Arizona

19-20 January 2017

Offered from the Mohrschladt Family Collection

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Lot 170

1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V Convertible

  • Chassis no. 0Y85H408884

Sold for $66,000


315 bhp, 430 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, three-speed Twin-Range Turbo-Drive automatic transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf spring suspension, and four-wheel power-assisted hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 131 in.

  • Offered from the Mohrschladt Family Collection
  • One of 2,044 built; an exceptionally rare survivor
  • Documented history with only four owners since new
  • High-quality Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) award-winning older restoration
  • The largest post-war American convertible ever made


The all-new 1958–60 Continental was the creation of Ford stylist John Najjar, with considerable contributions from a young Larry Shinoda (later of Corvette Sting Ray fame). Designed in the mid-1950s as a response to the “bigger is better and too much is just right” school of thought, it wound up being the most deluxe automobile built by Lincoln in this era, with a 131-inch-wheelbase chassis and an overall length of 227.2 inches. In fact, the 1960 Mark V Convertible remains the largest open-top American car built after World War II.

Even when new, these exclusive automobiles were just that—exclusive. Only 2,044 Mark V convertibles were made, and when new, they represented the zenith of American motoring.

The car offered here may well be one of the best-documented and lowest-ownership examples in existence, and its odometer reading of 35,618, at the time of cataloguing, is believed to be original. It was purchased new by Arthur and Leone Levin of Oscoda, Michigan, from Evans Lincoln-Mercury of Detroit on 10 December 1959. Paperwork in the fascinating history file includes the original window sticker, build sheet, and service receipts and registrations from the Levins’ ownership, which lasted for nearly three decades. In 1988 they sold the Lincoln to Donald C. McCormick of Clarendon Hills, Illinois, a Mark V specialist who owned nearly a dozen examples of this model over the years.

Mr. McCormick subsequently sold this car to Gordon Harbuck of Fort Myers, Florida, who in the mid-1990s undertook an intensive and superb restoration, including exhaustive research into the correct finishes and authenticity of all components. While the restoration is older now, it remains well-preserved and virtually unparalleled in the quality and level of detail that went into it. For instance, original paint found inside the trunk lid was used to recreate the underbody finish, while the top was reupholstered in correct cloth from a company in suburban Boston. The car had by 1995 achieved its AACA Senior First Prize and was nominated for a National Award.

Offered today from the Mohrschladt Family Collection, its fourth owners, this is the ideal car for anyone looking to complete a “set” of Lincoln Continentals—or simply wanting to own a fine example of one of the greatest, most flamboyant American automobiles of its era.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

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Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

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Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

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With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

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Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more