The Lincoln Continental Mark VII once had a BMW turbodiesel


Even before Volkswagen’s 2015 emissions scandal quashed America’s taste for diesel-powered engines in passenger cars, automakers had a hard time selling them stateside. Small diesel engines might be super popular in Europe, but Americans are wary of them, especially after a run of woefully lackluster cars in the 1970s and ’80s amidst the oil crisis. One of the short-lived offenders was the Lincoln Continental Mark VII, which for the brief spell of 1984–85 offered a BMW-sourced 2.4-liter turbodiesel straight-six. People did not like it.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2019/01/03/lincoln-continental-mark-vii-bmw-turbodiesel


They may not have built many of these diesel Marks, but they have a very high survival rate. I’ve seen 5-10 of these listed for sale in the past couple years and most of them are in spectacular condition. In fact, when looking at 84-85 Marks it seems easier to find a diesel than a V8 and I have no idea why.