1996 Ford Motor Company marked the 75th anniversary of
the founding of Lincoln Motor Company. In truth, the
Lincoln Motor Company was actually founded three years
earlier in 1918 by Henry Leland, formerly of GM, who
also engineered the first Cadillac in 1902. Henry Leland
named the company after his boyhood hero, Abraham
Lincoln. Due to World War I, the first Lincoln Motor
Cars were not produced until September 1920. In 1921,
Henry Ford bought Lincoln Motor Company because he
wanted a luxury car division. A year later Henry Leland
and his son, Wilfred, were forced out of the company.
As shown in Lincolns special four page brochure, limited
edition Diamond Anniversary models were offered on each
model Lincoln available in 1996 - the Continental, the
Town Car and the Mark VIII. Each was available in either
Silver Frost Metallic or Cordovan Metallic. Silver Frost
was a standard color that was available on all Mark
VIII's form 1995 to 1998. Cordovan Metallic was only
available on the Mark VIII in 1996 on the Diamond
Anniversary Edition and in 1998 on the Collector's
Edition. Curiously Cordovan Metallic was a standard
color that was available on all Mark VIII's in 1997.
The interiors were trimmed in Light Graphite with
Cordovan stitching and piping. The leather seating was
done in two-tone Light Graphite & Cordovan. The cars has
model specific floor mats with the Diamond Anniversary
logo. The rear quarter windows were etched with the
special diamond anniversary logo. The original buyer got
a gift of Waterford Crystal diamond sculpture and a wood
display stand with a customized plaque. The cars
appeared for the Spring 1996 selling season, around May
The Diamond Anniversary Mark VIII was offered on the
base model, but may have also been available as an LSC
model. In Auto Revista, Connie Keane writes, "To
celebrate 75 years of automotive technology, Lincoln is
producing a luxurious Diamond Anniversary Edition of the
Mark VIII. The Diamond Anniversary Edition is bestowed
with the crème de la crème of standard equipment. This
special Mark VIII model includes the Ford
voice-activated cellular telephone, power moon roof,
chrome directional wheels, embroidered floor mats and
the JBL sound system. It is available in Silver Frost or
Cordovan paint with Light Graphite leather seating
My tester was equipped with the Luxury Sport Coupe (LSC)
package. The LSC is the icing on the cake for this 1996
Mark VIII. It includes a monochromatic exterior paint,
covering front and rear bumpers and body side moldings.
The LSC has a new dual exhaust system and high intensity
discharge (HID) headlamps." The cars may or may not have
carried an individual serial number like the Collector's
Editions of 1998. Production numbers were probably low,
though we have not been able get documentation on how
many were produced. Based on the frequency of sightings
of these cars, fewer than 500 Diamond Anniversary Mark
VIII's were produced.
Detail of etched rear quarter window
1996 Diamond Anniversary Mark VIII in Cordovan Metallic.
Wheels on car are aftermarket.
Above two pictures courtesy of Diamond Anniversary owner
Above two pictures show the Light Graphite / Cordovan
interior unique to the Diamond Anniversary edition.
1996 Diamond Aniversary edition in optional Silver
Frost. The chrome Directional wheels are stock for an
The previous pictures are courtesy of Glen Yadon.
This is a picture of the Waterford crystal that was
given to the original buyers of the Diamond Anniversary
Picture is courtesy of Joel Walker.
If anyone has any more information or photos on this
rare model, contact the webmasters.
Information compiled by Sandy Block and Alexander Sosiak.