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For Sale: 1978 Lincoln Continental

Continental 1978

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Location:    Lithia Springs, Georgia US
Stock #:    287-ATL
Ad Renewed:    August 15, 2014
Ad Expires:    September 14, 2014
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Streetside Classics-Atlanta  (17)
213 Thornton Rd
Lithia Springs, GA 30122 US
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 Vehicle Specifics
Year: 1978 Make / Model: Lincoln Continental
Mileage: 61684 Title Status: Clear
Engine: 8 cyl. Transmission: Automatic Exterior Color: Blue
Doors: 2 Interior Color: Blue
 Vehicle Description
Spanning 19 feet, 2 inches, nobody can say the 1978 Lincoln Mark V isnt a big car. Representing the last of the traditional land yachts, 1978 was the final year for the big block 460 V8 in a Lincoln, so if youve always yearned for this uniquely American style of luxury, heres a second chance.

Showing 61,685 original miles, this exceptionally clean and well maintained Mark V drives and feels like top-of-the-line luxury from three decades ago. Brilliantly dressed in what appears to be Wedgwood Blue with a matching blue vinyl top, the new Mark Vs razor-sharp styling certainly looks impressive. With long hood/short deck styling that has always been the Continentals hallmark, the Mark V also shows crisper creases and neat details like the flat parking light lenses that illuminate a Continental emblem when viewed from the side. This one has apparently been in very careful hands for the past 33 years, because theres no sign of damage or additional paintwork, with the finish on the car showing a lovely patina that can only come from careful maintenance. Theres no sign of rust, either, since this car hails from the south, and all the chrome is bright and even the bumpers dont have any parking lot dings. Even more remarkable is the color-matched rub strips along the flanks, which are still bright and havent started to peel off, which happens frequently to cars like this that have been stored outdoors. Badges are crisp, and even the letters spelling out CONTINENTAL on the traditional spare tire hump on the deck lid arent showing any pitting or fading.

Inside youve got a SuperFly flashback, with light blue velour covering the interior like a soft, fuzzy leisure suit. Fans will dig the Lincolns furniture, and both the front split bench and rear bench are the size of the sofa in your living room, and every bit as comfortable. The upholstery, carpets, and headliner are undoubtedly original equipment and remain in excellent condition with no rips or tears. The door panels, made from 1970s plastic, are showing their age with some cracking, although the dash is undamaged. Speaking of the dash, the driver gets a massive swath of simulated wood thats really not all that convincing, but thats part of the cars charm-it isnt supposed to be. Turn on the headlights and the gauges light up with a cool, icy blue lighting system that was probably pretty high-tech in 1978-cant you imagine your father calling his buddies over to see his new car and then turning off the lights in the garage to show off the dash? Theres just nothing like the interior of a 70s luxury car if youre into absolute isolation and the most gentle pampering available. Everything was standard, including A/C, power windows, power locks, cruise control (and here you thought steering-wheel mounted controls were a recent invention), and even an AM/FM/8-track thatll play your favorite ABBA tape.

Powering this massive cruiser is Fords biggest V8, a 460 cubic inch hammer that makes 210 horsepower and a reasonable 357 pounds of torque thanks to a 4-barrel carburetor. Thats easily more than the Eldorados 425 cubic inch V8, and the Mark V was quite a big longer than the already mammoth Eldo. The only transmission available was Fords rugged C6 3-speed automatic, which has traditionally lived behind the big blocks, and out back theres likely a very highway friendly gear that makes high-speed cruising effortless-you just know those guys down in Texas were buying these and blasting across the prairie at 100 MPH. The engine bay is about what youd expect from 61,000 miles-well maintained and clean. But it is all original and fully functional, from the air cleaner with its original Ford Blue paint to the distributor that still appears to be wearing its original spark plug wires. It runs beautifully, starts easily, and glides down the road as effortlessly as you would expect.

In 1978, the Lincoln was indisputably the better car compared to its Cadillac counterpart. With more power, a handsome, fresh design, and a lovely interior, it was the ultimate luxury car to tell the world you had well and truly arrived. This one is nicely preserved and drives as good as it looks, with that complete feeling of isolation that only a body-on-frame car with a giant V8 can deliver. These cars were a staple of American highways for decades, and well never see their kind again. If youre a fan of the era, a Lincoln collector, or just want to see what all the fuss is about, you owe it to yourself to drive a 70s land yacht. Theres simply nothing else that feels like it. Call today!
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