Original and Almost Perfect: 1977 Ford LTD Landau

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Here’s a 1977 Ford LTD Landau and it’s in Joliet, Illinois. It can be found on eBay with a current bid price of just over $3,500 and the reserve isn’t met. There are over 100 photos of this great car, check them out for yourselves and let us know if you think this car is as nice as I think it is!

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This thing is nice! There are only 42,900 miles on this car and it basically looks perfect, or darn close to perfect. It’s for sale by the second owner and it’s been maintained and everything works on it. The seller says that  the undercarriage is solid, clean and dry.”

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In 1976, the LTD Brougham was discontinued and the Landau took over for those folks wanting the plush, signature ride that only the best could offer. Well, I guess they could have gotten a Mercury or a Lincoln if they wanted something better, but, you know what I mean. 1978 would be the last year of the full-sized Fords, although, looking back on them now, even the post-1979 models are huge compared to the size of most cars today.

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The greatness continues on to the interior of this time machine. As huge as this car is, I bet that I still couldn’t stretch out my legs as far as I can on our new cars, which seems weird with such a huge car. A couple of cars this big would fill our garage and wouldn’t leave much room left over for motorcycles or bikes. But, I would sure love to have one like this.

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This is Ford’s 6.6L 400 Cleveland V8 with either 168 or 173 hp. Oddly enough, that’s about the same horsepower as a couple of our new 4-cylinder cars have now. And, this car, as on all cars from this era, has it’s share of some fancy emissions equipment. It’s all packed in there pretty tightly. I can bet that this car as about as smooth and quiet as it gets, I love these big Fords from the 1970s. I don’t know what this one will sell for, $5,000? $7,500? It’s a two-door and it’s in almost-perfect condition, that has to drive the price a bit. What do you think of these big, late-1970s Fords? Wouldn’t this make a fun cross-country cruiser, especially with gas hovering somewhere just over $2 a gallon?

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Comments

  1. piper62j

    Great long haul car.. I remember working on these beasts and it was a pleasure to road test them.. Ford was on top of the luxury theme and the ride was extremely comfortable.. I miss these tanks, and they don’t have the harsh ride of the current Ford models..
    Great car..

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    • JoeBurris

      Tell me about it. I have a 1978 Mercury Cougar Sport Luxury Limited Edition and a 1994 Ford Crown Victoria LX. And although my crown vic is still more comfortable than most new cars today, it still doesn’t touch the ocusp of the comfort level my ’78 has. Really do love/miss those old fords. I remember as a child my great grandmother used to have a 1978 Mercury Grand Marquis. That thing was loaded all the way down to the white and blue interior. Now that’s a car I miss.

  2. geomechs geomechs Member

    Even though I worked for the competition at the time, I liked these cars a lot. There were quite a few came into our region, however, most of them were running 460s. Obviously good cars because the owners kept them for years. They were an exception to the rule as far as economy was concerned; a lot of owners reported mid to upper teens. This one is going to make someone very happy, and not break the bank doing it…

  3. DirtyHarry

    Bigger was still better in those years. Real men don’t need gauges either, just a row of idiot lights. I recall having a Chevy that burned up that way. By the time the “hot” light came on, it needed a valve job. First thing to do is install a set of gauges.

    • geomechs geomechs Member

      Hi DH. I can certainly agree that the lights are much like closing the barn door after the horse is already out. I always thought that the idiot light should come on before the engine got to the critical stage. Strangely enough though, GM did a lot of research into the warranty claims and found out that it warranted a lot fewer major engine failures when there were idiot lights than it did on cars and trucks equipped with full gauge clusters. They said it was a lot easier to see the light coming on than it was doing an occasional cursory scan of the gauges. That makes sense in a way. I always take notice when the low fuel light comes on…

      • mat

        Best of both worlds is gauges with redundant warning lamps.
        If you miss the gauge the light comes on as well.

      • brad

        Instead of adding after market gauges, perhaps if you could locate one equipped with the Police Package, it might have at least a temperature and oil pressure gauge. Simply swap instrument clusters. But, then, the original odometer may be compromised. I had a ’74 2 door with the 400 engine. It was no slouch. Beautiful car !

  4. Tim McDonald jr

    Back in 1982 I had the 1976 version of this car with the exact same paint color and interior. Except mine didn’t have fender skirts and hide away headlights. I remember paying $1100 for the car and not a thing wrong with it. Only kept it a year I wish now I wouldn’t have sold it but that’s the usual story. Great memories though

  5. MikeK

    23 years ago I sold one of these I had owned since new. Dove gray, 1/2 black vinyl top, wire wheel hubcaps, loaded every option except for cornering lamps & sun roof.
    No fender skirts or that strip down the center to prevent door dings. It had less than 19K miles when I sold it, and most of those were highway miles.

    Loved that car for vacations, great highway driver.

  6. nessy

    I think that color was called lime green, it looked yellow but had a green shade to it under bright light. A guy at our local cruise night brings a 72 Lincoln Mark IV in this exact color combo. Very late 60’s/70’s color.

  7. rustylink

    it’s almost perfect except it’s a 77 Ford LTD. I had one – malaise era crap..

  8. Vegas Vic

    Hook in good stereo , SIRUIS XM, and roll yo Reno! Pack that big trunk and disappear for months on end
    Nifty Fine Ford find! Plush n posh

  9. pat k

    i had a white 4 door with red interior. It rode really smooth, and jeez was it long. I went from an MGB to this as a company car. I was working in an A&P as a salesman, came out to my car to get something, and the car was gone. Scared to death, i called the police since I had about $2000 in merchandise in the trunk. Cops show up, and as I am looking around the lot, I see another white / red LTD, pretty much the same as my company car. Walked over, put the key in the door and it opened, but it wasn’t my car. The police checked the plate, got the address and went 2 blocks to the house. The car was in the driveway. A little old man, about 80 came to the door, didn’t even realize it wasn’t his car, despite the back seat being full of advertising signs, boxes and other salesman stuff.

    • rmward194 Member

      Amazing story!

  10. hhaleblian

    Owned by Joliet Jake.
    Elwood: It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark… and we’re wearing sunglasses.
    Jake: Hit it

  11. Prowler

    One thing about ford’s of this Era and earlier used a regular old tin tomato juice can for a vacum canister
    Check out the drivers inner fender…it’s there
    Ford had so many other choices…the 2nd largest Auto maker in the world at that time and the designers. and engineers sit down at the meeting and say how should we design our vacum canister and they came up with a tin can…what could that have saved….2 or 3 cents
    Must have been a can of V-8 tomato juice on the table

    • Ralph H.

      I always wondered what that tin can was…yes, odd..

  12. Roselandpete

    Your comment about the smallish interior doesn’t surprise me at all. A few years back I was looking at some Lincoln Marks from that era and I was amazed at how cramped the interior was for such a large car.

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