Lincoln is Ford Motor Company’s luxury marque, positioned as a direct competitor to GM’s Cadillac, where it competes to this day. Embodying American luxury, the company is over a century old and has produced many iconic vehicles that enjoyed silver screen presence too. This 1976 Lincoln Continental Coupe that we have on sale is from the Continental range of full-size luxury cars, the first generation of which debuted way back in 1940. With a healthy 87,853 miles on the clock, the seller of this fifth generation Continental reports a whole lot of refreshment and refurbishments.
The fifth generation Continental could be had as a two or four door car, and came in at an impressive 233 inches in length. Showcasing typical Seventies land yacht styling, this 1976 Lincoln Continental Coupe wears a clean white suit and rolls on aftermarket five-spoke alloy wheels that are reportedly wrapped in new tires. The vinyl-wrapped rear section of the roof is in a shade of maroon, there are wheel spats partially covering the rear wheels, and the headlamps are hidden behind motorized covers, a fad at the time. The red interior is very Seventies too, with plush seating for up to five occupants, and red dash, floor carpets and door cards too. There’s a smattering of wood trim across the dash and two-spoke steering wheel that hosts buttons for the cruise control. The seller reports that the seats have been re-upholstered, and the interior is new. The AC should also cool better, thanks to a new compressor. While the original push button radio is in the dash, the eagle-eyed will note a modern Kenwood head unit with CD and USB connectivity installed lower down, bringing entertainment into the modern era.
A land yacht required a suitably sized motor to move it, especially in the period known as the Malaise Era, thanks to strict emissions regulations strangling the majestic V8 beasts to produce power levels more in line with a goat than a horse. The 460ci V8 under the long hood of this 1976 Lincoln Continental Coupe hails from Ford’s 385-series of engines, and by 1976, was producing around 200hp, sent to the rear wheels via a three-speed automatic transmission. The seller reports extensive work done, including a new starter, alternator, carburetor, fuel pump, shocks, brake rotors, brake pads, and a dual aftermarket exhaust. The engine and transmission are said to have received a rebuild as well.
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