Luxury Sleeper: 1978 Lincoln Continental

1978 Lincoln Continental

This beautiful, 1978 Lincoln Continental has so much more to it than meets the eye. It is listed for sale for $10,000 but at the end of the listing, the seller indicates they will accept an offer. Located near Kansas City, Kansas, specifically Harrisonville, the car does have a clean title. The seller states that there are just 3,000 miles on the car, but there’s a bit more to that story. You can take a look at this Lincoln here on craigslist and trust me, you are in for a nice surprise. Thank you, Pat L, for the tip.

1978 Lincoln Continental

The reason for the low mileage is because this car has a newer 532 cubic-inch big-block Ford. There is a long list about the sleeper beneath the hood, including an Eagle crank, a Crane camshaft, Race Tech pistons, Edelbrock Performer heads, Blue Thunder intake, dual four-barrel Holley 4160 on progressive linkage, MSD ignition, and custom headers with a two and a half-inch dual exhaust. All of that engine is connected to a C6 heavy-duty automatic transmission which was built by Lees Summit Transmission. An ATI Streetmaster torque converter is installed. It doesn’t sound like describing a Lincoln Continental, does it?

1978 Lincoln Continental

Inside is an incredibly clean, very stock interior which is vastly different than what is under the hood. There is no mention if this car has been restored, but it has obviously has been worked on. It very well could be a survivor that is complimented with a hefty sleeper engine implant. The gold paint is stunning and again, if it hasn’t been repainted, this thing is in amazing condition. You will have to take some time to talk to the seller about all the details not related to the engine.

1978 Lincoln Continental

While this car might weigh just south of 5,000 pounds, the engine installed should get it all moving very quickly. If your goal is to take it drag racing, hopefully, it gets everything moving faster than your opponent expects and you are able to take home a win. Although, you might have to pick your opponent carefully in order to make sure you have a strong chance at victory.


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  1. Bud

    The only thing missing is curb finders .

    Like 14
    • Vudutu

      This is one cool ass ride. This ride defines this decade, wow.

      Like 17
  2. Steve W

    I just hope no one dumps the car for the engine.
    Very unusual.

    Like 7
  3. ken tillyUK Member

    In one word, “Beautiful” My kind of car.

    Like 8
  4. Weasel

    I look at those seats and wonder…how many French fries can they hold.

    Like 19
  5. Tom71mustangs Member

    The World will never know. Our most skilled archeologists will never recover all of Ronald’s fries from those beautiful, plentiful tan crevasses.

    Like 11
  6. FordGuy1972 FordGuy1972 Member

    Talk about something different! This Lincoln is probably the fastest one on the planet. It’s a beautiful car in and out packing quite the surprise under the hood. Considering the condition and the performance upgrades, the price seems like a good deal.

    Like 7
  7. Stephen G Paulus

    This might be the one Commander Cody was singing about.

    Like 5
  8. angliagt angliagt Member

    COOL! – but does it corner well?

    Like 2
  9. Ken Cwrney

    Forget the fries! Just think of how many
    sets of rear tires you’ll be frying when you
    pull away from a traffic light! And no, this
    is the second gen Hot Rod Lincoln and what a beast it is too!

    Like 5
  10. Ken

    Ok yes the car is beautiful. But by the end of the day you have a big car that goes really fast. So?

    • Dusty Rider

      So…get out of the way!!

      Like 17
  11. petemcgee

    This one ought to pull the skin off the pudding.

    Like 5
  12. PaulG

    Back in the early 70’s my older brother built a 65 Old’s 98 into a real sleeper…that 425 was quite an engine.
    Love the trailer hitch, nice touch!

    Like 5
  13. BobCh

    This could be a repaint…I dont remember this color for the town cars but a Jubilee Gold for the special edition Mark V. Looks great on this Town car any way

    Like 2
  14. 8banger dave Member

    That was funny, Weasel.

  15. Miguel

    When I think of a Hot Rod Lincoln, this is not the model I think of.

    I wouldn’t go anywhere near this car. It seems a waste of a good engine, when the original engine was just fine for what this car was made for.

    Like 1
  16. Stevieg Member

    I wonder if the a/c still works lol.
    I am not sure what I would do with it, definitely not practical lol, but I like it! I highly doubt I could afford to feed this beast.

    Like 1
  17. Jim

    Would be a nice car if it had it had the original engine.

    Like 3
    • PatrickM

      I believe that would be the 460.

  18. PJH

    Never saw that color before.
    My dad had a 76 or 77 Town Car. It was the best I ever saw! Beautiful black outside with a jade green velvet interior. It had the oval opera windows. It was some sort of special edition. Had a larger luxurious front grill and a power moonroof. Don’t know what exact year or model it was called. Even had the compartments on the back of the seats for a wet bar! Now that was a sweet ride! Wish I could find it again. Always wondered if it’s still on the road or not here in upstate NY.

    Like 1
  19. PatrickM

    This land yacht is still for sale. Too bad gas is so expensive. As nice as it is, I do have my criticisms. (Yuch) No underside pics, no rear seat pics, no odometer/dash pic. A better price could be had with the original, or same size, replacement engine…460. That trailer hitch tells me it did a lot of towing. That would be hard o n the transmission. As nice as it looks, I am skeptical. Pass. Potential buyer beware.

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