For Sale: 1986 Lincoln Continental in Colonia, New Jersey

$2,750 (OBO)

Vehicle Description

1986 Lincoln Continental Sedan 4D, 5.0L V8 SFI with clean title in hand, non-smoker, garage-kept with low mileage, power steering, seats, and windows. My late father and mother were just the second owners of this classic vehicle, and they purchased it from a private owner in September 1992. Since then, they have not put a lot of miles on the vehicle and it has been garage-kept, as the excellent condition of the exterior paint can attest (please see the various photos). I am selling this fine working vehicle because my Mom can no longer drive so I've done a few things to get the car sale-ready and you will see that I have tried to document not only the car's superb features in the photos but its flaws. In terms of the exterior, I had about $600 of body work performed on the car, including the replacement of the right rear tail light assembly. The recessed quad headlamps work well but I did not have the front left marker lights/cornering lamp assembly replaced (our local shop did not have this assembly available) or a portion of the front grill trim repaired (see photo) although this part was available from several sources. The photos clearly indicate what I had addressed but also what further and relatively minor work could be done to restore the car to its original body condition. The car paint is original and is in very good condition, despite being 30 years old. The car's roof, which appears to be some type of vinyl-type, is in good condition, except where I've shown in the photos where some of the roof material edging has detached. The car runs very well and is a smooth ride and remains quite responsive (this had to be one of the first years for power steering, power brakes, power windows, power seat adjustments, etc.). I just had a mechanic evaluate the car and what follows is a summary of that inspection was performed on September 9, 2016 (and I have a copy of this paperwork in pdf if you are interested): Both front and rear tires are good with 9/32nds of tread depth. The front brakes are at 8mm, the rear brakes are close to needing replacement as they are at 3-4 mm. The battery tested good and the radiator and coolant hoses are all new. The ABS brake light is on but this might be some type of fault as the brakes check out fine and this light has gone on and off for years for no apparent reason. About 6 years ago, my late father opted not to fix the actuator of the left rear window so their mechanic disabled that window so it is currently inoperable as is the radio because my Dad opted not to replace the antenna. It should also be noted and I'm directly quoting here from the inspection report that it appears that the "intake manifold and valve covers have some oil leakage" and the "rear main seal and rear differential pinion seal appear to be leaking also." This is not uncommon for this make and model but I have noticed in my late father's garage that the leaks are of the nuisance variety and not a substantial breaches. The mechanic also reported that there are several holes in the muffler which gives the car a rough-sounding idle but replacement mufflers can easily be obtained. Lastly, the mechanic suggested that the air filter and wipers should be upgraded. Also, I had the locking wheel lugs replaced because we couldn't find the key. It appears that on the right rear door, there is short section missing of the horizontal brushed-chrome strip that ran along each side of the vehicle. This model is fitted with Ford's door-mounted Keyless Entry System and I have all the original manuals, so perhaps that code can be re-programmed because I don't know what my Dad had as a code.The photos summarize the inside condition of the vehicle and again, it is in remarkably good shape given the age of the car. The leather seats in the back look virtually new, the two front seat have normal wear and tear with minor cracks and creases in the leather, but no serious flaws or large missing sections. Unique to the 1986 model year were that the doors and dashboard were fitted with satin-black trim (accented with low-gloss genuine walnut veneer). Lastly, I wasn't able to find a replacement emergency brake handle, but again, a diligent search by a knowledgeable person should be able to locate a contemporary replacement. I did have the blinker arm replaced because I could tell that it was nearing the point where it was going to crack and fail so that part is brand new. I have priced the car as if it was in the KBB-defined Fair Condition because of the interior wear and tear and the exterior dents and paint loss on the right rear panel in addition to the missing cornering lamps but mechanically and in other aspects, I would rate the vehicle as solidly Good, which would have been priced considerably higher. In essence, though, I have priced the car to sell at hundreds of dollars below the "Good Condition" price. Please note that I live several hours away from the car's location in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey but I can either come up on alternate Saturday or alternate Wednesdays to show the car as my mother is not capable of handling this transaction so I appreciate your understanding that I can only show the car during these time periods. It would be preferable to have this be a cash or money order transaction, no personal checks or credit cards please.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-908719
  • Year:1986
  • Make:Lincoln
  • Model:Continental
  • Exterior Color:Beige
  • Interior Color:Beige
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Engine Size:V-8
  • Odometer:85530
  • Restoration History:Unrestored
  • Exterior Condition:Good
  • Seat Material:Leather
  • Air Conditioning:Yes
  • AM/FM Radio:Yes
  • Cassette:Yes
  • Cruise Control:Yes
  • Power Brakes:Yes
  • Power Steering:Yes
  • Power Locks:Yes
  • Power Windows:Yes
  • Power Seats:Yes
  • Engine History:Original
  • Engine Condition:Running
  • Drive Train:Rear-wheel drive