Continental Collector's Series
BEAUTIFUL & NEARLY IMMACULATE SURVIVOR, ONLY 3,196 MILES, RUNS EXCELLENT!
Big American luxury cars of the '70s were unlike anything that came before or since, and the biggest, most luxurious of them all had to be the Lincoln Town Car. By the time this 1979 Town Car Collector's Series was built, Cadillac had already downsized, making it the undisputed champion of the luxury car wars. With just 3196 original miles (not a typo), this is perhaps the finest example of its type anywhere and it's definitely the most sheetmetal per dollar in the collector car world.
Basic white looks great on a luxury car, and the all-original finish on this Lincoln shows off what you got for a rather substantial chunk of change in 1979. Finish quality is quite good and for it to look so well-preserved after nearly 40 years is a testament to the care it has received. The long, straight almost gothic lines of the last of the land yachts have aged well and still look attractive today. Traditional Lincoln styling cues abound, including the bright strip of trim that runs along the tops of the fenders and doors, a feature that first showed up with the 1961 Continental. The rubber filler panels for the bumpers remain in very good condition and if you're familiar with these cars, you already know that these parts deteriorate fast if the car is exposed to the elements. The white vinyl top appears to be almost new, and the overall look is quite uniform, so someone has obviously loved this car. Nice chrome bumpers, a tall, vertical grille, and folding headlights complete the look.
The interior is about the size of a Manhattan starter apartment and as luxurious as a penthouse suite. Blue velour on tufted seats is both durable and comfortable and shows zero wear, as you'd expect. Ornate door panels have controls for the split power front seats, windows, and locks, all framed in fairly convincing faux wood. The weather seals are still supple, so this car seals up like a tomb and just whispers along on the highway, and thick carpets underfoot certainly help with that effect. Other features include automatic climate control (still cold!), cruise control, automatic dimming headlights, and a rather sophisticated AM/FM/8-track/CB stereo. The back seat has enough room for the starting front line of the LA Lakers and the beautifully finished trunk will carry all their gear and then some. And yes, that's the original spare that's never been used.
Ford's 400 cubic inch V8 was the only powerplant available in the Town Car in 1979, and it's a good choice. Smooth, torquey, and almost completely silent, it moves the massive sedan without ever feeling like it's working hard. It's quite original and nicely maintained, with all of the factory markings still visible under the hood. It's got the proper replacement parts, but with so few miles, most of the equipment hasn't been broken in yet. It starts easily and idles so smoothly you'll be tempted to hit the starter again, and the brand new single exhaust system offers just a distant hum to advertise the engine's operation. A 3-speed automatic transmission shifts almost imperceptibly and with towering highway gears in back, this is perhaps the best long-distance cruiser you'll ever drive. Factory "turbine" alloy wheels remain in excellent shape and carry what could be the original 225R15 whitewall radials that are irreplaceable but probably not suitable for high-speed driving anymore.
They called this a "Collector's Edition" and perhaps its time has come. We'll never see cars like this roaming the highways again, so take advantage of this opportunity to drive perhaps the finest example of Lincoln's last land yacht. Call today!
Defrost, Numbers Matching, AM/FM Radio, Cassette Player, Air Conditioning, Cloth Interior, Heat, Tilt Wheel, Cruise Control, Front Disc Brakes, Power Brakes, Power Locks, Power Seats, Power Steering, Power Windows, Seatbelts
Original Warranty Card, Owner's Manual, Reproduction Window Sticker
- Engine Type
- Engine Size
- 6.6 Liter V8
- Transmission Type
- 3 Speed Automatic
- Transmission Spec
- Body Color
- Body Style
- 3,196 (Actual)
- Interior Color
- Seating Type
- Split Bench
- Seat Material
- Shifter Type
- Center Console
Estimated Monthly Payment
Based on 20% down over 96 months