by Don Kincl
Furniture pads protect the delicate paint of the lower car from scratches!
Actually this is an impressive demo of body integrity and strength.
King, me, Continental.
The Lincoln Monument.
Damn! Was going to say Mount Wreckmore, but that’s much better.
They’re both great.
Folks, those are solid jokes. Perhaps not as solid as a Lincoln, but… oh, wait 😄
Stacking, unless space was at a premium, never made much sense if parts sales were the objective. Out in the country junkyard, it was something those guys did for fun or whatever.
They look like they’re still guzzling gas just sitting there
So THAT’S where those little Lincoln Corsairs come from!
(Alas, my Dad omitted this detail from “the talk” we had when I was a pre-teen).
I can’t see the point of stacking unless the cars are headed straight to the crusher. The most popular parts for resale are the fenders, doors and deck lid. Why would you want to damage those parts? The truth is I don’t think, that there is a big demand for parts for these Lincolns.
Most likely the number of nice, original examples is sufficient to satisfy the demand for these cars. A fair number of them have survived.
Gives an interesting perspective on what might be a ’76 on the bottom and a ’77 on the top. I’ve read a few comments over time on the ’77 being cheapened by not re-centering the headlights between the parking lights and the grill.
I don’t know if that would have been wise, having the headlights seemingly a bit too far inboard may have made the ’77 a bit odd.
Interesting that Lincoln was criticized for not recentering the headlamps. You would think it wouldn’t matter with them being concealed!
Most R Model Mack’s didn’t have their headlights centered either. That was just part of their look. If you forget the 76 Lincoln, the 77 looks just right.
Swedes really know how to stack em up.
What surprises me here is that the ’77 facelift may have actually improved frontward visibility by making the raised section of the hood narrower. I knew this already of course, but thought that it was also raised higher and/or longer than the ’75-’76 design, but that doesn’t appear to be the case here.
Anyway, I like the earlier, wide grille better. Some say it looks more Mercury than Lincoln, which it kinda does, but the ’77-’79 design looks like a Rolls-Royce caricature.
I don’t rightly now why these are stacked
nor even that they are.
Instead, I think they’re photoshopped,
though that might be reaching too far.
What strikes me is how the grille on the face lifted car looks all of one piece, as if slotted in right behind the bumper, with an oblong breathing hole cut into the bumper.
The grille(s) on the older Lincoln look like just that: a proper (Mercury) grille up top, with a separate, smaller grille incorporated into the bumper.
Both are attractive, but I like the facelifted one better.
I do too. I think the trope about the Rolls-Royce grille is trite. It is a classic-era grille; call it ersatz if one likes to, but it was common to practically all vehicles of the 20s and early 30s.
Mercedes was also using a similar grille at the time, so if one wanted to can the schmaltz and be particularly unsentimental, you could say Ford was copying Benz, not Rolls. But I couldn’t possibly comment. 🙂
This the most memorable Lincoln grille from 1968 until 1997. Then they stupidly threw it overboard in favor of severable variations of flavor of the month. If it came back tomorrow it would still resonate. It just looks rich.
In my opinion these cars always were ‘stacked’. Maybe not 57-Caddy stacked, but a great physique all the same.
A fellow who lives nearby had this statue made from his father’s Lincoln Town Car. He explained to me that this car was his father’s favorite of all time. His father totaled the car but instead of letting the insurance company sell the car as salvage he bought the car and as a tribute to his Dad had this made.
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