The Lincoln Continental was the flagship sedan of Lincoln, Ford Motor Company's luxury brand. Sadly, the nameplate bowed out in 2020, leaving Lincoln with an all-SUV lineup. The Continental would be around in some form or other from 1939 up until 2020, albeit with some breaks along the way. Today's 1979 Lincoln Continental Town Car Collector's Series is from the fifth generation and is the Collector's Series special edition produced in 1979 to mark the end of the fifth generation. If you'd like to own and drive a proverbial land yacht, this car is the perfect way to do it.
Sporting a dark blue paint job, one of only four colors offered on the Collector's Edition, this 1979 Lincoln Continental Town Car Collector's Series looks suitably lavish, even in 2023. The trick headlamp covers are present, as are wire-effect alloy wheels and the Lincoln radiator mascot standing proud. It's a long car, as, by 1979, the length was a parking spot confounding 233 inches. However, these cars aren't meant to mix with the hoi polloi but stand out on their own. Likewise, the blue interior with ample wood trim is equally lavish. It's got squishy and plush seats at the front and rear, with plenty of rear leg room to enjoy, thanks to the 127-inch wheelbase. We can see the Ford Quadrasonic Stereo radio cassette player sitting proudly in the center console, which offered individual sliders to set the front-to-rear sound balance, as well as left to right. Beneath it sits the climate control panel. As you'd expect, this car comes with air conditioning. A gaze at the driver's side door panel reveals not only power window and mirror controls but also seat controls. Automatic headlamps are present and looking at the two-spoke steering wheel, one will be pleasantly surprised to discover cruise control buttons on it. Finally, the linear, white-faced speedometer is pure class.
Our 1979 Lincoln Continental Town Car Collector's Series land yacht is powered by a 400ci (6.6L) Cleveland V8, which, surprisingly, was the smallest engine on offer! Don't expect massive horsepower, as it's a low-revving high-torque engine that sends drive to the rear wheels via a three-speed C6 automatic gearbox.
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