The Lincoln Mark VIII made some waves when it debuted in 1993. Its rounded body is very different from the Fox-body-based Mark VII that came before it. The angled center stack gives the driver a cockpit-like feel behind the wheel, and under the hood is a new Ford 4.6-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 that makes 280 horsepower. It was also rather expensive, and by the end of 1998, sales of the Mark VIII had plummeted.
Now, you can taste the latest evolution of the Lincoln sports coupe as it was 24 years ago. We found this Craigslist post for the 1998 Mark VIII LSC Collector’s Edition with a claim of 898 miles displayed on the digital odometer. It’s listed as having the “lowest mileage ever” for the Mark VIII and is backed up by photos showing that figure. We also got a photo showing the Collector’s Edition badge, identifying it as number 424. According to Markviii.orgThe 1,386 were all built so it was indeed a rare machine.
The exterior is covered in White Pearlescent Tri-coat Metallic with a Prairie Tan leather interior. The Collector’s Edition models also receive wood trim inside, including shifters for the four-speed automatic transmission. In LSC trim, the 4.6-liter V8 produces 290 hp for 1998, and like all Mark VIII, power goes to the rear wheels.
This car is listed for sale in California, comes from a private collection. It’s also listed as one of 32 made to Californian emission specs, and being the last year’s Mark VIII, it sports the facelifted exterior that debuted in 1997. And there’s no easy way to tell – the asking price is $105,000.
The listing does say serious offers will be considered, and we know there’s still a loyal following for the Mark VIII. Whether anyone is loyal enough to pay the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing money remains to be seen, but this car does look like a proper late 1990s time capsule. It was also the end of a long era for Lincoln, closing the brand’s luxury two-door coupe book. If it’s a bit much for your budget, Kelley Blue Book pegs the signature low-mile Mark VIII LSC is around $5,000. This car, however, is clear no typical.