34k Mile 1975 Lincoln Continental Town Coupe

For some individuals, their ultimate motoring experiences will be lived from behind the wheel of a classic muscle car. For others, a sports car is all that will fill the bill. However, there are some individuals who want their experience to be within the cosseted lap of luxury that can only be provided by cars like a Lincoln. It is those people who will look at this incredibly clean 1975 Continental Town Coupe and say to themselves, “that’s the car for me.” What this Lincoln also represents is a one-owner classic that has traveled a mere 34,000 miles. It is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and has been listed for sale here on Craigslist. The owner has set a sale price of $15,000 OBO for the Continental. I have to say thank you to Barn Finder Pat L for referring this classic to us.

One thing that simply can’t be argued is the fact that this is a car with presence. Finished in Dark Red with a White landau-style vinyl top, this is a car that is bound to attract attention. However, when you take a closer look, it isn’t just the color that will catch people’s eyes. The condition appears to be extremely good, with no signs of obvious dings, dents, chips, or scratches. There are no signs of any rust problems, while the trim, chrome, and glass, all look to be in good condition. I get the impression that you could take this Lincoln anywhere with pride, and that its condition would attract plenty of admiring comments from the general public.

The “red and white” theme from the exterior carries over to the vehicle’s interior, and once again, the condition looks to be very impressive. The floors are finished in lavish red carpet, which continues through to cover every square inch of the trunk. The dash and plastic trim are color-matched to this, and all seem to be in good condition. The pillow-topped seats are finished in white leather, with the door trims matching. White upholstery, whether it is leather or vinyl, can begin to develop a bit of a yellow hue over time, but that doesn’t appear to be a problem here. The color looks good, and there are no signs of any significant wear or tear. The leather still appears to be soft and supple, and in fact, I have my suspicions that no one has ever occupied the rear seat. The owner only identifies two flaws inside the Lincoln. The radio doesn’t work, although the 8-track player functions properly. The visor vanity lights also don’t function, but I don’t really see that as signifying the end of the world. Naturally, luxury appointments abound inside the Lincoln. The owner finds themselves with air conditioning, power windows, a power front seat, power trunk release, a remote driver’s mirror, cruise, a tilt wheel, and the previously mentioned 8-track player.

There are no engine photos, but we know that the Lincoln comes equipped with a 460ci V8, a 3-speed automatic transmission, along with power steering and power brakes. That 460 should be capable of producing 206hp, and with the Continental tipping the scales at a not-inconsiderable 5,423lbs, this is not a fast car. The journey down the ¼ mile should take somewhere in the region of 18.7 seconds, but it will be completed in comfort and splendid isolation. The owner says that the Lincoln has a genuine 34,000 miles showing on its odometer, and with the wide assortment of documentation that he holds, it is quite possible that he will be able to verify this. He does say that the carburetor has been changed due to some age issues with the original. The engine now sports an Edelbrock, although the original is included in the sale. The owner states that every mechanical aspect of the vehicle has been thoroughly checked, and that it is ready for a new owner to drive and enjoy.

The condition of this 1975 Lincoln Continental Town Coupe appears to be very impressive, and aside from a couple of very minor interior issues, it would seem to need nothing. At the asking price, it really does represent a lot of car for your dollar. It is worth noting that 1975 Continental Town Coupes in average to good condition have been selling at about the asking price for this one recently. The condition of this car would seem to be better than average. However, the owner appears be a bit flexible on the price, so it might be worth asking the question. You never know your luck.

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  1. Rex Kahrs Member

    Nice looking “coupe”. The price sure seems reasonable. I’d like to own it.

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    • CrownStooge

      The Lincoln plant ran out of red paint the day this ship set sail.

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  2. Bob_in_TN Member

    Very cool. Traditionally at the bottom of my like-to-own list, but now I’d be proud to own it. Red/white/white, what an eye-catching scheme (though not the black or dark blue I mentally picture when thinking about a Lincoln of the 60’s and 70’s).

    A great highway cruiser. Just make sure you have a spacious garage.

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    • Jon

      I had a 4 door 79 town car that wouldn’t fit in my garage. They are about 20 feet long. As long as my dodge 250 conversion van

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      • JACKinNWPA JACKinNWPA Member

        Yep! My 1979 Town Coupe is 19 feet 6 inches long. I like the color combination but I prefer the grill on the 77-79 Continentals.

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  3. Geebee

    Living in Norman, OK, this crimson & white “Sooner Mobil” would get me a lot of attention on game days.

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  4. Arby

    A rolling Barcalounger.

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    • art

      Um, no…that would be the one with the fuzz-wuzz red velour interior…lol

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  5. Mark P

    I like these big old cars. For years we had Crown Victoria’s and Grand Marquis. A good family car. Then one time my wife and I were going out with friends. We went in their Honda Accord. We couldn’t believe the amount of passenger room in that car. Especially the back seat. Better engineered hands down. We had the Fords and Mercury’s into the 2000’s. Riding in the Honda was when we realized the dated design of our cars.

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    • KarlS

      There’s a reason you didn’t see Honda Accord police cruisers. They can’t stand the abuse. We’ve had Panther platform cars in our family for probably three decades. I inherited my Dad’s ’98 Crown Vic (CV) several years ago (he had a Merc Grand Marquis (MGM) before that) and I was impressed enough to get another newer one and I’m a sports/muscle car guy. For a huge car, they get decent fuel mileage and can stow an Accord in the trunk (kidding). There’s really no comparison as each car has its own strong points but if either car were in a similar accident, I’d put my money on the occupants of the CV or MGM. And the full framed Ford/Merc probably wouldn’t be totaled. I consider my ’03 CV Sport a four door Mustang. It’s that responsive and good in the corners. YMMV.

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  6. Will Fox

    Very nice, and for it’s age it has probably THE nicest white leather interior i’ve ever seen, short of a mothballed car with no miles on it. Nicely equipped but no moonroof, but that hardly detracts from the car. If I had it to spend, I wonder if I offered the seller $11K cash if they would accept it? A beautiful Coupe that deserves a Lincoln lover’s true TLC.

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  7. John Oliveri

    Beautiful car, hopefully electronic gremlins not present, vacuum issues be gone, and it runs cool, and the Formoco carb has been replaced, I’ve owned many a Lincoln, I’d like to own this one too, wife would want divorce

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    • Mohammed Singh

      Your saying that like it’s a bad thing!

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      • John Oliveri

        I loved them all, just with all the electronics, things get a little sketchy, window motors headlight door actuators my one Mark IV had 4 wheel discs, every caliper had to get replaced, and the car was a cream puff 10 yrs old 40,000 mile car,

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  8. Rex Kahrs Member

    Worth mentioning is the slab-sided design, which first came in with the ’61 Lincoln, designed by Elwood Engle et. al. Mr. Engle was passed over at Ford for the head design position, so he jumped ship and went to Chrysler.

    His influence can be seen immediately in the ’65 through ’68 slab-sided cars which this ’75 Lincoln certainly resembles. SO, some 15 years after his departure from Ford, his design paradigm carried on. Here’s a shot of my Engle-designed ’67 Newport Custom, the front fenders look just like the Lincoln.

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    • John Oliveri

      Nice Mopar

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  9. John Oliveri

    In the 80s I had a brand new 83 Riviera and a 75 Lincoln MK IV, couldn’t close the garage door with the Lincoln inside, hated that Riviera, loved my Lincoln

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  10. Bob Mck Member

    Beaufiful! However I think the price is a bit high. However it says OBO, so they are at a good starting point. $11K should take it.

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  11. Stevieg

    This is AWESOME! If I had the choice between this or the 1990’s version featured a few days ago with a similar color combo, I would take this hands down! And I liked the newer one too.
    The add describes it as a white king size bed with a burgundy frame on wheels. What a description! But completely accurate lol.

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  12. S

    My friend’s mom drove one of these. It was medium blue with the white vinyl half top and white leather interior, with a blue dash, carpet, and seat belts. It was a beautiful car!! She was only 4 ‘ 10″ tall! I don’t know how she saw over the hood of the Lincoln – but she drove it all over! I remember it was quite an elegant, cushy car!

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    • DayDreamBeliever Member

      Booster seat?


  13. Douglas Threlfall Member

    My mom had a 1976 Town Coupe’ white with red landau top and red leather, at the same time my dad had a 1976 Town Car that was baby blue with a dark blue landau top and dark blue leather interior. Talk about a full driveway!

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