To reduce the size of my car collection, I am planning to part with at least 5 of the 21 cars that I currently own as time to maintain my collection has become limited and I need the garage space.This web page was last updated: May 23, 2003



1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV

- SOLD $3950.00-




This sleek and powerful 2-door luxury car came factory

equipped with EVERY AVAILABLE OPTION including the



I assume you are interested in knowing all the same information I sought when I bought this car.  In the pursuit of my car hobby, I have been on enough "wild goose chases" due to poor descriptions over the years to value an accurate description.  I assume you do as well, so I will be as complete and accurate as possible (no games here).


I have always searched for straight, solid, un-molested and well-preserved original cars for my collection.  In most cases, I have sought cars that came equipped from the factory with as many options as possible.  In addition to the many standard Lincoln features, the following is a list of the Mark IV Options I made when I bought this car.  This car came equipped with the following factory installed options:


·         Leather Interior

·         Cruse Control on Special 2-Spoke Rim-Blow Steering Wheel

·         Tilt Steering Wheel

·         Power Remote Rear Deck Lid Release and Electric Power Door Locks

·         AM/FM Stereo Radio (including 4 Speakers & Power Antenna)

·         Door Edge Guards

·         Front and Rear Floor Mats with Carpet Inserts

·         Protective Bodyside Molding

·         Traction-Lock Rear Axle

·         Opera Window

·         Power Sun Roof (ultra rare)

·         Electric Rear Window Defroster (including 65-Ampere Alternator)

·         Horizontal Front Bumper Guard



This car has the original black Leather Interior trim which is in excellent condition.


This car has the original 460 cubic inch 4-BBL engine, C-6 trans., and 9" rear axle - none of which appear to have ever been removed for any reason.


I bought this car over 12 years ago, with the intention of keeping it in my collection indefinably.  However, my garage is full and my time to maintain my collection limited.  I recently purchased two new $50,000+ cars and need the garage space.


With this Lincoln Mark IV priced at $3950, I feel this car is priced to perfection for a swift sale.


Below please find a copy of an email reply I sent recently regarding this car, containing further details and a link to photos of this car.


I will be happy to supply any further information or answer questions you may have.


Thank you.



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Subject:   Re: 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV – For Sale by Owner


Hello David,


Thank you for inquiring about my 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV for Sale.  


As of this date, my Lincoln is still available and your timing could not be better as I am motivated by a sudden interest to raise cash very soon.  However, my Lincoln is priced firmly below market value specifically to facilitate a quick private sale by owner and is available on the "first one with the money gets it" basis. 


Even though this car has a value of well over $5,000.00, to effect an immediate sale, I will accept $3950 in US Dollars F.O.B. Monticello, Illinois USA.


With my 1972 Lincoln being one few Mark IVs originally produced with the ultra rare factory installed sunroof option, I assume it is worth at least as much as it was in 1992, when this car was appraised it at $5,000.  Since I have owned this Lincoln Mark IV, I have seen others like it regularly change hands in the $8,000 to $12,000 price range and far more, depending on options and condition, which seems reasonable, in this day of $42,000.00 Chrysler Minivans


I feel the 1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV is one of the sleekest cars ever produced.  Big, with a long hood/short deck profile, long shear-cut deep pile carpeting (even in the trunk) and leather upholstery, the Mark IV is truly a Luxury Car in all its grandeur, utterly smooth, silent, and built with care using high-quality materials.


The design is ageless and the high-tech engineering was way ahead of its time (Sure-Track anti-lock brake system, automatic temperature/climate control, power seats, automatic seat back and parking brake release, remote deck lid opening, automatic electronic sensor windshield wipers and a long list of powered or automated features).  Many standard features on the Mark IV were not available even as options on cars like Mercedes Benz and BMW of the time, which retailed for twice as much.


About 20 years ago I had another 1972 Mark IV that I drove daily for many years and have been spoiled ever since.  I have a 1978 Mark V and the only reason I have chosen to keep it over the two I am selling is that my '78 is the Diamond Jubilee edition (an $8500 option) and has every other option available in 1978.  That car sold for over $22,000 in 1978 dollars!  I love both years and to be honest I have been trying to decide which I would keep for over 12 years now.  However, recently I bought a brand new Cadillac Eldorado Touring Coupe and a brand new C5 Corvette convertible, which forced me to make the tough decision finally due to space and time considerations.


To my knowledge, this auto has never been involved in any type of accident.  It has a solid body and chassis and is in far above average condition.  As far as I know, this car has never been wrecked and is free of dents.  This car is showing minor rust in the typical locations.  The trunk, floorboards, and frame appear solid.  This car has its original black Leather Interior trim which is in excellent condition.  This car appears to have been repainted at some point many years ago.  This car is its original color.


The Vehicle Identification Number (V.I.N.) on this car is 2Y89A841773 and the car was born in December of 1971.  This car is located at my home in Monticello Illinois, has a clear title in my name, and is personally owned free and clear.  I also did a title search in 1991 and have the complete title history back to when this car was sold new on February 2, 1972.


As with any vintage or collector car older than 10 years or so, the current physical condition is always a far more important gauge of quality and value than is the actual mileage, even though people have always prized a low mileage car and considered it of greater value.


The odometer on this 1972 Mark IV reads 30306 and while I can not document that it has not rolled over once, I feel that it is likely that the mileage reading is actual due to the fact that the door hinges are still tight, the pedals, carpet and interior show very little wear, appear to be original, and are in good condition, and the engine compartment appears to be all original. 


This car appears to have its original 460 cubic inch 4-BBL engine and C-6 automatic transmission and 9" rear axle in it and none appear to have ever been removed for any reason.


I have always searched for straight, solid, un-molested and well-preserved original cars for my collection.  Furthermore, I have always preferred to buy a car that had not been previously “restored” as I wanted to see exactly what I was getting and know that it was genuine.  In most cases, I have sought cars that came equipped from the factory with as many of the most desirable options as possible.  I bought this Lincoln Continental Mark IV, from a private owner with the intention of keeping it in my collection indefinably.  However, my time to maintain my collection has become limited and my garage is now full since I recently purchased two new cars and need the garage space.


In addition to the many standard Lincoln features like 6-way power twin comfort lounge seats (both sides), remote control mirrors, tinted glass, power windows, Cartier Chronometer electronic clock, visor vanity mirror, concealed headlamps and cornering lights, the following is a list of the Lincoln Continental Mark IV Options I made when I bought this car on January, 19, 1991;


This car also came factory equipped with the leather interior, cruse control on special 2-spoke rim-blow steering wheel, tilt steering wheel, power remote rear deck lid release and electric power door locks, am/fm stereo radio (including dual front and rear speakers & power antenna), door edge guards, front and rear floor mats, protective body-side molding, traction-lock rear axle, and opera windows (which was actually an option in 1972, even though I have yet to see a Mark IV that came without opera windows), power sunroof option, electric rear window defroster (inc. 65-ampere alternator), and Horizontal front bumper guard options.


With you being located so far away, you will most likely not be able to view my car in person; however, I trust that you have had the opportunity to view the digital photos I took of this car.  If not, to view the photos of this car, please CLICK HERE or you can go to:  The yellow Lincoln in the pictures is my 1972 Mark IV and the black Lincoln pictured was my 1973 Mark IV which I recently sold for $4950.00. 


To answer your question as to logistics, provided you arrange the transportation, I see no problem with your location as the buyer of my car.  I am willing to prepare any export documents you may need to clear your customs.  I have shipped auto parts to people in Australia, Sweden, Canada, and Germany.  In many cases, the buyer would have me “adjust” the purchase price on the export documents, to help lower his cost of any destination import tariff or taxes.


I am not an auto dealer (last time I sold any car was over 19 years ago and have regretted it ever since) and this is the first time I have ever advertised anything for sale through a classified ad over the Internet. 


Perhaps a telephone conversation would be an easier method for us to exchange information as to the exact description, condition etc.  Please be assured that you will find my information to be accurate and precise.


If you wish to telephone me at your convenience, I will be more than happy to supply any further information you desire or answer questions you may have.  Normally I can be reached 7 days/week at 217-762-4846.  Afternoons are usually best but feel free to call anytime between 9 AM and 9 PM Central time. 


Of course, you are welcome to email me at anytime.


Thank you.




Steve Shreffler


Stephen J. Shreffler


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1972 Lincoln Continental Mark IV.  This powerful luxury car came factory equipped with EVERY AVAILABLE OPTION including the ULTRA RARE FACTORY INSTALLED POWER SUNROOF.  Priced for swift private sale by owner.  For additional detailed information about this sleek 2-door hard-top including a link to my photo album of pictures of this fine automobile and the other desirable collector cars I am selling out of my private Corvette and Muscle Car collection, please visit my personal web  Thank You.
















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Low Retail Value —This vehicle would be in mechanically functional condition, needing only minor reconditioning.  The exterior paint, trim, and interior would show normal wear, needing only minor reconditioning.  May also be a deteriorated restoration or a very poor amateur restoration.  Most usable "as-is".  Note: This value does not represent a "parts car"


Average Retail Value — This vehicle would be in good condition overall.  It could be an older restoration or a well-maintained original vehicle.  Completely operable.  The exterior paint, trim, and mechanics are presentable and serviceable inside and out.  A "20-footer".


High Retail Value — This vehicle would be in excellent condition overall.  It could be a completely restored or an extremely well maintained original vehicle showing very minimal wear.  The exterior paint, trim, and mechanics are not in need of reconditioning.  The interior would be in excellent condition.  Note: This value does not represent a "100 Point" or "# 1" vehicle *.



* "100 Point" or "# 1" vehicle is not driven.  It would generally be in a museum or transported in an enclosed trailer to concourse judging and car shows.  This type of car would be stored in a climate-regulated facility.





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I can normally be reached by telephone Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM CST at 217-762-4846.



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Terms of Sale



I am a private party selling at least five of the cars out of my personal Corvette and Muscle Car collection and while I am not a car dealer, where applicable, the terms of this transaction shall be in accordance with the Sales Information and Policies of my business.  Since this is a private transaction, you will not be required to pay sales tax.


Inspection: This car is available for your inspection by appointment.  Inspection is welcomed and encouraged.  This car is located at my home in Monticello Illinois (Halfway between Champaign and Decatur Illinois, 1 hour east of Springfield Illinois and 2 hours from Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis).


Delivery: Buyer is responsible for shipping of the vehicle or is welcome to come pick the car up locally from seller. 


Payment Terms: 25% non refundable deposit due within 3 days and balance to be paid within 7 days of sale or close of auction.  The price does not include transportation but does include 5% discount for payment by cash, wire transfer, check, or money order.


Method of Payment:  Cash (U.S. Currency), bank wire transfer, electronic check, travelers' check, money order, certified or cashiers' check drawn on any bank located in the USA.  Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover credit cards.  Company & personal check drawn on any bank located in the USA accepted, but must allow extra time for clearance.  All electronic check and credit card payments handled securely online through


Buy With Confidence:  I have had same address since 1973, same bank account number and telephone number since 1977, same business location and spouse since 1979, and same eBay user name and verified I.D. since 1998.




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owners could expect fuel consumption of around 11 miles per gallon. the mark iv was a major sales success - 48,591 units were sold during the model year. the mark iv coupe had 51% higher unit sales than the '72 cadillac eldorado coupe. in fact, 1972 was the best year to date in lincoln's sales history. 94,560 lincolns were sold in 1972 - a new sal,, lincoln continental mark iv - the best luxury car of the 70s lincoln continental mark iv the lincoln continental mark iv was introduced in 1972 with the purpose to replace the mark iii, then an all time sales success for lincoln division, with an output that reached more than 20,000 units per year in its four-year lifespan and, more importantly, never trailed by more than 2,000 units a year when compared to the cadillac eldorado, then the mark’s arch-rival in the luxury car market. this was a significant achievement, because lincoln’s annual production had never come close to cadillac’s. longer, lower and wider was a formula that had traditionally worked well for luxury makes at that time, and it worked well for lincoln with the continental mark iv. sales nearly doubled over those recorded by the previous years mark iii’s, and would average 50,000 or so units anually through the final 1976 models. 75 mark iv big, with a long hood/short deck profile, deep pile carpeting, choice of thick velour or leather upholstery, the mark iv was really a luxury car in all its grandeur, utterly smooth and silent and built with care using high-quality materials. it could also be ordered (in 1976 models) with a special designer finish, such as cartier, givenchy, pucci and bill blass, a novelty for the time. 75-76 mark iv interior the mark iv bore a high-tech engineering for its time, with anti-lock brakes, power operated seats, remote decklid opening, automatic wipers (with sensors that detected the rain in the windshield and set the speed of the wipers accordingly), a glass sunroof (a.k.a. moonroof), automatically controlled air conditioning, and a long list of powered or automated features. powered by a 460 cid v8 engine, it could reach speeds in excess of 120 m.p.h., though it was not intended to be a sporty car, wallowing around turns and floating over straightline undulations. 76 mark iv no wonder the mark iv was a sales hit for it offered all that for a price tag that varied between $ 8,600 in 1972 up to $ 11,000 in the final year of 1976, considerably less than a comparably equipped european luxury car of the day (comparably so to speak, for many standard features in the mark iv were not available even as options on cars like mercedes benz and bmw of the time, which had a price tag that started at $ 13,000 and went all the way up to the twenties when ordered fully loaded). however, fuel crisis and federal regulations took their tolls heavily on the mark iv, since its very begining; designed to carry an elegant, flush fitted bumper in 1972, it was doomed to carry a pair of big, so called federal bumpers, which looked like a truck bumper was mounted onto what was once a gracefull body-moulding unit, in 1973. engine detuning regulations, gas guzzler taxes arising on the horizon, long queues at gas stations during the arab oil embargo, opec’s skyrocketing oil prices, along with an arguably philosophy of "less is more" (i think that meant less for the consumer, more $ for the manufacturer) and the overvaluation of european and japanese designs in detriment to traditional american ones, lead to tiny, stripped, underpowered and overpriced generation of cars, leaving us all, lovers of automobiles in the grand sense, orphans. 1976 was the final year for the mark iv; it was replaced by the mark v, which was essentially a mark iv stripped of many of it’s earlier standard equipments, all rated optionals by now, following the "fashionable" european wave. also, it "gained" a boxy, smaller body, and a 400 c.i.d. 177 bhp engine (instead of 460 cid, 220 bhp of the golden days) which provided no significant fuel economy over the previous version. oh, and prices, you guessed it, starting at $ 13,000 in the stripped version and going all the way up to the sky when ordering a fully equipped car, showing the way things would come to in the future. this page was done by eng. sylvio schreiner, and is not related in any way to lincoln, continental, or any other manufacturer or their suppliers/retailers, being this work designed to pay homage to the great days of the big, confortable and relatively inexpensive american automobiles, so denigrated then yet so beloved by the old time luxury car enthusiasts, as the author himself. talk to the author do not forget to see: visitors' cars page links to lincolns and other automotive sites , list of all links in lincoln continental mark iv - the best luxury car of the 70s