1981 Lincoln Town Car 5.0L from North America


I love it. Started as an old school car and soon to be a restoration project


Smog Control Unit.

Stock Muffler rotted out.

Passenger door handle broke.

Normal wear and tear.

General Comments:

I love it. Even though shes 23 years old, she is a good old car. Still drives like new on factory stock suspension components. Very good for early fuel injection of mass production. Bought as a cheap school car and now in the process of restoration. I know a 1981 but hey she earned it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th February, 2004

2nd Oct 2004, 13:33

How can I access the town car mileage registry?

20th Nov 2007, 02:21

Did the Lincoln Town Car's ever come with the manual transmission back in the 1980s? I've always thought the automatic transmissions were standard on those cars.

19th Nov 2014, 22:11

What I want to know is how the original poster here got an '81 to run well? Those variable-venture carburetors were junk when brand new!

6th Jun 2015, 23:53

A 1981 Lincoln Town Car would be throttle-body fuel-injected. These Panther Lincolns never had a carb. I remember the EFI on these cars being all the rage back then, as it was a new invention at the time.

10th Jun 2015, 01:51

Of course, automatic transmissions have been standard equipment on Lincolns and Cadillacs since the 50s, and probably even long before that.

10th Jun 2015, 03:57

Canadian Panther cars did get the carb. I own an '83 Mark VI sedan.

11th Jun 2015, 16:59

It may be possible in Canada, but if I recall correctly, the last carbureted vehicle in the Lincoln lineup was the 1982 Continental with the 302.

The TBI looks exactly like a carb, as it pretty much is one, just with an overhaul. The air filter, hoses, tubes, etc. all look the same.

21st Jun 2015, 22:29

All Canadian Lincoln Town Cars had a carb up until 1984. In 1985 they got the CFI 5.0L, and then in 1986 they got multi-port fuel injection.

28th Jun 2015, 16:17

I read the Wiki article, turns out that's correct. Interesting why Lincoln would keep the carb for so long in Canada, when it would make more sense to just make EFI 100% standard everywhere.

2nd Jul 2015, 16:28

I wonder if differences in emissions testing laws between Canada and USA in the 80s might be the reason why Canada got carburated engines in the Town Cars? At any rate, if one of these Lincolns has the variable venturi, it can easily be replaced with a conventional Motorcraft carb.

3rd Jul 2015, 20:29

Uggh. Those variable venturi carbs were terrible. Probably among the worst carbs ever made. I'd change those out as soon as I get them if I ever bought a car that had one.