Another day, another Mark. This is likely the 6th or 7th Mark related post I’ve done here at RG, and definitely the 2nd Mark V post this year; the earlier was an impressive triple turquoise ’79, with the optional turbine alloys. In fact, I spotted this one soon after the first V was published, but held back awhile.
The Mark V ran from 1977 to 1979. Unlike the T-Bird, which was newly downsized on the Gran Torino/Elite midsize chassis, the V was essentially a rebodied Mark IV with more razor-edged lines and a somewhat reduced curb weight. It was primarily styled by Don DeLaRossa.
But it was still large and in charge with its hidden headlamps, Parthenon grille, opera windows and doors seemingly longer than a contemporary Chevette.
And no one was going to mistake it for a 450SE or XJ6, because back then the nationality of cars was baked in at the factory, not encased in a thin crust of vaguely Euro-esque trappings like today.
This one’s for sale in Canton, Ohio, for eight grand. The color is Deep Red, with matching interior and top. Seller claims she has 84,000 miles.
Unfortunately, being a ’79, it has the 400 V8; the 460, despite sucking even more gas, at least provided decent oomph. Not so much the 400.
But I’d rather just waft along the boulevard anyway, on my way to Front Street Brewery for dinner, or to my favorite local alcohol purveyor, or to the driving range. When cruising lazily along on a nice day, the V shines.
Is it ponderous? Is it giant? Will it suck gas? Yes, yes and yes. But it also will turn heads, ride super smooth, and be super comfortable and quiet. If you like that sort of thing, seek the seller out.
Anyway, here’s the link, if you have the need for some red velour, V8, gas-guzzling luxury in your life.