Classic Cars

Pick of the Day: 1977 Lincoln Continental Town Car

The 1977 through 1979 model year Lincolns were among the longest automobiles ever produced by Ford Motor Company, due in part to the recent addition of federally-mandated 5-mph bumpers. Town Car sedans for those years became known as a “pillared hardtops.” In other words, they came with B-pillars but had frameless door glass. Here’s a perfect example:

The Pick of the Day is a 1977 Lincoln Continental Town Car listed for sale on by a private seller in Russellville, Arkansas. (Click the link to view the listing)

“Make some heads turn with this super rare black beauty!” the listing says. “All original, runs and drives as it should. Garage-kept, velour interior, protective plastic on the floor carpet.”

This black-on-black luxury sedan spans 233 inches in length, and therefore it commands attention everywhere it goes. The tinted windows create a sense of mystery surrounding who is driving (or being chauffeured) around – along with what kind of important business engagement or social activity they might be headed to. My favorite artifact shown on today’s Town Car is an orange sticker on the windshield from the Florida Highway Patrol dated March 1979; that piece of evidence adds validation to the seller’s assertion that the car remains largely original.

The Town Car name will forever be associated with executive transport: The model year range ran for about 30 years between 1981 and 2011, and the car served as the flagship trim level of the Continental for most of that lifespan. During the late 1970s, the Town Car’s body conveyed styling elements that were common among luxury cars of the era, such as hideaway headlights, whitewall tires, wire wheel covers, opera windows, and wheel skirts.

Regarding today’s feature car, the seller says, “Tires, top, dash, body, and paint are in excellent shape. All original miles.” The interior photos show the plush velour seating, upholstered door panels, generous woodgrain trim, and power convenience options. Even the sound system remains true to the time, consisting of an AM/FM stereo and a Quadrasonic eight-track tape player.

Any car of this size needs an equally large powerplant, and momentum for this luxo-sedan comes from a 460cid big-block V8 paired with a column-shifted C6 three-speed automatic transmission. The odometer shows 29,640 miles, which the seller says is true and original.

The asking price for this flagship 1970s luxury sedan is $25,900. Start shopping for an eight-track tape to along with it!

To view this listing on, see Pick of the Day.

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