Continental Town Coupe
1976 Lincoln Continental Town Coupe
1976 Lincoln Continental Town Coupe
Your first impression when you approach this 1976 Lincoln Town Coupe is that it's simply mammoth. On a 127.2 inch wheelbase, it rivals the biggest cars of the '50s, and today anything with 127 inches between the wheels is a full-sized dually pickup. In fact, this car is more than 18 inches longer than a new Lincoln Navigator! But it isn't merely big for the sake of being big, it has style and proportion and a gothic look that has aged pretty well. These cars have enjoyed a nice uptick in values ever since the guys in the flick “Casino” and "Donnie Brasco" were motoring around in such things, and in 1976, if you owned one of these, you had well and truly made it to the top.
Long straight rust-free steel panels, with well minded gaps, are all bathed in Dove Gray paint. This paint shows some areas of minor crazing and cracking, but the car retains its shine. Hidden headlights, a big chromed radiator surrounding, cathedral lights flanking on all 4 corners, and some chrome trimmings running the length of this car several times, it's looking very proud. Bumpers show some slight wear, and the finish is crazed just like the paint. Other trimmings and badging are all in good condition. On top of the passenger compartment is a gray vinyl landau top with rectangular glass emblazoned with the Lincoln logo and a "Town Coupe" emblem in your grandmother's script. The top is good, with just a slight soiling that should clean up with a good scrubbing. Square and rectangle design chop nice sections into this car's design, and bottoming off this monster is a set of smooth brushed finish wheel covers with a large chromed nut hub in the centers complete with the continental star within a black background inside the nut.
A swing of the doors and we have padded vinyl in faux leather pattern gray, aiding tastefully with molded vinyl, and wood appliqué burl panels which house some of the many convenience options available at the driver's fingertips. Dark gray carpet is on the bottoms and courtesy lighting makes sure you do not get out and place a Bruno Magli into a surprise puddle. Rich gray leather covers a twin front bucket seat setup and talk about padding aplenty you will not go without on these seats. Several padded “pillow" sections are sewn into the seats for extra comfort and cushion. A big fold down central armrest is noted, and the rear bench also does not have us wanting for more luxury, matching the front seating. All seats have nice aging with some folds and slight wear showing. For the dash more feathered wood grained appliqué with squared off white faced gauges, chromed slider levers, and lots-o-warning lights along with an aftermarket Jensen AM/FM/Cassette stereo. An original steering wheel with more wood appliqué is in front and has cruise control levers within the spokes. Deep pile gray carpet floods the floors, and has a few stains and spots, but no tears or areas of overwhelming wear. The headliner is nice and tight.
With wires and hoses aplenty along with some blue painting for the engine block and valve covers plus the air cleaner, we note a 460ci V8 insertion. 4 barrels of carburetor are atop, and a C6 3-speed automatic transmission is on back with a Ford 9-inch 2.75 rear axle.
As the photos show, the undercarriage has some surface rust peeking out from under the peeled off undercoating paint. Framing is solid as are these peppered floor pans and rockers. Power disc brakes are on the front while power drums provide stopping power for the rear, and stock style exhaust is on this car.
A quick starter, and smooth runner, this car provides a beautiful ride, and good handling, as well as bias free panic stopping. All conveniences were in working order, and the seats were like sitting in my home favorite recliner.
A wonderful low mileage cruiser, right out of 1976 that states “gas crisis be damned”, back in the day if you could afford the car, you could certainly afford the gas to go into it. A small price to pay for the ultimate luxury you are treated to on the interior, and visually you are an instant big shot with the exterior size. Well cared for, this car is mid 70's luxury before the downsize candy, and it's in all day sucker form and size.
Y-Wixom, MI Assy Plant
81-Continental Town Coupe
A-460ci V8 4bbl 202hp
897374-Sequential Unit Number
PAINT 1NTE-Dove Gray
TRIM KSB-Gray Pillow Top Leather Buckets
TRANS U-C6 3 Speed Automatic
AXLE 2-Ford 9" 2.75 Conventional
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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