(first posted 2/19/2013) For those of you out of the loop, I have a thing for 1950s to 1970s “big old American cars” in aqua. Whether the bright turquoise of a 1955 Thunderbird or the light-metallic aqua of a 1966 Olds Ninety-Eight, I will go out of my way to check it out once spotted. And if the car has a white or aqua interior, well, just try to drag me away! So when I saw this lovely boat of a Lincoln on eBay recently, I had to share the joy.
According to the auction listing, this car is all original and only has 67K on the clock. Being a ’79, it does have the 400CID V8 and not the more desirable 460, but still–what a car!
Paul recently shared a mammoth 1973 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75, but that was a limo. This Connie is just a sedan. But what a sedan. What space, what style! What a car! New Lincolns, you say? MK-what? Sorry, not the same. Not by a long shot…
Besides the obvious luxury one of these cars provided–space, comfort, a cosseting ride–you also had a wide palette of colors to choose from. In addition to this one, in beautiful Medium Turquoise Metallic, you had such cool colors as Crystal Apricot Metallic, Midnight Blue Metallic, and Cordovan Metallic, not to mention the other 15 available colors.
Just look at all those colors. Quite the difference from today’s silvers, grays, black and whites, eh? And that’s not counting the many different vinyl roof and interior colors that were also available.
But that’s not all! No, this Connie is not just aqua on the outside! We also have plush aqua velour with wall-to-wall aqua carpet inside. The only thing that would make this better would be if it was leather instead of velour. There’s a scent to vintage Lincoln leather upholstery that I just love. I remember it well from Grandpa Bob’s ’77 Mark V and ’87 Continental.
The only demerit I have on the 1978-79 Continentals is that sparse instrument panel. The 1970-77 dash was much, MUCH cooler looking. This one is more of a gilded LTD dash than a Lincoln’s, though I do dig the Quadrasonic stereo with 8-track this one has.
The 1978-79 dash does look appropriate for a big brash American luxury car, though, with all the simulated woodgrain and chrome “Lincoln Town Car” script above the glovebox. If you got a basic Continental, the script said, appropriately enough, “Lincoln Continental.” Interestingly though, the top-of-the-line 1979 Collector’s Series Continental was NOT a Town Car, despite having the Town Car seat style, albeit in “Kasman II luxury cloth” instead of velour.
The back seat, if anything, has even more room than the front. With the ride this Lincoln provides and the acres of aquaness, you could be forgiven if you thought you were out to sea while riding in the back. Perhaps on a trip to Europe on the QE Blue?
Well, I can say with authority that this is the coolest thing I’ve seen on ebay in months. If this selection of pictures is not enough for you, there are many more on the auction listing, which can be found here. Hope it goes to a good home. For the Broughamic-minded, what could be better than this?
All images are from the original ebay listing.