If there were ever a rare production Lincoln, this is
it. Only 117 of these exclusive models were built were
built in a two week period from February 9 to February
21, 1998 among 858 regular production cars. This model
had a special option code 54K - the "Spring Feature
Car," prepared for the 1998 Spring Selling Season. It
was done in exterior color code BH - which was a
"pull-ahead" color that would make its début on the 1999
Lincoln Continental, where it would be a Continental
"Exclusive" paint, not shared with any other 1999
Lincoln vehicle.The color was called "Medium Gold
In addition, this Spring Feature Car wore the same gold
grille badges that would show up on the Collector's
Edition very shortly. The "32 Valve In-Tech V8" rear
tail lamp nomenclature was done in gold, as was the
"LINCOLN, nameplate on the right side of the tail lamp.
This is different than the later 1998 Collector's
Edition which were all LSC models, and had gold "LSC"
lettering instead on the right side of the taillight.
Some of these cars, when equipped with the optional
chromed OctaStar wheels had special gold Lincoln Star
wheel centers, similar to that on the Collector's
Editions where it is in black plastic.
The Spring Feature Car was available with DW, ZY or ZQ
Interiors. No numerical breakdown was performed, due to
early termination of this package. Using the above
percentages as a 'guide' -- it is probable that of the
117 made, some 39 had the Midnight Black Interior(DW),
49 probably were made with the Light Prairie Tan
Interior(ZY), while 29 got the Ivory(ZQ).
Lincoln sent out a one page 8 x 11 flyer with no photo
in December of 1997 to all the Lincoln dealers. The
dealers never received a photo of it! The production run
was very short, as they had to end it to make room for
the Collector's Edition. They collected all the orders
submitted from over 1,600 Lincoln dealers, which totaled
only 117. They built them over a two week period,
(Non-sequential VIN's) - and that was it! IF a customer
wandered onto a Lincoln dealer's lot, in say April, and
saw one, and wanted to place an order, say for one with
a different colored interior, it was tough luck!! NO
retail buyer ever ordered one. Only dealers ordered
them. They were never even released, so to speak, to the
public, they just suddenly showed up at the dealer (who
happened to have order it in December of 1997).
Being a Base model only, they came with directional
wheels, but not chrome. However, OctaStars, which were
all chromed, were an option! With the OctaStars, the
center Lincoln Star was gold. Only Eight (8) were made.
It can therefore be assumed that 109 had the other
wheels. Incidentally, the 8 cars with the gold stars on
the OctaStar wheels also had a really rare package,
called Gold Ornamentation Group, code 54K. It was only
available on the Spring Feature(with code BH-Medium Gold
Metallic) When ordered in combo with the OctaStar
wheels, then the 54K was included, no charge.
The above picture is a rare publicity picture of the
model. The picture was found on the Internet in 1998,
but its original location cannot be recalled.
If you happen to own or spot one of these ultra rare
beasts, we would love to get a picture. If you do own
one of these cars, don't switch the wheels, as you will
not find a more exclusive wheels. In fact, don't change
anything, as you will not find a more unique car unless
you build it yourself.
This is the data plate on a Spring Feature Car. Note the
paint code "BH," which is only found on the SFCs. Note
also the April 1998 build date. Some Spring Feature Cars
were obviously made after February.
Spring Feature Car LSC owned by Ron Monday.
Spring Feature LSC Collector's Edition Car owned by John
Rutenberg. Lincoln never made a Collector's Edition of a
Spring Feature car, but this is what it would have
looked like. John restored this original Spring Feature
Car to new condition using some Collector's Edition
parts. Click on the image above for more pictures of
this amazing car.
A few Spring Feature Cars have turned up as LSC models,
so they were some obviously built as such. If you have
any pictures of these or other rare Mark VIII, send it
to us, so we can post it.
Information compiled by Sandy Block.