CC Outtake: Bill Blass Is Back!


Amidst the Thanksgiving rush at Whole Foods the other day, I spotted this stately-looking 1995-1997 Lincoln Town Car parked at the edge of the parking lot. Its superb condition first caught my attention, but noticing its color combination, I immediately thought of the Bill Blass Designer Series, which frequently used white and navy blue. Bill Blass was first offered on the Lincoln Mark IV, as one of the original “Designer Series” editions, beginning in 1976. It would continued to be offered on the Mark Series all the way up to the Mark VII’s final year in 1992, making it the longest-running, and ultimately the last Designer Series for the Mark.

There was never a Bill Blass Town Car, but this one sure could’ve been. This one is actually a Signature Series, with the “Presidential” dealer-installed (I believe) coach roof and emblems. The 1995-1997 model years are my favorite Town Cars. They’re one of the few post-Malaise Era cars that could really wear the the coach roof and extra chrome well. The BBS-style Lincoln wheels even look great with white walls. I think Bill Blass would have approved.