39: 2001 Lincoln MKIX Concept Car
4.6L DOHC V8 engine, 235 HP, four-speed automatic with overdrive, front coil springs with anti-roll bars, rear multi-link suspension with auto-leveling, four-wheel power disc brakes; wheelbase; 121.9Ē Lincoln has been the luxury division of the Ford Motor Company for over 90 years, and from the Zephyrs to the Continentals to the Mark Series, a Lincoln was always a statement vehicle. In the past few decades, the market has changed, and smaller, tighter handling luxury cars from Europe and the Orient became highly desirable, and Lincoln had to change its image to survive. This very concept car made Lincoln cool again, and launched a new era of success for the automaker. The Lincoln Mark VIII went out of production near the end of 1998, and by 2001, the new Mark IX Concept Car, shown at the New York International Auto Show, signaled a new direction and a bold new look into the future for Lincoln. It stole the show that year and garnered incredible press coverage. The vehicle is an amazing modern interpretation of the classic Lincoln luxury cars of the past. This is a rare, fully completed and functional concept car, which runs and drives but is not DOT or EPA certified. Nicely equipped under the hood, it features a DOHC V8 engine, automatic transmission, four-wheel independent coil spring suspension, and four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes. The interior is particularly beautiful with supple Dark Cherry Red and Marlboro Red leathers and accents of polished metal throughout. The front seats are cantilevered off of the center console to improve passenger foot room. The clean and simple dash design features etched glass instruments of high quality that are illuminated indirectly. The MKIX's controls are a combination of advanced digital and analog interfaces. Navigation and telematics information is displayed on a reconfigurable screen in the center console that is operated by retractable controls that sit flush when not in use. The transmission selection is by an electronic, column-mounted paddle shifter. The center and roof consoles have dimmable electro-luminescent light panels behind translucent metallic surfaces. Individual spotlights mounted in the headliner use fiber-optic technology. Outside, the face of the MKIX incorporates a subtle evolution of the signature Lincoln grille on a long, low chassis, with an overall vehicle height of just 56 inches. It has very smooth, angular lines with little distinction between the glass and steel panels. The side expanse is expertly broken up with a brushed aluminum door hinge that accents a side air exhaust from the engine compartment, and reminds many of the accents on the 1961 Continental. Consider the opportunity before you here, to purchase a piece of automotive history, a Lincoln artifact that actually runs and drives, and would complement any collection that also contains vintage Lincolns. Itís a sure draw at any event, and a true one-of-a-kind vehicle that youíll never see anyone else driving.