Although 1990s Lincoln made some highly forgettable cars, some models were rather interesting — and while most 1990s Lincoln models haven’t survived to the modern era in decent shape, this particular 1998 Mark VIII LSC is absolutely pristine.
In fact, this Mark VIII is so pristine that the first photo in its for sale listing shows this car next to a huge trophy — the "Best in Class" trophy, which was presented to this car at the Lincoln Continental Owners Club. Now it’s for sale on Autotrader, and the sale includes the trophy and a 3-ring binder detailing every pertinent detail, going back to this car’s original window sticker.
What exactly is the Mark VIII? Back in the 1990s, Ford and Mercury offered big coupes — the Thunderbird and the Cougar — and the Mark VIII was a luxury version of those cars, albeit with more expressive styling. This Mark VIII hails from the final model year, 1998, and it’s an "LSC" model, which was a more desirable trim that added 10 horsepower and 5 lb-ft of torque, bringing total output from its 4.6-liter V8 to 290 horses and 290 lb-ft.
This particular Mark VIII has traveled over 200,000 miles, but it’s in truly pristine condition, and in earning that trophy it got a total score of 98.8 out of 100 from the judges at the Continental Owners Club Eastern National Meet — a near-perfect score. The ad notes that the car was purchased new by an executive in Atlanta, Georgia and clearly kept in pristine condition — the same condition the car is in now.
If you’re interested in perhaps the finest example of a car few remember, this Mark VIII LSC might just be that — and it’s offered by a private seller in the Atlanta area for $11,900.