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Mecum Madness: 1983 Lincoln Quicksilver concept set to cross the block

Jeff Glucker January 15, 2014 Cars You Should Know, For Sale 29 Comments


It’s that time of year again. I find myself booking a flight, figuring out my hotel situation, and perusing a long list of cars… because I’m off to the Mecum auction in Kissimmee, Florida. I attend with my car-buying friend, and our goal is to find gems at the right price – just like most folks who attend the auction. I prefer Mecum to the other auctions because it feels like a blue-collar crowd that’s worked hard and can finally afford those toys they’ve always wanted.

While going through the list of cars set to cross the block, I stumbled across this excellent gem built by Lincoln. It’s the 1983 Lincoln Quicksilver concept and it’s what Robocop would drive if he married a Robowife and had Robokids. The original Robocop, of course, not the rebooted version that’s about to hit movie theaters.

Hop past the jump for some specs and another picture or two.

 1983 lincoln quicksilver rear

Designed in Italy by Ghia, this concept was created in 1983 for the Geneva Motor Show. This is a fully functional concept vehicle with power coming courtesy of a Ford 2.8-liter V6 engine, which is paired with a five-speed manual gearbox. That setup is mounted ahead of the rear wheels and pairs perfectly with the Quicksilver’s low .30 coefficient of drag. That figure is the same as a Koenigsegg CCX and less than a Lexus LFA.

1983 lincoln quicksilver interior

Look at the interior and tell me you didn’t just fall in love. You didn’t? You lie!

Pre-auction estimates peg the Quicksilver as selling for between $60,000 and $75,000. I’ll be on stage when it crosses the block… so I can caress its concept skin and smell it’s lovely interior.

What? Why are you looking at me like it?

[Source: Mecum]

  • humblejanitor

    Whoa! I like it!

  • Very cool! I knew of the Ford Ghia Quicksilver but never knew it wore Lincoln badges. Every day's a school day.

    I love this place.

  • The Prius Town Car.

  • I love it.

  • I'd daily it. I would so daily it.

    • For about a week. Then something would break and it would sit forever under movers' blankets in your garage.

  • skitter

    Why was this not produced alongside the malaise-hangovers of the 1980s Lincoln lineup?

    • Vairship

      It would have given their customers a heart attack.

  • Scandinavian Flick ★

    Just looking at the pics, I would have lost a lot of money betting on its country of origin.

    Front end looks like a Ferrari, the rear looks like a Corrado, the whole thing put together looks Citroen-esque.

  • dukeisduke

    "Kids, put on your seat belts. You have 20 seconds to comply."

  • mkep819

    Marriage of 1991 Ford Probe & Citroen CX

  • dukeisduke

    And yes, I once spent a whole evening in downtown Dallas, watching a scene from the original RoboCop being filmed, outside the old Dallas Police headquarters.

  • Sjalabais

    It is beautiful. But what does one do with such a concept? Will purists stone you everytime you drive to a gathering yourself?

    Do I see it right – is the ignition key on the left hand side of the steering wheel?

  • Manic_King

    Door handles seem strange, placed very low and are these designed for 2 fingers? And yes, ignition is left from steering wheel like Porsches and Ladas (and old Fiats?) have.

  • ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

    gated shifter … lincoln

    where what AAA pencil net weight plum log capacitor

  • stigshift

    I think it resembles an aardvark.

  • smokyburnout

    I was looking to see if I could find a better picture of that logo in the quarter windows and, uh, it looks like it those sale estimates could be way off, or someone's about to make a huge profit http://www.auctionsamerica.com/events/feature-lot

    • Maybe they worked out those pesky title issues so it isn't just sold on a 'Bill of Sell'? That would be worth an extra couple of thousand on the price, no?

  • Rover1

    I am still waiting for this oft forecast future and cars like this. Instead we get BMW X6s.
    My CX looks about as close as I'll get to my ideal future car.

  • Slow_Joe_Crow

    My first thought was that they copied a Citroen CX, which probably says more about how futuristic Citroen was as its peak, and less about Ghia and Lincoln.

  • vroomsocko

    "I'd buy that for a dollar!"

  • topdeadcentre

    Maaaaan… back in the early 80's I was in high school, generally happy times and show vehicles like this promised that the CAR OF THE FUTURE was just around the corner. My plans were to go to college, get a good job, and own a CAR OF THE FUTURE!!!!!11!!

  • Jay_Ramey

    Saw this car at Greenwich Concours in 2005, it was there alongside the Audi Aztec concept from the late 90s, wearing the plate QKSLVR.