At six-feet, five-inches tall, Mr. Boyle is grateful that the two-spoke steering wheel on his Lincoln is equipped with a tilt function. Dual mirrors make driving on multi-lane highways less dangerous.
At the rear of each L-O-N-G door on the car is an ashtray designed for use by rear seat passengers.
On either side of the ‘Continental’ bulge on the trunk lid is a horizontal red reflector. Both front and rear bumpers are protected by a pair of bumper guards.
Mr. Boyle points out that his Mark V is a base model and not one of the even more upscale designer models. He especially likes the fact that his Lincoln is not equipped with a vinyl covering on the top and around the oval opera windows. Helping to break up some of the expansive areas of sheet metal are pseudo “shark” fins on the front fenders. Also fake are the wheel covers which simulate bonefide wire wheels.
A cream colored dual pinstripe stretches from near the parking lights in the front to near the taillights at the other end of the car.
Designers of the Mark V knew that owners of the car would not want the four unsightly headlights to be exposed so the lamps were hidden behind a pair of doors.
“It does best on the open road,” Mr. Boyle says of his road ready Lincoln, “where I can steer it with one finger.” When at the helm of his land yacht the front bumper is almost eleven feet in front of him. “It’s just something you have to be aware of,” he says.
The odometer now has recorded 101,000 miles which amounts to about 2,000 miles a year. As for the fuel economy, Mr. Boyle says, “I don’t want to know. That would kill some of the fun.”