If you’re looking for attention, hauling capabilities, and a luxurious ride, this six-wheel Mark III Lincoln Continental pickup may be what you need. Did we mention attention? Is this freak crazy or what?
What’s A Mark III Lincoln?
So what’s up with this haulin’ hot rod Lincoln? The Mark III was Lincoln’s dip back into the personal luxury segment after starting it in 1940 with the Mark I Continental. We won’t get into the fact that there was also a Mark III Lincoln in 1958.
These were based on the platform underpinned the Thunderbird starting in 1967. Ford head Henry the Second told the head of Ford Design, “Put a Rolls Royce grille on a T-Bird and we’ll sell it as a Lincoln.” If only developing cars was that easy anymore.
Since it’s a traditional body-on-frame car whomever did this didn’t have to deal with cutting up a unibody car, which can very quickly lose integrity once you put the cutting torch to it. The real effort was in creating the extended body and adapting whatever bed they used, as it all looks fairly seamless and, well, production-like.
5,000 Pounds, 360 Horsepower
Stock these heaps were almost 5,000 lbs. With weight like that it needed some grunt, and that’s what all Mark IIIs had. A gigantic 460 ci V8 with 365 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque dragged these big boats along the highways and byways of America. If one were to consider making a truck out of a car the 460 engine would be a good start.
The ad says the LincTruck has clicked off only 43,943 miles. Whether that was as it was from the factory or as this hay hauler is unclear. But, if that’s total mileage this is a cream puff for sure. We would think that admiring this barge is preferred to having to drive it which probably accounts for the limited miles travelled.
How Does The Mark III Pickup Really Handle?
We’re sure that on the highway or traversing around a gentle curve this beast is easy to maneuver, if not a bit disconcerting with its inherent understeer, vagueness, and zero feedback, as was typical of this era American car. Maneuvering around tight turns, round-abouts, or parallel parking has got to be something you’d much rather witness from a safe distance as opposed to actually having to perform.
The only thing it needs to be your everyday go-to are tires, according to the listing. That’s the only downside we see is that with six wheels and tires you have to pony up more than your typical truck, car, or motorcycle. But if that’s the only downside this might just be the perfect car.
Alas, it is not. Gas mileage and practicality are at the low side of the scale. Combined with it being an old car there will surely be many components that have deteriorated or are on the verge of failure from having functioned for almost 50 years.
It’s For Sale
But for the asking price of $8,000 you can’t get hurt too badly in these prosperous times we are living in. That’s pretty cheap for a one-off, low-mile pickup that won’t beat you to death with its stiff suspension and knobby tires.