The Blackwood was a luxury pickup truck from Lincoln. It was only sold for one year, 2002, and is considered one of the most spectacular failures in automobile history, along the lines of the Edsel.
The Blackwood was a luxuriously-trimmed version of the Ford F-150 Crew Cab pickup truck, and was greeted with enthusiasm after its debut at the North American International Auto Show in January of 1999. Lincoln's success with the Lincoln Navigator emboldened the company to pursue the first-ever luxury pickup truck, and Cadillac was in hot pursuit with the Cadillac Escalade EXT. But when they arrived at dealerships, the Blackwood stalled while the EXT soared.
The Blackwood was only available with a black exterior and interior. The truck bed was redone as a trunk, with a power tonneau and plush carpeting. The box was manufactured from plastic composites but lined with stainless steel. The exterior of the bed featured aluminum pinstripes over artificial burled black wood. The truck was rear wheel drive only. All of these luxury features limited the practical usability of the Blackwood, and stood in stark contrast to the highly-utilitarian Cadillac. Only 3,356 Blackwoods were made in just 15 months of production, with the final models selling well below invoice. Retail price was to be $52,500.
The Blackwood was delivered late, with first sales in October 2001, due to a supply problem with the cargo box, produced by Magna Steyr. Ford reportedly froze their contracts with Magna International for part of 2001 over the issue. The Blackwood was manufactured at Kansas City Assembly in Claycomo, Missouri through December 2002.
Lincoln recreated their unique luxury pickup truck as the Mark LT in the 2006 model year, however they did not repeat many of the mistakes made with the Blackwood- particularly its lack of options and versatility.
Neiman Marcus Edition
50 special Blackwoods were built for the 2001 Neiman Marcus spring catalog. These Neiman Marcus Edition Blackwoods featured the company logo stitched into the headrests, a leather-wrapped rear-console lid with a 7 in Panasonic wide screen LCD DVD/Video-CD/CD player with wireless headphones and a cooler/warmer. This special Blackwood was priced at $58,800.
Lincoln Mark LT
The Mark LT is a luxury pickup truck from Lincoln. It first went on sale in January 2005 for the 2006 model year. The Mark LT replaced the failed 2002-only Lincoln Blackwood, Lincoln's only other pickup truck.
The Mark LT is priced at US$43,495 and the company hopes to sell 13,000 annually in the United States. This price is significantly lower than its only real competitor, the Cadillac Escalade EXT. The Mark LT has been more successful than the Blackwood in its first year of sales, with 10,274 sold in the first calendar year of sales, February 2005 through February 2006. The Mark LT is outselling the Escalade EXT by a slight margin, but the redesigned 2007 model Cadillac should outperform the Lincoln.
The Mark LT is based on the Ford F-150 pickup truck. It uses the same 5.4 L Triton V8 and has four doors. All wheel drive is optional. Though the first examples included a 4-speed automatic transmission, a 6-speed automatic was a running change in the 2006 model year.
Although most other Lincolns will adopt a three-letter name for 2007, the Navigator name (as well as the Town Car) will remain unchanged.
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