1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V Diamond Jubilee Edition (DJE), blue

1978 Lincoln Continental DJE

Technical specifications of Lincoln Continental 1978

Price: -
Condition: Used
Item location: Laurel, Maryland, United States
Make: Lincoln
Model: Continental
SubModel: Mark V
Type: Coupe
Trim: DJE
Year: 1978
Mileage: 21,550
VIN: 8Y89A858448
Color: Blue
Engine size: 460 V8
Number of cylinders: 8
Power options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Blue
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Options: Sunroof
Vehicle Title: Clear
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Car description

VIN # 8Y89A858448

460 cubic inch (7.5L) engine 210hp, 4 barrel carb, 2.5:1 axle ratio, 25 gallon fuel capacity, EPA 12/18 (using 1978 test standards)

21K miles, ORIGINAL, original paint, factory original spark plugs and brake pads, interior original, all glass original, no accidents (that I am aware of)

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Special edition to celebrate Ford’s 75th Anniversary! Most expensive American car in 1978!!! Most DJEs had an MSRP of ~$21-22K à~$70K in 2017 $. Only 5,159 DJEs produced: 2602 Diamond Blue, 2557 Jubilee Gold

Options included on this car: Diamond Jubilee Edition (~$8K MSRP), power sunroof (~$1200), 460-4V engine

Standard Mark V features ($12,099 base MSRP): 3-speed automatic (C6) transmission, AC with climate control, power windows, 6-way power seats (driver & passenger), 9” rear differential, 4-wheel disc brakes, Cartier clock, AM/FM stereo

DJE package: padded Landau vinyl roof w/ color-keyed moldings and coach lamps, color-keyed exterior trim (body-side moldings, vertical bars on the grille, grille badge, bumper guards and rub strips, four turbine-style cast aluminum wheels, and padded vinyl deck lid), unique “crystal” hood ornament, front bucket seats in unique Wedgewood Blue Luxury Cloth with broadlace inserts, leather covered interior trim (dashboard, padded center console and door armrests, owner’s manual, toolkit in trunk), umbrella under the center armrest, 36 oz Tiffany carpet (twice as plush as regular Mark Vs), cloth headliner, Miles to Empty digital readout, unique (plastic) wood trim (different color and grain from regular Mark Vs), beveled plastic lenses on instrument panel, beveled-glass opera windows with fake diamond and “Diamond Jubilee Edition” script, painted two-color pinstripes on sides and hood, Defroster Group (rear defroster and heated left mirror), Garage Door Opener (button on visor; relay/receiver for house not included in this sale), Headlamp Convenience Group, Interior Light Group, Interval-Select Windshield Wipers, Power Lock Convenience Group, Power Lumbar Seat, Power Vent Windows, Right-hand Remote Control Mirror, Speed Control, Tilt Steering Wheel, Appearance Protection Group, Illuminated Entry System, Rocker Panel Moldings, AM/FM Stereo with Quadrasonic 8-Track Tape, fully carpeted trunk (16 oz.), dual white-wall tires.

Car came with full-size spare (never used), dual-whitewall (included). Full-size spare with new Hankook Optimo H724 whitewall tire (never used) on correct DJE color-keyed wheel INCLUDED!

Recent work: AC system leak fixed (charged, working fine, NOT converted, still using correct R12 Freon), repainted air cleaner, refinished hood hinges and master cylinder cap, repainted X-brace below engine, transmission gasket replaced, rear axle seal replaced. AC compressor was replaced ~2006.

Known issues: Wheel arches have some surface stone chips; small paint chip (bubble) at left rear corner of sunroof; right side clear coat has some crazing (cracks in the clear coat) but not bad enough to remove the original paint. Tires: whitewalls have cosmetic cracks in the white wall, but no dry rot (car driven at highway speeds+ monthly (except when salt on the roads), wide whitewalls are not correct (car manufactured with dual-whitewall tires: only place selling them is Diamond Back Classic Radials http://www.dbtires.com/2015_catalog/2015_Catalog_Hi.pdf, $259 each, but they are not the correct Firestone tires); can’t find date code on tires – they were on the car when I purchased it in Feb 2005, lots of tread remaining. Rubber brake lines are original (not leaking, but may need replacing in the next few years). Power antenna inoperative (~$245 from Lincoln Land in FL), oil pan gasket has a small leak, wheels have no curb rash but small marks from balancing weights, passenger door power lock actuator is intermittent (may need to be replaced). Tool kit in trunk has most items, a few may be missing; I need to check (car not garaged at my residence). Faint scratch on right side form a tree branch: only in the clear coat, ~8 feet long, hardly visible, might be able to be buffed out, but I do not have an electric polisher.

History: I am the 3rd owner (last 12 years), purchased Feb 2005 with ~10K miles. 2nd owner (near Chicago) was the nephew of the original owners (farming family from Ohio), who drove it sparingly. Has never been in long-term storage; always driven on a regular basis. No accidents that I am aware of.

AACA Senior car (repeat preservation), has been shown several times at the fall Hershey meet; was most recently shown at the June 2016 national meet in Williamsport, PA (Senior 2nd Place) and Macungie “Das Awkscht Fescht” 2016. This car looks, drives and rides as it did when new.


NADA high retail value: ~$35K.

NADA average retail value: ~$22K

Hagerty classic car insurance valuation:




Without options (like 460 engine and power sunroof):

#1: $30,400

#2: $17,200

This car is not perfect, but is probably between a #1 and #2.

Fairly priced at $26K. With little work, this car can be shown at local or national car meets. Or driven and enjoyed, like a time-capsule from the 70s!

I have tried to describe the vehicle as best I can, including known issues. Car is sold with NO warranty: AS IS, where it is. Buyer is responsible for shipping or local pickup. I will consider delivering within 100 mile radius of 20724 ZIP code (Laurel, MD). Subject to prior sale, as it is being advertised in multiple places and locally; auction may be canceled by seller at any time. You may arrange a time to inspect the vehicle or have someone look at it for you. Sale will not be rescinded as a result of post-sale inspections. NO low-ball offers (waste of your time and my time). I don’t have to sell this car, but will if I can get a good price for it. I have tried in good faith to accurately represent the true condition of the car, positives and negatives. It is your responsibility to perform due diligence to inspect the car or have it evaluated by a professional or friend (at your own expense), PRIOR to placing a bid. All bids are binding on the auction winner. I will NOT disclose the reserve price to anyone while the auction is still open.

Forms of payment accepted:

Cash (in-person)

Certified or cashier’s check

Title will be signed over and you may accept possession of the car after funds have cleared my bank.

Non-refundable $1000 deposit (via PayPal) required within 3 business days of auction end.

NO personal checks! Sorry.

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