CC Outtake: 1977 or 1978 Lincoln Continental – Driving to the Hockey Game in Style

In my “semi-retired” years I keep busy doing a number of things including building security at a high-rise office building in the heart of downtown Edmonton. It’s not far from the new Rogers Place arena where the Oilers Hockey team plays. The four-level parkade from time to time has some interesting vehicles come through the overhead door. Many new and not very distinctive, then sometimes older and more distinctive.

On one particular evening as I made my rounds a big black Lincoln caught my eyes so I snapped a few pictures. I would have recorded the VIN number to confirm the year but doing that might have got me attention I didn’t need. So I took what pictures I could and looked at the rear taillight lenses for a clue as to the year of this Continental. The huge chrome wheels which the Thunderbird used for a time during the mid-seventies told me this Continental was a fifth generation car. The tail light lenses had a “75” molded into them, but I knew that isn’t always an accurate indication of a vehicle’s model year. Sometimes a part will not change in appearance because the casting or mold didn’t have to be changed. A little research puts this Continental sedan as between 1977 to 1979.

Whatever model year, it’s been well cared for since being purchased by someone long ago at a dealership in the province of Saskatchewan. The dark tint and “Foose” sticker on the rear window gives me the impression the current owner is not of my generation. Bravo for him or her having whitewall tires on those rims. They really add to the sedan’s appearance but can be a real challenge to buy as few manufacturers stock them. The interior from what I could see through a side window was in very good condition.

Under the hood of this particular Continental resides either the 400 V8 or the 460. By 1977 the 460 was no longer available in California, so the 400 became the engine available for Lincolns sold in that state. Archive information shows by March, 1977 the 400 became the standard engine with the 460 optional everywhere but in California.

Full-size sedans luxury or otherwise were popular on the Canadian prairies back in the day as folks wanted as much quiet and comfort possible while driving along flat stretches of pavement or gravel roads and great distances from one locale to another. The Lincoln Continental would have soaked up those miles easily.