One Owner! 1979 Lincoln Continental Town Car

Feel like a road trip? You’ll have to visit British Columbia to buy this 1979 Lincoln Continental Town Car listed here on craigslist in Vancouver, British Columbia. Upon arrival in the City of Glass, you’ll shake hands with the original owner, who can describe how this pride of Lincoln covered its 79,000 km (49,000 miles). Check out those serious-looking black wall tires with raised white letter tires! Either the car is squinting or the headlamp covers may need some work.

Not much for blue? Then you might consider another vehicle. In addition to the exterior, blue covers everything in the interior that’s not wood-grain or chrome. What looks to be supple, well-maintained leather beckons your backside to embark on a drive to Boise. While listed as a “barn find,” no mention of a barn or storage is described.

When it comes to luxury cars, if buttons are good, more buttons are better, and this blue barge does not disappoint. By 1979, Lincoln was the only American car in it’s class that hadn’t been down-sized, so this final-year model represents the last of the dinosaurs before a less stately (albeit more fuel efficient) Lincoln hit the streets in 1980.

While the seller extols the Lincoln’s “Excellent running 5.8 litre engine,” all 1979 Lincolns of this type left the factory with 400 cid motors (6.6 liters), so either someone installed a smaller engine or the listing is incorrect. Similarly the car is listed as a “Signature Series” which did not begin until 1982. Perhaps these discrepancies result from differences between American and Canadian models. What do you think of the $15,500 asking price, and where would you drive this blue behemoth?

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Feel like a road trip? You’ll have to visit British Columbia to buy this 1979 Lincoln Continental Town Car listed here on craigslist in Vancouver, British Columbia. Upon arrival in the City of Glass, you’ll shake hands with the original owner, who can describe how this pride of Lincoln covered its 79,000 km (49,000 miles). Check out those serious-looking black wall tires with raised white letter tires! Either the car is squinting or the headlamp covers may need some work.

Not much for blue? Then you might consider another vehicle. In addition to the exterior, blue covers everything in the interior that’s not wood-grain or chrome. What looks to be supple, well-maintained leather beckons your backside to embark on a drive to Boise. While listed as a “barn find,” no mention of a barn or storage is described.

When it comes to luxury cars, if buttons are good, more buttons are better, and this blue barge does not disappoint. By 1979, Lincoln was the only American car in it’s class that hadn’t been down-sized, so this final-year model represents the last of the dinosaurs before a less stately (albeit more fuel efficient) Lincoln hit the streets in 1980.

While the seller extols the Lincoln’s “Excellent running 5.8 litre engine,” all 1979 Lincolns of this type left the factory with 400 cid motors (6.6 liters), so either someone installed a smaller engine or the listing is incorrect. Similarly the car is listed as a “Signature Series” which did not begin until 1982. Perhaps these discrepancies result from differences between American and Canadian models. What do you think of the $15,500 asking price, and where would you drive this blue behemoth?

Comments

  1. Ness

    I bought my 79 Lincoln Continental in 2006 with 47,000 miles for $3300. This one almost looks like a Bill Blass edition. If it’s rust free and the paint is original and still holds a shine, and it is some special edition, that would add to the price, but I don’t think $15000 will attract to many people. I think $8000 would be the top price if it’s really clean, but these wonderful cars just are not worth much, yet…

    • Joel

      I agree $8000 grand TOPS. Think they have been smoking too much BC bud.

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    • Keith

      There was no Bill Blass Edition with the Town Car in 1979 only with the 79 Mark V and the 1986-92 Mark VII

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  2. Chebby

    Price is 3X too high, and you want the 460 in these.

  3. Bmac Bmac Member

    Man this is what you call a boat. You aim it, not steer it. Older gentlemen down the street had one that was absolutely mint, offered it to me for 4500.00, (to big & to many buttons for me) ended up selling it for 4700.00 after trying for a year to get 5000.00. 70’s excess at it best

  4. Dave

    At today’s exchange rate, it’s $12234.15 USD

  5. Sam

    I remember EVERY realtor in our town having a variation of these town cars in the late 70’s. Our neighbor was a steel mill exec (Northwest Indiana) had a cornflower blue coupe.

    The indiginity of one local realtor (Coker, Leep and Miller) was that they had an 8 door Checker Marathon wagon that they used for “marketing” and to take realtors on weekly tours of new listings.

  6. JRATT1956

    I owned a 1981 TC in 1990. Much better then the 79, my Dad owned. It had the 5.0 was lighter, had 4 speed automatic and throttle body fuel injection. Better performance, better gas mileage and still had the big car ride. No way it is worth anything close to the asking price even with the exchange rate.

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  7. Milt

    The town ain’t big enough for this town car. What a boat!

  8. JACKinNWPA Jack NW PA Member

    I agree, great cruiser but even $ 8000.00 would be all the money. I also believe he means “Collector Series” indicated my the gold grill and emblems.

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  9. Jim smith

    Love my 2006 lincoln town car. It has 56000 miles on it and looks and drives like day one. I wouldn’t own anything else.

  10. VR LIVES

    My friend’s Mom went from a Datsun B210 to one of these. She never got the hang of driving a barge like the Town Car. That car was a frequent flier of the body shop because she drove by feel. It was an adventure every time we got into that cavernous backseat. It was best not look and just accept your fate. Good times.

  11. CCFisher

    Definitely a “Collector’s Series”. The gold grille and blanked-out sail panels are a dead giveaway, not to mention the “Collector’s Series” emblems. It’s hard to tell from the photos, but the wheels should have blue accents,as well. I see this one has the glass sunroof. Lincoln also offered a fixed, glass panel (moonroof) over the front seats like the Ford Skyliners before it and the Mustangs that came later.

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  12. Kevin

    It is from the Collector Series and need a 400 cubic. Maybe $4000.

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  13. Cargirl

    A very tiny little old man driving one of these almost cut me off in traffic recently. I wanted to be angry but the sight of that car in my rear view mirror made my day.

  14. steve r horswill

    Man I love these literate, amusing comments. Old man cruise ship, fo sho.

  15. Mitchell Swartz Sr

    I wanted one of these years ago and they sold for $1,500-$3,500 At Carlisle then. Wish I had bought one. Everyone thought I was crazy. The seats looked like a couple crushed velour couches, could comfortably seat six.

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  16. Stu

    You may want to check the trunk for a mummified human corpse before signing on the dotted line. I haven’t heard from Joey “Two Socks” in years.

    Like 2
  17. Ensign Pulver

    I had a 79 Town coupe….same size but less doors….diamond blue I think. The guy sold it to me by the pound. Even I who like big cars didn’t enjoy driving the coupe and would have preferred the sedan

  18. W9BAG

    I drove my employer’s ’78 for 3 years. Dove Grey leather, dove gray paint, loaded with everything, including 40 channel CB (!), and quadraphonic 8 track, but no sun roof. I actually found some 4 channel 8 tracks, and the stereo was awesome. 460. Pulled a trailer with TONS of lawn & garden equipment. It had over 200K miles; the timing chain and cam being it’s Achilles heel, both replaced. It was his WORK car. I detailed it to the “nines” ; no black top “pimples”, hand waxed with the finest carnauba wax; it looked like CRAP when he left to me. I removed most of the trim, cleaned it, and waxed the paint underneath. A truly GRAND Town Car ! Needless to say, he was quite pleased, and gave me a very hefty bonus ! Handled like a pig in mud, but, DAMN…in a straight line, it coddled you in comfort. Give me an all Black one. Cloth, please. Not leather.

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  19. David Miraglia

    always wanted one of these.

  20. Dt 1

    It’s like the equivalent of buying three smart cars

  21. John Deebank

    I had one for years. The kids loved it. My tiny wife managed to drive it with no problem. My car before that was an 86 Caddy so after driving that she got very good at it.Those 2 cars saw my kids grow from infant to aldulthood and used it in her wedding. Totaly in love
    with these. I’m 70 yrs old now. btw, I live in Canada.

  22. Zola

    What a character, a beautiful monster

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