1973 Lincoln Continental Four Door (Town Car) 460 4bl from North America
The epitome of American Luxury Sedans
At 90,000 miles the hydraulics went in the car and I had no power steering or braking abilities. They were replaced for around $700.00.
This car was the American lap of big car luxury.
It rode like you were riding on air.
Leather seats were soft yet firm.
Power accessories and lighting everywhere.
Rode without squeaks or rattles until it was over 20 years old.
Doors closed as solid as a bank vault.
Engine and transmission were quiet and smooth.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th October, 2009
Like most barges from the 70's, this one sucks gas, but when it comes to old cars, getting parts is the biggest problem. Not with these 70's Lincolns; except for body sheet metal, all parts are still available and cheap at your local Autozone, NAPA, etc.
The biggest problems with the 1970s Lincolns (like the 1960s ones too) is that they ride on a unique platform. Technically, they share the same platform with the Ford LTD and Mercury Marquis, but in actuality they use a different version. Think of it like Ford's equivalent to GM's C/D body compared to their B body.
However, unlike the GM C/D body, Ford never defined this unique Lincoln platform, making obtaining some parts harder than they have to be. And many parts from the LTD and Marquis won't cross over either, as the Lincoln is put on this unknown, larger platform.
The 60's Continental's shared literally nothing with any Ford or Mercury vehicle, while the 70's one's did...
Starting in the 70's, the drive trains were all pretty much the same; the typical Ford 460 or the 400 with a C6 was used in big Fords, Mercury and Lincolns. This is one reason why I feel this decade wasn't nearly as special compared to a Cadillac, because Ford never bothered to build a special "Lincoln Only" engine like they did in the 60's. They got cheap.
Obviously the Lincolns were a lot bigger, and used unique interior components and materials that are hard to find. Lincoln just didn't build a whole lot of Continentals compared to Cadillac with their Devilles and Fleetwoods, so parts in generally are harder to come by. The Lincolns were also better built, they were quieter inside, and rode the smoothest vs the other siblings (Ford, Mercury), which is all that matters at the end of the day...