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Pick of the Day: 1977 Lincoln Continental Town Car

Three-owner, low-mileage executive ride

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The 1977 through 1979 model year Lincolns were among the longest automobiles ever produced by Ford Motor Company, due in part to the recent addition of federally-mandated 5-mph bumpers. Town Car sedans for those years became known as a “pillared hardtops.” In other words, they came with B-pillars but had frameless door glass. Here’s a perfect example:

The Pick of the Day is a 1977 Lincoln Continental Town Car listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Russellville, Arkansas. (Click the link to view the listing)

“Make some heads turn with this super rare black beauty!” the listing says. “All original, runs and drives as it should. Garage-kept, velour interior, protective plastic on the floor carpet.”

This black-on-black luxury sedan spans 233 inches in length, and therefore it commands attention everywhere it goes. The tinted windows create a sense of mystery surrounding who is driving (or being chauffeured) around – along with what kind of important business engagement or social activity they might be headed to. My favorite artifact shown on today’s Town Car is an orange sticker on the windshield from the Florida Highway Patrol dated March 1979; that piece of evidence adds validation to the seller’s assertion that the car remains largely original.

The Town Car name will forever be associated with executive transport: The model year range ran for about 30 years between 1981 and 2011, and the car served as the flagship trim level of the Continental for most of that lifespan. During the late 1970s, the Town Car’s body conveyed styling elements that were common among luxury cars of the era, such as hideaway headlights, whitewall tires, wire wheel covers, opera windows, and wheel skirts.

Regarding today’s feature car, the seller says, “Tires, top, dash, body, and paint are in excellent shape. All original miles.” The interior photos show the plush velour seating, upholstered door panels, generous woodgrain trim, and power convenience options. Even the sound system remains true to the time, consisting of an AM/FM stereo and a Quadrasonic eight-track tape player.

Any car of this size needs an equally large powerplant, and momentum for this luxo-sedan comes from a 460cid big-block V8 paired with a column-shifted C6 three-speed automatic transmission. The odometer shows 29,640 miles, which the seller says is true and original.

The asking price for this flagship 1970s luxury sedan is $25,900. Start shopping for an eight-track tape to along with it!

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie
Tyson Hugie is a Phoenix-based automotive enthusiast who has been writing for The Journal since 2016. His favorite automotive niche is 1980s and 1990s Japanese cars, and he is a self-diagnosed “Acura addict” since he owns a collection of Honda and Acura cars from that era. Tyson can usually be found on weekends tinkering on restoration projects, attending car shows, or enjoying the open road. He publishes videos each week to his YouTube channel and is also a contributing author to Arizona Driver Magazine, KSLCars.com, NSX Driver Magazine, and other automotive publications. His pride and joy is a 1994 Acura Legend LS coupe with nearly 600,000 miles on the odometer, but he loves anything on four wheels and would someday like to own a 1950 Buick Special like his late grandfather’s.

8 COMMENTS

  1. There will never ever be a Ride with Presidential Prestige as the Lincoln before it was downsized for the 80’s,90’s && 2000’s-2012. It had comfort,design,room,space,profile
    style,. Especially the Presidential Series. What ever option you wanted in it was installed.

  2. I would appreciate it if you could let me know when you come across more Lincolns like the 1977 Town Car you have listed now, I truly love that car, but at the moment I can’t afford that price, but things will change for me in the near future, Sincerely, Timothy F. Velotta 🇮🇹

  3. While this was the last of the big ones, they started cheaping up in the interiors in 77. The dashboard used to be unique, but by this time was pretty much shared with the Marquis and LTD.

  4. Remember fondly driving a Dove Grey 77 of another family member. Finest riding machine I have ever driven. Whisper quiet, amazing handling for it weight, sufficient acceleration, but most memorable was the ride. That Lincoln was like driving your living room down the highway. It floated along absorbing the shock of virtually all road surfaces.

    The one feature I didn’t get used to was the distance between the front spindals to the front bumper’s edge. Nearly six feet as I recall. Negotiating tight turns in downtown Indianapolis was a challenge.

  5. The 1965 I believe is the time of those particular door,remember this JFK, that was a big time for this particular design on other manufacturers that gave it a go.

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