a very expensive very nice car
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and it was starting to wane in the market a little bit so uh iacocca and his brilliance said you know let's do something with that platform uh to uh put something in the lincoln division that's gonna sell and help lincoln out which was losing money and uh you know spread out the cost a little bit so everyone was pondering it and then one night iacocca is on vacation somewhere you know out at the country has a brainstorm calls up uh the design captain not as vice president of design but the guy in char
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dave ash uh you know interesting guy the strawberry design studio it was uh sort of an alternative design studio within ford and says man put a thunderbird grill on a or sorry put a rolls royce grill on a thunderbird and put a spare tire hump on it and let's see what happens and he did and most people in ford hated it except for uh two key guys lee iacocca and henry ford ii they both loved it so uh because of that it started going
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forward and that eventually became this mark iii uh let's set the stage for a minute though you've got 1960 well the car came out in 68 but we're going to call it a 69 model and for the sake of that we're going to say that it was at its infancy and you know the people driving it would have been experienced in 1969 more than 68 so what exactly happened we had nixon nixon was inaugurated after uh you know lots of [ __ ] that happened before that he finally became president
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you had the moon landing as a rather big deal one small step for a man one giant leap for mankind the soviets did a spacewalk but nobody remembers it because of the moon landing they also sent a probe to uranus sorry they sent a probe to venus and they communicated with venus for a few minutes like almost an hour before that died we get the sprinklers coming on this is going to be fantastic they're going to hit me in a minute uh but anyway so nobody remembers the
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venus thing with the soviets again because of uh you know the moon landing which was a rather big deal the concorde had its first test flight in 69 uh what the hell else happens the beatles did their last public performance on the rooftop of apple records that became a rather famous thing and project blue book ended that was the united states air force investigation into flying saucers which they said there weren't any and you know that satisfied everybody who was worried
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about that you also had woodstock a bunch of animals flying around a muddy field taking acid which actually sounds like great fun but i'm honestly glad i wasn't a part of it uh the montreal expos were created which just legitimized canada it just legitimized them so i don't know if major league baseball should have done that uh gas was 35 cents a gallon uh the average car was about 3 200 bucks pbs was created sesame street that came
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out for the first time that was a big deal and uh and most importantly uh the us supreme court in stanley versus georgia declared that the state may not prohibit mere possession of obscene materials for personal use so that was you know important to all of us and we can thank mr stanley for his contribution to society back then money python's fine circus came out bell bottoms tie dyes that was sort of the look of the day movie wise you had the love bug
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you had butch cassidy and true grit midnight cowboy easy rider uh you know you had of course giant war protests going on at the time uh you know partially with those muddy hippies going out to washington getting really angry trying to overrun the congress and uh you know there was all kinds of violence and death and mayhem and riots and that sort of thing and yeah you know at the end of the day it worked because the war ended if you remember that great shot of uh people on the roof of the u.s embassy trying to cling to that last huey
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chopper and even that was a big deal technology wise the microprocessor was invented arpanet the precursor to the internet came out and the first atm which really those things should have a breathalyzer on them honestly but that also was the order of the day so 69 was a pretty big year very good year for murders mind you you had the manson murders that happened uh you had the zodiac killer that guy who never got caught and then of course you had chappaquiddick so
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uh murders were running rampant in 1969. and upon that time in history out came this mark iii and again i mean nobody put this grill in the front of this car which is it's let's just admit it's most distinguishing feature it costs 10 times what any other growth cost forward it was a pain in the ass to engineer and install it was an absolute rip-off of the cornish grill that had come out a couple of years earlier on the rolls-royce and most again internal ford people said
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it was backwards thinking it was the stuff of wooden wagon wheels and crank engines and uh henry ford ii didn't care me iacocca didn't care and uh the um uh the public loved it so it ended up being an absolute success uh ditto that for daisy spare tire hump in the rear uh which again you know it was it's not cutting edge automotive stuff it's a throwback to the past but it was ballsy at the time because nobody else was doing it and it was thought of as being a little
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bit passe and yet there it is on this new continental mark series which lincoln brought out to compete with the eldorado and uh the public just ended up absolutely loving it oh boy so there it is now this car is this is i'm not going to get into it because i've done all this recently but this is convoluted in 56 and 57 there was a lincoln mark ii uh that that was supposed to be the successor to the original lincoln continental which came out when
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edsel ford wanted one to roam around florida and sleep with his mistresses in and the mark ii was a very expensive overbuilt car that was not a commercial success at all just didn't work for them but it was a fancy car if you remember at the same time a little bit earlier there was an eldorado that was also very fancy expensive an amazing car for cadimac but it was not a commercial access a success sorry and then in 67 cadamac despite the aldo's original
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problems names in other car the aldo uh the person luxury coupe which one could argue was you know beginning to be the originator of it and they had no shame in rejuvenating that name and using it and then when they were considering the name for this car dave ash the head of the strawberry design studio thought he uh he loved the name merlin because he combined lincoln and mercury obviously not too bad and you know was of course a wizard and you know the king arthur times and uh
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also was the name of rolls royce engines that everybody knew from world war ii that were bad ass like look at the cats going ape ship yeah they're screwing with each other and now they're going to come over and tag-team me but anyway the merlin engines um were a big deal and everyone remembered them so i have to admit i think that's a pretty cool name but because gm went with the aldorado and iacocca wanted to go head to head with them he thought screw it we already
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competed once with the mark mark ii let's bring out the mark iii and compete with cadillac that way and they did and this car was born as the continental mark iii and even the original positioning envisioned it as being you know a higher end uh version of the thunderbird but not the top of the line it then became the top of the ford motor company lineup the you know the most expensive lincoln the flagship of ford motor company and uh that uh was a very big deal uh
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well here's where iacocca's brilliance came in but it also screwed everything up too but uh i okay you've got this four-door thunderbird and coupe thunderbird which are very expensive very nice cars uh but they're not profitable so he thought okay we're going to use all that development money and put all of this they built this mark iii on top of the four-door thunderbird frame which cut down costs considerably it made it much much cheaper to come up with this car and because a lot of
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existing parts were used even to the you know structural parts it was a very inexpensive car for ford to come up with and produce unfortunately while it was a screaming success in that sense and iacocca said it was as big a success to him as the chrysler minivan or the mustang so i mean this is a big deal what it also did was and it sort of brought about the original badge engineering issue which became so convoluted and so overused that it ended up screwing all
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the car companies you know 15 years later which uh you know there it is so brilliance begets uh mediocrity at some point so this car eventually led to the cimarron and cavalier debacle debical i like that my english teaching nun would love that word debacle it's all where you put the uh there is a quick aside i don't know why i thought of this but i did i lived in dublin for a little while and a friend of mine sean nice guy worked at the embassy and one of his
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famous stories that i still remember to this day was how they would catch people who claimed to be american but weren't you know people might go to the u.s embassy say they were mugged they had no papers and uh could we get back to america and they had to test to see that these people were who they were of course back then even the 80s 90s there the tests weren't as you know there wasn't as much stuff so they had to test them and one of the way they put them in a room and they interrogated them and one of the things that they had to do was insert the word and forgive me
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for this it's lewd but it is what it is they had to insert the word [ __ ] into the state so apparently only an american can do this you have to take the word for instance tennessee and put the word [ __ ] in it and any american's gonna go yeah okay uh ten a [ __ ] c okay now you'd do the same with uh um oklahoma and oh okay oka [ __ ] homa uh you know it seems second nature to us but apparently if you're you know a spy who's learned to speak good english and you could almost pass
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for an american that is the one thing you can't do uh is put the word [ __ ] into a state so i guess they would be there like saying say oka whole [ __ ] em up or you know they wouldn't quite get it right and that's when they knew they were al qaeda and they'd you know fly him off to gitmo or wherever they put him at that time so anyway there's a stupid one of a side um so merlin was going to be the name it became the mark 5. it instantly sold well iacocca claims that it outsold the eldorado in the first year
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which had been the long-term goal but that wasn't really true if you remember iacocca loved these mid-year releases you know the 64 and a half mustang because he thought it gave the cars a chance to get out in the market without any other news going on and he did the same thing with this mark so it sold 7 000 copies which were called 69 models but they sold in early 68 and in fact this is a very early 68 model it was made in july of uh 1968. um
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and they made 7 000 of them and then in the next year and 69 proper there were about 23 000. uh if you add those two numbers together yes that does you know beat the aldorado's 69 cell figures of 28 000 or something but yeah it's not really fair typical iacocca crap um it did a few things it debuted the 460 engine part of the uh the 385 series ford big blocks or they're known as the lima engines because they're made in lima ohio
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uh it was the biggest cubic inch variety that had been made and even though it was just fresh and new at this point it was also the last of the pre-emission uh ford big blocks that put out one like 365 horse 500 pound-feet of torque 69 was a fantastic year because it was just before all of the emission stuff and bumper stuff and safety stuff came in and made enough to be at the peak of the horsepower war so this thing has quite a motivated engine underneath it
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unfortunately it also weighs 4 900 pounds that engine's working hard for a living and also 150 pounds of sound deadening materials in it uh which uh you know go ah this thing's heavy so uh it really needed that engine i mean if this car had continued in its form uh through 79 it wouldn't have been able to get out of its own way with one of those anemic uh malaysia big blocks that they were putting and stuff at the time i had a top speed of about 125 and uh
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anyway was you know it was a pretty good powerful quick car at the time uh i told you i'm gonna pause it for a minute my hand is going to sleep holding this stupid camera we'll pick it up in a second all right well i've moved the car forward not just to avoid the sun but hopefully avoid the sprinklers as well the sun is already putting leaf shadows on the side of the thing man what the hell i need to get here earlier uh but look at the hidden headlights on this thing again one of the ways it was distinguished from the thunderbird at the time these uh
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body colored headlight covers uh six feet of hood you know five more feet a door and then god knows another six feet or so of quarter panel uh this was a big big car it was also a hard top coupe you can see i've got all the windows down so you know there's no window at all from front to rear that was done away with for safety standards in the early 70s for the most part if you remember we just did that grand prix which had the common aid
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uh top and that was in part to act upon role over standards that the government required but uh back then back now 69 this was a hard top convertible sort of thing that's what they called him don't don't take me out for that but it was nice to get rid of all the side window and let a lot of air inside anyway let's start and set the trunk i believe this has a trunk release these cars were pretty well equipped at the time again the average car was 3 200. this car started at like 6 500
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so double the cost of an average car and then when you started getting into options and equipment it would get much much higher up into yeah almost the ten thousand dollar range so that was at the price of two pretty well loaded mercury cougars so this thing was not cheap okay you've got an enormous trunk absolutely lovely i think we have the original spare this car is 13 000 miles by the way 13 000 i don't know if this is the original or not it would have to be a bias ply
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uh these mark threes it was the first car that the radial tire came out on but not until the 1970 model year anyway sorry all my craps in here got two bags today but you've got a very nicely finished trunk you know no uh exposed rockers or uh otherwise all that uh you know it's incredible condition for what's now got 50 years old uh underneath the jack stowage you've got the jack which is what you'd expect to see there and everything lovely in the rather
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large trunk so uh awfully nice stuff yeah i'll tell you another departure uh the prior continentals you know that four-door continental convertible and uh the uh sedan you know the one kennedy was shot in god rest him uh that was it considered to be more conservative than cadillac's rather gaudy options at the time and it worked for cadamac and did not work for lincoln and that was one of the things that iacocca wanted to address and that's why he made this car a little
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bit ostentatious all of a sudden you know common guys like me and you and and uncommon guys like me and you you know what i mean look blue collar guys lusted for the mark series they lusted for it they did not must for the uh four-door continental at all uh not the same way they did for the catamac stuff and this car changed that and that's part of why it was a huge sales success and because it was cheap to develop because it was built on the thunderbird platform
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it was a huge moneymaker for lincoln it turned the whole division around they had been losing money on every luxury car they made all of a sudden they're making two grand per copy on this thing and uh selling a bunch of them and very quickly it made you know like almost a quarter of a billion dollars for them recouped all their development fees almost instantly and just absolutely turn the company around and i guess that's why iacocca is considered to be such a such a successful ceo but
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anyway let's have a look under the hood but again all that stuff came back to haunt these flies [ __ ] hate flies summer so it means they're coming uh but anyway all that which oh god this is so hard one-handed ah there we go which was great at this time and it worked well at this time that went on to screwing everybody over later on uh you know the way that the cadimax were aspirational and all of a sudden they became semi-affordable so that
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not only was the rich guy driving them but the you know the guy at the golf course who put the bags in the cart of the rich guy might have a sedan or couped a bill that screwed over uh cadamac eventually and sent their buyers over to mercedes and other more exclusive makes so um yeah you know they got to enjoy everything for a few years but it came back to haunt them anyway there it is uh this lima 460 4v actually stands for four venturi not four valve and what that means is that it has this
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big giant carburetor four bearing under there which you know almost single-handedly could have started the gas crunch uh this thing chews a lot of fuel and uh if you're worried about fuel economy this may not be the car for you uh that's made into what their c-sec c3 automatic i always forget it the uh big automatic uh this was a big engine for not sorry that's a double entendre this was a big motor for uh ford because uh they used it all the way through 98
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you know obviously they had stopped used it in cars at some point but it was powering big trucks that my i have this old shitbox motorhome that i bought to stay in at sebring it's an 89 model i'd be too ashamed to show a picture of it but it has a 460 ford in it and it was only replaced in 1998 by that triton v10 and then all of the trucks that weren't diesel went to that so they got a lot of miles out of this motor no pun intended it went on for a very very long time
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and is considered to be one of the most stable and reliable big blocks ever made so not a bad thing it was also the architecture for the famous you know 428's 429s the prior gen t bird had a 429 in it and then of course it became the 460 as the cubic inch thing became a big deal but anyway all original under the hood of this thing never been restored this is just the way it is this is a 12 000 mile car uh you see this very cool plaque on here that gives you the
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engine and other little indicators and you know still has stickers where they're supposed to be and ac still works and no restoration at all just as it came from ford and nice to see so very cool under that long big giant hood these wipers the next year uh went uh hidden they got underneath the cowling this year they're exposed this car is finished in light green that's the color you think they could have come up with something a little bit more lovely let me run the headlights you can see
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that you can just pull those on here there's a little switch right here i think we'll get they don't quite work at the same time i think we got a little bit of a vacuum issue but there they go they come up and uh that was a distinguishing feature for this mark series uh and of course the high beams beneath them you could also get auto dimmers uh which frankly i'm glad this one doesn't have uh because it ends up having this big freakish looking thing right here uh that detects oncoming cars and
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while it looked cool in space age in the 60s when it was the jetsons uh now it just looks a bit weird and silly so i think it's better that it has um uh does not have that option uh it has a darker green contrasting vinyl top again all original lovely bits of chrome and brightwork and the mirrors and the lincoln emblem this vent in the back was for flow through ventilation they called it so air would come in from the front and under the dash and in the windows flow out this rear vent here on the
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package shelf and then flow through a tube and cars you know whatever a docked and come out there so they called that flowing uh ventilation i love the turbine look wheel covers uh they were pretty fancy stuff again to make the mark uh three look more spectacular and of course the continental script is just it's beautiful to look at let's have a look inside all right you're canadians they are going to be chipper as hell back here
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uh no issues it's it seats three but to look at it you'd think you could really seat four i mean this thing was a few inches shorter than a 70s suburban but it was two inches wider i mean this is a big car in early models you can see that script up there uh in the center uh that went away but uh in these uh this was right on the cusp actually because it was supposed to have gone away in july and uh this car was built and what well it's it's maybe not but it was slated to be built the 6th of july but it still
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got that script and still got some of the stuff the early connie's had you see the switches back there for the light and the windows you've got ashtrays because everybody's smoked you've got all that lovely diamond pleated leather including on the back of the seats and you can just see this was a very luxurious place to be lovely stuff here's the build sticker i'm talking about i don't know if that camera is going to pick up the numbers and stuff but if you pause it you'd be able to see some of it but
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oh my god all right there's the color uh which is h that's might green and then where do we have ode six g somewhere yeah right here for the date and g is july so what it means is um this car was supposed to be produced on the 06 of july that was the schedule it might have been earlier it might have been later depending on how things were going uh the seat switches excuse me i have to start a bit of an inconvenient place down there uh when the door is closed it's hard to
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reach them and ford quickly remedied that by putting seat switches up on the armrest very shortly thereafter more of that diamond tuck stuff on the door panels very nice treatment lovely big chrome switches nice stainless and chrome trim the black contrasting carpet you could just tell this was a very special car at the time and very very well made also the wood steering wheel is lovely one of the shames was they went away from this big
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horn ring and that terrific freight train horn uh that became a pressure pad thing later on and they did away with the ring so uh that's one reason i'm glad this car is early i do like that big horn ring seat all right and here we have five individual gauge pods facing you uh very very fancy stuff at the time uh this was uh only fake wood then there were two different kinds you could get and that went on to become real wood later so uh in this early car it's still
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uh just the fake wood i like the real wood but i imagine it uh doesn't last as long as the fake stuff they also went from having white uh gauge needles to red ones later and they went from having this sort of standard clock which not working at the moment to a cartier clock with roman numerals so uh this one again another way you can tell it's an earlier model uh but over here you've got your oil pressure uh you got your fuel of which you're gonna need a fair amount uh i like this you're a 120 mile
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an hour speedometer uh with red lining from 70 onwards you know you're breaking the law and there you see just 13 000 miles on the clock and yeah i know it's look and if this thing had 113 you'd be able to tell believe me uh it's a uh 13th it was a bit of a barn find this car uh sat for many many many many years in a garage covered with uh very good storage and then the prior owner found it uh it was never it was never lost but he you know he took it he uncovered it it was
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beautifully preserved but uh he had to go through and clean up the fuel system the brakes and uh you know everything else together running good so and they're the sprinklers wonderful and they're probably gonna hit us let's see how close they get to us peter better have them set up right i swear to god if they hit me i'm gonna be infuriated anyway um so there it is just 13 000 miles on this unrestored car which is just amazing i love the chrome gear shift lever uh there's your again your speedometer your
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clock you've got your directional indicators here your high beam indicator here you can't really see it that well but there's a brake warning here uh i presume that's dead and charge on the volt meter and your engine temp nice stuff uh this is interesting because what a weird place for a vent control but on the top and the rearward spinner is where you can close and open uh that rear vent that flow through ventilation and then the front is your wiper control
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uh right there i do like the continental script i make the map lights uh i've got whatever we don't have too much documentation whether we got us back at the shop but does have a trunk release button and you just feel the quality in that this is really before all that gm mma stuff and ford malay stuff this car was really well built uh you're not gonna see the dashboards peeling up and other crappy [ __ ] that happens that cosmetically to cars that were built later on in the 70s if they're not meticulously cared for
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i love the wide rear view mirror i think it's beautiful it says night and day of course with the little switcher there uh you've got a very nice vinyl trim that could be leather but probably vinyl sun visors expensive looking header panel uh almost looks mercedes quality to me and then this awesome row of warning lights up here for seat belts door jar head lamps and uh trunk open so that was all very cool stuff uh also like these 60s style shoulder bolts that
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just clip up to the top i think that's really cool and this being a split bench seat has dual power and very nice and easy to operate the ignition switch is down there next to the ashtray which is actually quite small and dalton who's the most giant [ __ ] i know i told him to take the ashtrays out and put him in the wash bucket and then put him back in when he's done well of course he didn't put it back in so i do love him and uh you can't see it but under the dash down here
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is more ventilation control you can pull this i'm not gonna do it anyway there it is and that also changes the air control and there's of course your climate control with air conditioning that's still working in this car and of course your prmd uh indicator which uh interestingly you know i do like that thing where it's just sort of a glassy plasticky stuff that you see through i don't know why i like it but i do and i like doing this i also like them with a lincoln emblem
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anyway in the 70s they then moved this uh ignition oh god what the hell was that sound they moved this ignition tumbler from down here up onto the column uh because that's what the federal government said they had to do and it's the sound of that big block coming to life and uh running very very smoothly what a nice engine in this car all right let's go for a spin oh and of course there's the falco am
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am radio filco was a name like bose at the time i guess now we gotta wait for peter's gate i still think this thing has a little vacuum leak somewhere uses a lot of vacuum for the headlights and other stuff and uh there's you know i get these old benzes they're all vacuum even more than this car uh but i don't i just detect them in a leak uh but i think it's uh it's certainly livable and uh from a collectible viewpoint i don't know if i'd even go through and try to find it for the moment thing runs and drives fine uh over
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assisted power steering ridiculously thin wooden steering wheel yeah i don't know i just love it let's get past this water [Music] and look at the view out of the hood of this car these giant slab fenders on the side that are raised and get this defog going that are raised inches above the hood mine i mean oh that's not yeah that really is defogging beautifully absolutely beautifully i'm sure well in a second
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uh in the rear view you can see the two lights there on the package shelf that are indicating the brake lights are working that's nice stuff and there now we're all nicely defogged let's go for a spin all right and the uh sun isn't that bad so i think we could just keep going let's say seon turn that off for the moment but look at that expansive hood uh with the hump in the middle all going towards the v six feet of it uh you just feel like you're steering a destroyer you know heading towards somewhere i
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mean it is such an incredibly cool car uh to sit in the driver's seat and operate and see this expansive put in front of you i guess because it's supposed to be some modicum of modern and sporty uh they didn't put a hood ornament at the front but i think i would have liked that i do like having these windows down and letting all the air in the ac actually works in this car so it'd be nice to do that but uh the hell with it i'm going to enjoy this hardtop coupe convertible whatever the hell they want to call it and
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have the the side windows down something that got lost to us until uh some cars rebirth that you know only recently oh god the government really screwed up well you know i guess it's better i mean obviously cars have um you know cars today have no soul but they are better cars you know and i think they [ __ ] better be they're made 50 or 60 years later but um they don't have any soul they really don't they may get better mileage you know get more horsepower out of fewer cubic inches
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uh all that stuff but they have no soul this does have standard front disc brakes here's an interesting little tidbit is you could get anti-lock brakes on this car that's not as modern as people think and mercedes didn't put it on the car first as they claimed for many years in fact the jensen interceptor which came out in uh 66 had a mechanical anti-lock braking system uh not electronic and it yeah it worked okay i guess but not great
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uh but uh engineers developed it this car for you know 130 bucks you could get a electronic anti-mac brake system very crude of course but a true abs system on the rear wheels but the holy grail was getting it to be on the front wheels which was considered much more difficult and the car that did that was the 1971 chrysler imperial there it is an american luxo tank was the first car with true electronic four-wheel abs and i'm sure
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i'll have lots of arguments in the comments about this that's that's kind of way the world sees it so i'm going with that but anyway not a lot of people opted for the uh for the uh sure track system on this car the abs system because you know they might as well have a bait track instead um but the brakes were good they're hydraulic again not in this year the first radial tires you could get the steering ridiculously over assisted the brakes are over assisted
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uh it's got a giant perimeter frame uh that just crushes bumps and you know dips and everything else in the road i mean it just rides so unbelievably smooth uh a lot smoother than that civic i promise you and it's just a lovely car to navigate down the road uh i'm not going to do it now because i'm driving but this is a tilt steering wheel which works great uh we've got 500 foot-pounds of torque so
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even with this um you know almost 5 000 pound car it's pretty easy to dissect traffic and uh it does have fairly modern tires you know when the guy brought it out of storage and uh made it into a driver after many many years of uh of being stored uh he put tires on so he can drive it and i'm thankful for that so we can take it on the interstate so just an amazing car to drive around and man does it get them out of looks and attention and it's still more or less underappreciated in the uh
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collector car market it really i should have put the windows i know this is noisy as hell i've got something rotated inside the sounds like the driver's side front uh wheel cover so i have to have a look at that uh but anyway what an amazing car to cruise around but personal luxury coupes have historically been really undervalued oh that's not me at all it's that stupid truck up there okay i thought i had something coming apart at the front end
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i'm gonna be that i gotta think bouncing oh god you know when you drive old cars you get paranoid you really really do that's why i hate these cars that shut themselves off at traffic lights for gas savings i mean not only is it ridiculously hard on every engine component on the car when you drive so many old turds in your lifetime one shuts off at a traffic light you go into a panic very very smooth power lovely to feather your way into the gas and get
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into the secondaries and man does it motivate this car because again unlike the mark fours and mark fives that came after it uh none of this is thinking about him hey 70 was the first thought of emissions when they put it in their funnel that was it this car 69 peak pre-emissions peak free safety uh pretty cool stuff in my mind even if it's not what ralph nader wanted it's what i wanted so i don't know where i was going it doesn't matter i'm going to keep the
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video a little bit shorter and end it there but this is a 69 mercury mark mercury this is a 69 lincoln mark iii uh not many of these cars were produced in total even though it was a sales success they only made about 70 000 of them so uh you know again they made 288 077 grand trees over one year uh they made 70 000 of these over three years so
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their relative scarcity should drive them up in the collector market and it has started to uh personal luxury groups of the 60s and 70s have uh really started to have upward which makes this car with 13 000 original miles in all original condition uh a pretty damn good investment in my mind there's my little sales pitch but uh you know it's a [ __ ] mode less that you go buy an old gto for and frankly it's a lot more fun to drive uh in terms of cruising your way down the boulevard at night you know and
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people really love it they give you the thumbs up they enjoy it uh you know it's a tough thing with cars i mean you put lamborghini down the road you're going to get some people liking it and other people they won't even look at you because they think you're an [ __ ] and they're you know strong chance they're correct when they see this car driving around they figure the guy in it's going to be friendly and lovely and warm and comforting just like the car so it's if you remember that honda campaign in the 60s and 70s where they were comparing themselves to harley an easy
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rider you meet the nicest people on a honda they would say and they had pictures of people fronicking with strangers on their honda motorcycles um that was true that's naked as well you're much more likely to meet a nice happy guy driving this car than you are a uh you know old savannah s454 so with the windows down it's noisy i could put them up but what the hell i'm enjoying it uh we'll have some fun hopefully tomorrow no promises i'm gonna try and uh otherwise we will see you with
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the next one but if you have an interest in this car call the guys at auto house today post uh 239 263 8500 or on the web at autohousedaypulse.com thanks for having a look and we will see you with the next [Music] one you

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