Those of you who have been reading CC for a while may remember one of my early write-ups on a 1978 Lincoln Town Coupe. About a month after that CC ran (link here) the Lincoln disappeared, and I assumed it had been sold. That theory went out the window back in September, when I ran across it in a different part of town.
Yes, it is still available if any of you Brougham Society members have an interest. Sadly, the rear bumper went AWOL a while back. As I was snapping pictures, the owner, who lives down the street from where these photos were taken, came over to see what I was up to.
I introduced myself and explained about Curbside Classic. He told me he’d purchased the Lincoln in the fall of 2011, but decided to sell it a few months later as he has several cars. I asked about the bumper and he told me he still has it.
The bumper itself is OK (seen here, attached in a photo from the original post), but apparently the mounts failed. Probably easy enough parts to find, considering how many of these Pullman-like Connies have survived. The car itself is remarkably clean and rust-free.
The accessory forged-aluminum wheels really set this car off. My grandfather had a 1977 Mark V, in triple midnight blue, that he ordered brand new, and it had these same wheels–much nicer than the standard “Luxury” wheel covers or optional wire wheel covers.
The current owner purchased this Continental from either the original owner or their relative. It clearly has been well taken care of, as evidenced by the pristine interior. I don’t recall the number, but this coupe also has extremely low mileage.
How nice is the interior? Well, it still has the plastic wrapping on the rear seat belts! I always loved the diamond-pattern interior of the 1975-79 Town Car and Town Coupe, though it looked even snazzier with optional leather trim. As much as I am into Brougham Era luxury cars, I don’t really care for velour.
Hopefully, the right buyer will come along one of these days. Whoever that person is, I hope he fixes the bumper. There’s nothing sadder than seeing a gigantic luxury car rolling down the road without a rear bumper. It’s the automotive equivalent of having your shirt untucked!