I would like to see your Town car. Hope it's just as good as mine. As for the Panther platform, update it and keep the names. They are the best cars since the dawn of time.
15:02, I don't really think that is accurate. Ford's big cars are not big hits any longer. The Crown Victoria is not even available to the general public anymore, and the Grand Marquis and Town Car are largely fleet sales nowadays, which are not nearly as profitable as selling them retail.
As far as I know Ford does not have a replacement in the works for the Grand Marquis or Town Car. Most of the buyer base won't be driving in ten years either.
In short, Chrysler and GM quit making large cars because they no longer sell. I myself like big cars, but I think it is obvious the majority of Americans no longer want to drive a full-size American car. It is sad, but the Big American "turnpike cruisers" have been overthrown by the Japanese "me too" mid-sizers.
Actually it isn't that Americans don't want to buy full sized cars anymore, it's that they can't afford to - the standard of living has fallen a lot over the last 2-3 decades, and continues to fall precipitously.
Basically it is cheaper to drive around in smaller, front wheel drive cars. The American worker is poorer now, so that's what he gets.
Gotta love Town Cars... I'm 18 and own a 100" 93 Lincoln Town Car Stretch Limo... it rides like a charms... in the 6 months I've had it I've drove it 48,000 miles, and have loved every mile of it. And yes it's my personal car, whether it's to the prom or the grocery store, I roll the the limo... LOL it gets a lot of attention, but I have to say I enjoy it.
Highly suggest getting one... you won't regret it. It gets 36 mpg on the highway and about 25-23 in town. And surprisingly for a car that weighs 7800 pounds, it hauls ass. The fastest I've had it up to is 126 mph, and it had more, but I let off it.
I've got you all beat; I am 17 and I have one, but I have had it since I was 16.
I got my 1992 Lincoln Town Car when I was 18. I'm 19 now and still have it. It's only got 138,000 original miles. Great car.
I'm 53 and always liked big cars... good for you if at 18 you enjoy comfort. You can buy them for cheap, so who cares if you spend more on fuel...
No, the full size car tradition continues in America. The species was just jacked up, put on a truck platform, and called "SUVs".
More like just jacked up, as the full size body on frame cars are basically trucks with car bodies. Now those jokes known as crossovers are just jacked up unibody cars. I just love how GMC markets the Terrain as "masculine". Against what? A Cruze. A B-body Caprice or Panther would send it whimpering away. I'm 24, and have to say body on frame cars for life. Now off with idiotic trendy mobiles.