The world's only Lincoln Mark X put up for auction (22 photos)

Category: Retro cars, PEGI 0+
12 February 2024

At the 2004 Detroit Auto Show, the Lincoln division highlighted the conceptual roadster Mark X, the ideological heir to the luxury license plate brands dating back to the second half of the 1950s.

The design team led by Marek Reichman (who, by the way, shaped the modern image of Rolls-Royce and Aston Martin) acted practically: technically, the Lincoln Mark X was a decorated production Ford Thunderbird of those years. The concept inherited from the donor mechanical components and a rear-wheel drive chassis, including a 3.9-liter V8 engine producing 280 hp. With. and a torque of 387 Nm, paired with a 5-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.

The chrome trim on the sides of the body with smooth surfaces and the fine-mesh grille of the radiator fascia referred to the styling of the Vietnam War-era Lincoln lineup, while the intricate front optics were reminiscent of the two-tier headlights of the Aviator SUV prototype, which later went into production as the Lincoln MKX.

A notable feature of the Mark X was the roof, made of metal with a transparent top, that automatically retracted into the trunk in 30 seconds. New for the brand were LED taillights and retractable door handles, 19-inch alloy wheels shod with Michelin tires measuring P245/40 R19 at the front and P275/35 R19 at the rear.

Upholstered in light Lime Sorbet leather with polished aluminum accents, the interior was an eclectic mix of modern and retro: old-fashioned squared instrument dials juxtaposed with a 7-inch LCD multimedia screen, the functionality of which remains in question.

The biography of the Lincoln Mark X, made in a single copy and not serially developed (the last of all “marks”, by the way), cannot be called particularly rich, except that in the process of changing owners its price gradually increased, increasing from 101,750 to 129,250 dollars . How much the unique roadster will be given at the Mecum auction will become clear at the March auction. You won’t be able to travel far by car, since it doesn’t have access to public roads.

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