Thursday, November 20, 2008

Operation: Gingermobile - Lincoln Continental Mark V (FAIL)


So the search for the next Gingermobile is still on - even though we've currently been surviving fine with just one car.

Top of the list? A car with elegant, powerful lines like the pimpin' Lincoln I bought when I moved to America. First choice? A Lincoln Continental Mark V.

I'd actually seen a few of these on craigslist for realistic prices.

A 77-79 Mark V featured a 6.6 litre V8 and the very epitome of luxury automotive styling and comfort. Of the 5,000 Mark V's made, most were 'designer' models with touches by designers like Givenchy and Cartier.

Not bad for $1000 off the Internet... Or so I thought, until I read this:

"The Mark V was tested by Germany's car magazine "Auto, Motor und Sport" in 1977 and to this day (2005) holds the record as the least fuel efficient car ever tested by them, averaging no more than 7 mpg and giving only an (extrapolated) 3.5 mpg under full acceleration."

Even for me, 7mpg is unacceptable.

Lincoln Continental Mark V? SO CLOSE - but no cigar.

Gingermobile Verdict? FAIL

4 comments:

Coffee Bean said...

Your taste in cars is a HOOT!

Amalthea said...

I saw the Texan comment on Sasha's blog, thanks for that! I rarely comment you here, but I do read you. And think you're ridiculously adorable, and that little imp of yours? Already a heartbreaker! I'm glad I met your smexiness out here in the blogosphere. :)

Lilly said...

Awww wow! That car brings back memories, my grandfather's last car was a Continental. Man those suckers are huge. And pretty indestructable. My mom had an accident on an icy road with one, it slid off the road and down an 8 foot embankment, slamming ass-end into the frozen ground.

Once we got it out, you couldn't tell anything happened. No visible dents whatsoever.

Olds Chick said...

I will be the first to tell as the owner of a 1978 Mark V, I get about 15 mpg in the city, and better on the highway. It has enough toque at 1/8th inch throttle to go just fine. And when you punch it you arent worried about mileage. Get the car.