You will never again see full-sized land yachts like this 1973
Lincoln Continental roaming the highways. If you've driven one, you
know the sense of serenity, power, and absolute isolation these
cars deliver, and if you've never experienced a '70s luxury car,
well, you're in for a real treat. These are hot entry-level
collectables today and they're welcome at all the LCOC meets, so
get in and enjoy some grade-A luxury at an economy car price!
It's hard to believe that folks in the 1970s thought that this 19-foot-long car should have only two doors, but here it is. In a tribute to excess and the quest for longer, lower, and wider luxury, the Continental represents Ford's best in 1973. Wearing medium blue that's not only period-correct, but quite handsome today, it stands tall among all its brown and tan siblings. It's been nicely maintained for the past 40-some years, and a fresh paint job really makes it sparkle and surely wasn't cheap. There are no major issues to be found and those gigantic doors still swing shut with a solid finality. There's also a nice-fitting white vinyl top that doesn't seem to have any nasty surprises waiting underneath and gives the big Lincoln a more formal air. There's a great deal of chrome and stainless trim, all of which is in good shape and don't worry, the headlights snap closed when you fire up the engine. If there's a demerit it is that slightly tweaked edge on the rear bumper, but a good shop might be able to push it back into shape without too much effort.
The interior is a fantastic tribute to the disco era. Our lights make it look more turquoise than it is, but it appears to be original and in fair shape throughout. The seats aren't split or worn, which is nice, although the driver's side door panel obviously needs some help and the steering wheel has a few cracks. On the upside, however, it has nice carpets, a ton of options like power windows, locks, and seat, plus automatic climate control (needs to be serviced). There's a very cool ribbon-style speedometer that works like it should, creeping across the instrument panel as you accelerate, and you'd better believe there's a ton of stretch-out space in there, both front and rear. As you'd expect, the trunk is truly massive, making this a fantastic choice for a long-distance road trip.
Ford's bulletproof and muscular 460 cubic inch V8 provides plenty of power for the big Continental and once it's warmed up properly, it pulls like an electric motor. Yes, the engine bay is scruffy but the engine's internals are tough and as you can see, grime is all you have to deal with because this isn't a rusty car. There's Ford Blue on the engine itself and with a giant radiator up front, it never seems to get fussy. The only transmission available was a C6 3-speed automatic, and it feeds a burly 9-inch rear end with towering highway gears inside (probably 2.73s) so the car just loafs along with modern traffic and never feels stressed. The ride is still plush and floaty, but that's the entire point of a car like this, right? Factory steel wheels with standard hubcaps and 235/75/15 whitewall radials complete the look.
With a little attention, this could be a fantastic cruiser and a favorite road car, and you sure can't beat the price. Call today!