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Autotrader Find: One-owner 1996 Lincoln Mark VIII With 25,000 Miles

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author photo by Doug DeMuro April 2017

Well, folks, here it is: the single nicest Lincoln Mark VIII still remaining in existence. It's a 1996 model, and it's a complete time capsule of an automobile that I'm not entirely sure should've been time capsule-ized.

Let's start with the Mark VIII particulars. This is a 1996 version of the Mark VIII, which was sold from 1993 to 1998. In all years, the Mark VIII used the same powertrain: a 4.6-liter V8 that made 280 horsepower and 285 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 4-speed automatic. If you opted for the "sporty" LSC model, which this one is not, those numbers grew by 10 hp and 5 lb-ft.

And now, the details about this car. This Mark VIII isn't just well-preserved: It's perfectly preserved, covering just 25,000 miles since it was purchased in June 1996. More impressively, it's a one-owner car: The current owner had it in the San Francisco Bay Area for its entire, low-mileage life. And also...just look at it. It's gorgeous! If that's your thing.

I say, "if that's your thing," because these cars aren't exactly known for their excitement. Although they've developed a small cult following for being one of the last giant, rear-wheel-drive American coupes, the Mark VIII was criticized for its low-rent interior, its blob-ish styling, and its decidedly uninspiring driving experience.

Nonetheless, if you're a member of the "cult" who follows this car, this is the one to get: It's perfect, it's low mileage and it's inexplicably for sale at an Acura dealership in the San Francisco Bay Area. It's also just $7,000, which is a pretty good deal for any vehicle this crisp.

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