When this picture popped up on a Google Image search I was doing, I did a double take. A Soviet or Chinese limo?
Nope. Take a closer look…
It’s a 1976 Brazilian Ford Landau stretch limo. The 1966 bog Ford tooling was sent to Brazil in 1966, and it was made there until 1983. Although the basic body stayed the same during its long run, the front end received numerous changes to make it look a bit more current.
The Landau version came along in 1971, and this is the basis for that stretch limo in the first shot. Trying to channel as much Continental vibe as possible, I’d say.
These Brazilian big Fords also sported the 292 Y block V8 until 1970.