The Stretch Concepts
These are the first clay models to be derived from the 'Pure Sculpture' look of the newer designs. Stretch I was designer Kyu Kim's ideal representation of the new Mark. It is a huge departure from the Lincoln designs of the time. It featured almost no chrome, the scupltured sides, headlights and taillights that ran the full width of the car, and large amounts of glass with small A,B, and C pillars.
The Stretch II concept illustrates the effect that management has on the design process. Concerned that the Stretch I concept was just too radical for the Lincoln Marque, Several design cues were changed, such as adding more chrome to the car, and changing front and rear end treatments. The end result is a model that represents about 70 percent of the finished production car. Stretch II is shown here with designer Kyu Kim.