1977 Lincoln Continental Town Car 7.5L 460ci from North America


Land Yacht Luxury


The car sat for years - when it was looked at, it only needed a new battery, fuel pump, and an oil change.

General Comments:

Recently purchased this land yacht sight unseen (other than a photo) from an auction online... for under $500! It cost me more to ship the car home!

I knew the back story on it before buying - the car was in a barn that caught fire. So the passenger side had the plastic door moldings and taillights melt. And the vinyl top on the passenger side was damaged and the opera window was cracked from the heat. Other than that and years worth of dust on the car, it is in pretty amazing condition. 29k miles, interior mint.

I just purchased all replacement trim/lights/opera window (again, those in total cost more than the car!). Could use a major exterior detail, and replacement of the passenger side vinyl. Other than that, it's amazingly clean... and very smooth and comfy.

When engine is cold, one pump of the pedal and it fires right up. When warm, just turn the key. I bought it with the idea of cleaning it up and selling it, but after a few rides in this thing, I'm thinking of keeping it. There's a great old TV commercial on YouTube of the 1977 Continental. The tagline is "I've got my standards" :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd April, 2014

24th Apr 2014, 17:17

Yes, cars like this are really something special. Thanks to everyone wanting to be politically correct and eco friendly these days, we will never see quality cars like this again, sadly probably not even something comparable. I have been watching Kojak on DVD, and it truly makes me sad how much cars have changed in the last 40 years. Back then BIG comfortable cars were the rule; there were very few econo boxes on the road. Today you are hard pressed to find anything but, unless the car is 15+ years old or a truck/SUV model.

1977 Lincoln Continental Town Coupe 460 ci from North America


Big, brash, beautiful


The car was in decent running condition when I bought it. This is what I've done so far:

New front rotors and brakes, serviced rear brakes.

New belts and hoses.

Rebuilt carburetor.

New exhaust system.

The last two items weren't strictly necessary -- done to make sure it passed the California smog check with flying colors.

I still need to replace the shocks, the air conditioner's compressor and the rear main seal, none of which my mechanic considers urgent. Also, around the time I discovered the big factory moonroof leaks, it stopped working, so I'll need to have that checked.

General Comments:

I drove the big Town Coupe from Denver to Los Angeles without a single problem. Big and comfortable, but thirsty, and it loves the open road. It gets to third gear by 30 mph or so, and tends to stay there. Since there's plenty of torque the transmission never needs to hunt for a gear; I'm a fairly aggressive driver and I've only felt it kick down a couple times.

I had to reinstall all the emissions equipment removed by the last owner because California recently changed the rules and I had to smog the 32-year-old car. It had a definite impact on the 460's performance and mileage. Kind of depressing. Went from feeling fairly quick, with good power off the line and good low-speed acceleration, to feeling more sedate. I now get around 8 or 9 miles to the gallon in town, which is also a bit worse than my mileage before the emissions equipment. On the upside, it doesn't need high-octane gas.

Handling prowess and steering feel are predictably non-existent. This is okay with me because I didn't expect anything else. The only real challenge is in parking lot situations. It has the turning radius of a bus, it's blocky, and it's nearly 20 feet long. You learn to scope out less crowded areas of the lot. This might be an issue if this were my only car, but since it's just for fun, it's not a problem. If I need to go to Target on a Saturday, I take a smaller car.

Repairs are remarkably inexpensive since practically everything's a common Ford component. Parts have been downright cheap. The rear main seal will cost a mint in labor, but it's an outlier price-wise. Also, aside from the brakes, the car hasn't actually *required* any of the repairs I've made (or those on my to-do list) to stay roadworthy. In other words, so far, so good in the reliability department.

It's completely anachronistic and attracts lots of attention, even in car-crazed Southern California. I have a lot of fun with her, and use her almost daily for something or other. Friends love to go cruising. Very glad with the purchase.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th February, 2009

21st Apr 2009, 18:26

The big Lincoln ruled in the 70s. It was the ultimate luxury car. Still made better than anything today in my opinion. Luxo barges rule amen.

22nd Apr 2009, 13:33

I own 7 of the Lincolns of the "Mark" series from the 70's. I LOVE em. And yeah, parts are dirt cheap. It also helps if you are a mechanic for a living ;)