• Aug 2, 2009
The Lincoln Mark LT never really worked out according to plan. The thinking was that trucks and SUVs were so hot, all you had to do was rebadge 'em and then roll around in all the easy money. And while that worked wonders for Cadillac via the Las Vegas-a-riffic Escalade EXT, Lincolns with beds just never got any play. In fairness to the LT, the stage for failure was set by the Blackwood, a truck only intended to appeal to polo players (the bed was carpeted). The LT, on the other hand, was essentially a fully-dressed F-150 with Lincoln badges. Lincoln Mark LT production stopped in late 2008 and no one cared. Except, apparently, Mexicans.

Despite all that, last March brought us some spy shots of a 2011 Lincoln Mark LT running around the Detroit metro area. Huh? Well here's the thing: These trucks are headed down south -- way down south. Turns out that the Lincoln brand still has a certain cachet in Mexico, and our neighbors to the south see no problem in shelling out a little extra for the honor of the badge. Don't laugh, there are plenty Americans who routinely shell out around $50,000 for the same truck with a Ford badge (the Lincoln Mark LT is essentially the Ford F-150 Platinum).

Anyhow, here's a pre-production 2011 Lincoln Mark LT running wild somewhere in Mexico. We thought maybe we'd be able to tell from the license plate, but that's definitely a 2002-2007 Distrito Federal plate. Frankly, this truck could be anywhere. But seeing as how most of us don't know our Aguascalientes from our Hidalgo, what's it matter where? The larger point is that in a few years time if someone asks you to bring them the head of Alfredo Garcia Jr. and you want to do so in high style, has Lincoln got the lux-truck for you.

[Source: Auto Cosmos]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      fugly
      • 5 Years Ago
      "...the Blackwood, a truck only intended to appeal to polo players (the bed was carpeted)." Carpeted bed appeal to something else in my mind.


      anyway... Never seen on of those around here, but I think it´s just because of the price. In some way, luxury trucks and SUVs appeal to latin americans because they can live with the potholes ( or craters) in the streets, are easier to put some bulletproof armor and run on diesel (at least here in Brazil diesel is a lot cheaper than gas). If I wanted some american luxury I´d rather have a Cad CTS (V or not). But who am I kiddin.. I´d be more than happy with a simple Ford Fusion.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I actually saw a Blackwood (Peckerwood?) yesterday. And now the Lincoln waterfall grille on the LT has finally been transformed into its vulgar, ungainly worst iteration. No shame.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Blackwood came with a bed cover that only flipped up but could not be removed (well, not easily). Also, it was only available with 2WD.

        Now, 4WD and towing don't usually go together, because you rarely tow off-road. But one exception to this is people who pull horse carriers, they at times want to drive into the field with the trailer. Also, multi-horse carriers are often use fifth wheel hitches due to high tongue weights and the Blackwood couldn't mount one (since the bed was covered). Finally, the dutch doors on the back of the Blackwood made it near impossible to get into the bed if there was a trailer attached. All these things meant the same horse owners (small as that crowd might be) who bought the Escalade EXT had no use for the Blackwood.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you install SYNC inside, then this truck will become an MP3 zone for you! XD
      • 5 Years Ago
      Um....just another overprice pickup.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When I was in Mexico last November, all you saw were Lincoln Mark LTs, EVERYWHERE. They buy the hell out of them down there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They absolutely LOVE the Mark LT. Lincoln is a very popular brand to own down there, especially the Mark LT.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They don't buy them down there, they steal them from up here!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who's the target demographic for this vehicle? Ford already has both the King Ranch and Platinum versions of the F150 for those who want to dump 50 large on a truck, this thing's just plain ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why the hell would you buy a luxury truck anyway?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because of the potholes. The Freeways over there (which are not free) are very good, but all the other roads are horrible, with potholes everywhere. A truck can go through a pothole with no problem, in a car, well, good luck with the suspension.


        • 5 Years Ago
        It is just like people buy luxury SUVs. Sometimes there are features exclusive, but most of the time, it is for "status."
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should just name this the Lincoln Ay Dios Mio! LOL

      How disturbingly ridiculous this is. Bankruptcy on the horizon.........
      • 5 Years Ago
      That looks about as good as Micheal Jackson's face.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That joke was about as original as anything seth macfarlane has written in the past 10 years. (I'm trying to say that your joke structure is very family guy-esque but it FAILED)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ay caramba! What an eyesore!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well it's good to see that badge snobbery still translates from english to spanish without any problem.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thats got to be the worst spanish I have ever read, would make no sense to a native speaker, pinche maricon!
      • 5 Years Ago
      when I read articles about Mexico, I cant help but notice how little the public know about it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        American ignorance is in no way limited to the rest of the world.
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