The line between posh and gaudy is sometimes very thin. Take Lincoln's Designer Series in the 1978s, which are really on the verge of proper balancing. We immerse ourselves in the green oasis of a XNUMX Lincoln Continental Mark V Hubert de Givenchy. Dressed by the renowned French fashion designer.
Text & photography: Aart van der Haagen
Call the Lincoln Continental Mark V the last of the Mohicans. Before the Ford Motor Company dieted its premium division models. It just served out the 1979s, along with the possibly even bigger rear two- and four-door sedan versions from the Continental program. Apparently that sparked some sentiments with Lincoln himself, witness the bouncer under an advertisement: 'XNUMX could possibly be the last year for a luxury car of this dimension'.
Relieved of dilemmas
Already with the previous Lincoln Continental Mark IV, Lincoln launched the Designer Series, an imaginative collection of haute couture treatments in collaboration with renowned partners who normally adorn the human body. This relieved the esteemed clientele of the dilemmas posed by the Luxury Groups, with endless possibilities in terms of interior and exterior decoration. For the Designer Series, the buyer left that choice to one of the four experts, Hubert de Givenchy, Bill Blass, Emilio Pucci or Cartier. The latter, invariably called without a first name at his own request, enjoyed a separate status as a watch designer between the three fashion kings. So there was nothing to choose except the stamp of a specific designer. To further enhance the exclusivity, Lincoln challenged his creative partners to come up with a new combination every model year.
On the basis of the foregoing, observant readers will notice that a 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V Givenchy is revealed on these pages. At the time of this writing, it is on consignment at Venema Antiques & Classic Cars in Drempt. If the immense bodywork falls mainly on its dimensions and light brown accents, the interior is downright hypnotic. The seats, the dashboard, the door panels, the bulky C-pillars, the sky, absolutely everything is green and of such an intense kind that you think you are exploring the underwater life near a tropical island.
The leather shines towards you and with its smooth structure makes no attempt to keep you in place when the driver gets the head in the head. If you play the Lincoln calmly, it turns out to be extremely comfortable. He also knows a certain modesty, even under the hood, because there is only a 6,6-liter V8 to roar. Only? Yes, instead of a 400 CID you could also opt for a 460 CID, which measures 7,5 liters. It is by no means helping and besides, you want to steal the show with such a Hubert de Givenchy, don't you? It works best slowly.
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