(from Lincoln Press
Release) Lincoln and the Orange County Choppers (OCC) team
unveiled a unique Mark LT Chopper today at the 2005 North American
International Auto Show. The build of the one-of-a-kind chopper
inspired by Lincoln's all-new luxury pickup truck will be featured
on upcoming episodes of Discovery Channel's hit series "American
Lincoln had the bike created to show customers what the Mark LT
might look like on two wheels and to highlight the key luxury
features of the truck. The OCC team handcrafted the chopper in their
shop in Montgomery, New York over a three-week period in December
"Excitement had been building at Lincoln from day one just thinking
about what OCC would design," said John Fitzpatrick, General
Marketing Manager, Lincoln Mercury. "I was amazed to see their
interpretation of Lincoln luxury and the all-new Mark LT. The bike
really turned out great."
Mark LT Chopper
"When designing the bike
I wanted to give it a substantial stance to match the truck. So I
went with a wide tank and lowered it by inverting the front end,"
said Paul Teutul, Jr., Orange County Choppers, Inc. "I really liked
the grille and chrome accents so you can see how we carried that
theme throughout the bike. The paint color with the chrome really
worked great together."
The chopper stretches over nine feet and sits on a 21x3.5 front tire
and an 18x10.5 rear tire to give it a beefy truck-like stance.
Lincoln's trademark waterfall grille inspired the design of the gas
tank, handlebars, air cleaner housing and oil tank. The dark
toreador red metallic paint, the light parchment leather seat,
chrome accents and Lincoln badges came directly from the Mark LT.
The bike also has a set of custom chrome rims that feature a
patented "friction drive" system that tumbles three embedded Lincoln
star logos in each wheel as they turn. Raised and etched Mark LT
lettering adorn the belt drive and housing cover. The exhaust's
sweeping design ends in a custom flare that copies the seat's unique
The chopper's power comes from a 2150cc motor that produces
131-horsepower and 141 ft. lbs. of torque. The motor connects to a
6-speed manual transmission and belt drive system for a smooth and
"We were excited when we partnered with Lincoln on this project
bike," said Teutul., "We visited Ford's Dearborn design studio to
see the creative development process that went into the Mark LT. The
trip inspired me and allowed me to capture the true essence of the
truck in this bike. I can honestly say that this is probably the
classiest looking bike we've built at OCC."
Discovery Channelís "American Chopper" Lincoln Bike episodes will
take viewers behind the scenes of the design, development and build
of the Mark LT chopper. Viewers will watch the creative genius of
the OCC team in action as they worked to get the chopper ready for
its international debut.
Paul Teutul, Jr., a.k.a. Junior or Paulie, lead the creative
development for the bike. With sheet metal in his blood from the age
of 12, he spent his summers at his fatherís steel business learning
all the skills of fabrication that he would later use building
motorcycles. In 1999, Paul Sr. recognized his sonís design and
fabrication talent, and with his blessing, Junior left the rail shop
to help establish Orange County Choppers as a business.
That year, the father-and-son team debuted their bikes at Daytona
Biketoberfest with overwhelming support from bike lovers, and they
never looked back. With Paul Jr.as the chief designer and
fabricator, and Paul Sr. lending his considerable business talents
OCC has been unstoppable. The hit show "America Chopper" allows
viewers to see this real-life dynamic duo in action on the Discovery
Mark LT Ė Taking Luxury To A Whole New Place
The Lincoln Mark LT is a
key part of Lincolnís plan to broaden the showroom and build
momentum and growth. On sale in early 2005, the new Mark LT is one
of five new Lincolns that will be introduced over four years.
The Lincoln Mark LT is designed for customers who want equal amounts
of luxury and capability. It has indisputable truck credentials with
outstanding payload and towing capacity and adds an additional level
of style and sophistication beyond high-end pickup trucks on the
road today. The Mark LT offers four full doors, front captainís
chairs and a full rear seat, all providing ample comfort for five
Mark LT's exterior features a theme of chrome accents, asserting the
vehicleís status and enhancing its appearance. Its dominant
signature waterfall grille, wide taillamps and thick-spoked wheels
give it an unmistakable family resemblance to todayís Lincoln
line-up. The Lincoln Mark LT uses contemporary finishes and warm
colors that result in an environment that is both inviting and
stimulating. The Mark LT delivers, with a standard 5.4-liter,
3-valve Tritonô V-8 engine that produces 300 horsepower at 5,000 rpm
and 365 foot-pounds of torque at 3,750 rpm.
"Being a designer, I understand the commitment and passion that is
needed to take an idea and transform it into a reality," said
Patrick Schiavone, design director, Ford North America Truck and
Mark LT chief designer. "I am a fan of, Paul Teutul, Jr. and"
American Chopper" the OCC team. I can appreciate the attention to
detail they put in every aspect of the Mark LT bike."