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1979 Lincoln Continental
The Lincoln Continental was a series of mid-sized and full-sized luxury cars produced by Lincoln, a division of the American automaker Ford Motor Company. The model line was introduced following the construction of a personal vehicle for Edsel Ford, who commissioned a coach built 1939 Lincoln-Zephyr convertible, developed as a vacation vehicle to attract potential Lincoln buyers. In what would give the model line its name, the exterior was given European "continental" styling elements, including a rear-mounted spare tire. Along with the creation of the personal luxury car segment, the Lincoln Continental marked the zenith of several designs in American automotive history. The Continental is the final American vehicle line with a factory-produced V12 engine (1948), the final four-door convertible (1967), and the final model line to undergo downsizing (for the 1980 model year).
For consignment a last year holdout to the eventual downsizing that was going to take place the very next year. An original 1979 Lincoln Continental. This particular car comes to us with just a tick over 65,000 original miles. It comes in very nicely preserved condition and makes heavy use of white on the exterior steel slabs, and the interior seating. Red is the accenting color inside, and there are plenty of conveniences added to this large and in charge square and rectangle design of the times car. This will be a head turner in any driveway, mostly because of its large and in charge presence.
A big squared off chromed grille is flanked by dual hidden headlights and has a big chrome bumper with rubber inserts below. Vertical rectangular parking and signal lights are on either corner of the front quarters, which frame the front tire, have a few vents in the side, and run up to the massive doors on either side. A white vinyl top in good clean condition can be seen above chrome framed trimmed windows. On back the ubiquitous covered spare tire, and cars namesake, now integrated into the trunk lid and serves only as embellishment at this point. Dual vertical V shaped taillights are on each corner, much like the front signal lights, and a nicely preserved bumper is below. Some white vinyl moldings are above a stainless rocker trim, and these trim pieces run the length of the car. A dual pinstripe is on the belt line, and chrome surrounds the wheel wells on all corners. Turbine style wheel covers with a big central wheel nut shape are wrapped in semi-wide whites on all 4 corners.
White overstuffed square buttoned leather covers the split front bench and rear bench. Upfront a center armrest folds down for each of the driver and passenger. Door panels are white, and all clean, have some chrome trimmings along with a wood appliqu panel which houses the power windows, seat controls, side view mirror toggle. These panels are very nicely stitched and padded to the hilt. The original square and rectangle design dash is upfront and is topped by a red padded dash top and sides. Inside are wonderful wood veneer appliqu panels which show in a crotch walnut grain pattern, and beautifully provide a background for the square chromed gauges. The steering wheel is also red and has the wood appliqu with cruise control buttons at your fingertips. Climate controls, and a digital readout AM/FM/8 Track quadra-sonic stereo unit is inserted. Above is a nice tight clean headliner draped in white, and red carpet floods all floors presenting very clean.
A rise of the massive hood that the NFL could have played their last game on (yes...it's that large!) reveals a clean unrestored big number matching 400ci V8. It is topped with a 2-barrel carburetor, and on back is a C6 automatic transmission. A Ford 9-inch rear is noted for the rear axle.
Nice aged patina surfaces with no rust are seen underneath. All structurally sound under here, reminiscent of a 65K mile original car well cared for and garaged. Independent coil springs for the front suspension, and a 4 link with coil spring setup is on the back. Power disc brakes aid the stopping upfront, and power drums complete it on the rear.
This big 400 cubed engine Ford right up and idled with a whisper. It has nice acceleration, a smooth as silk ride, and even corners with ease and little body flop. I noted the reverse lights are inoperable, and the drivers power window rises a little bit slowly, but it completed the task. All other controls were working as they should.
A wonderful low mileage cruiser, right out of 1979 that states "gas crisis be damned", back in the day if you could afford the car, you can certainly afford the gas to go into it. A small price to pay for the ultimate luxury you are treated to on the interior, and visually you are an instant big shot with the exterior size. Well cared for, no rust this car is l
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