1979 Lincoln Continental Town Car 400 cu from North America
The Grand Dame of American Luxury Automobiles!
Car had a radiator and hose issue when purchased.
The landau vinyl roof was cracked and crumbling, due to being parked outside most of the second ownership.
Had to replace an idler arm on the left side due to being damaged.
Exhaust was loose at muffler attachment and a new pipe was needed.
Recently replaced the front passenger window motor, purchased off eBay due to the original died.
Always wanting a large old American car for a hobby project; finding 2 at an estate auction in the dead cold of January was a surprise. The owners were going to assisted living and everything was to be sold. The owner had a 79 White Mark IV and my triple black Continental Town car. The Mark had 70k original miles but the body was rotting off the frame and my Town Car had only 57K miles. The high bid sold for $800.00 and I was the backup bidder. Thinking the high bidder was taking the Continental, he took the MARK! So I was offered the Continental as back up for the SAME PRICE! What luck!.
The car itself was horribly oxidized and I wasn't sure it was dark blue or black. After a good interior and exterior cleaning, some repairs on the radiator and others. I now have a car that cruises like a dream, holds a football team and gets tons of looks wherever I go.
It IS a gas stations best friend (I get about 13MPG) but the 400cu runs well, flies great at highway speeds and is a 1 finger steering machine.
I had an upholstery shop put on a new top in NOS exact black vinyl, and have found a few salvage yards in the area that know me by first name for scavenge trim parts, chrome pieces, and anything that is in better condition than I have now.
I LOVE THIS CAR, and my foreign car snobby friend thinks I'm nuts.. But this is truly the BEST fun toy I have ever bought.
My friends love the big fuzzy seats, which I call "Bordello Velour", and I'm looking to upgrade to the digital Quadraphonic 8-track CB system. The 8 Track that's in it now is good, but I've heard the other system and it's much clearer and will make that Old Donna Summer 8 track sound even better!
This truly was the GREATEST YEARS of American Luxury Cars. If you can find one.. BUY IT!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 28th August, 2008