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Weekend Edition – A Green 1971 Lincoln Continental on Craigslist; At least it’s not Brown…

Jim Brennan December 7, 2013 For Sale, Weekend Edition 43 Comments

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I seem to have been on the receiving end of fan criticism lately. A few weeks ago I was highlighting vehicles that appeared in the Facebook pages of , as well as . I really like these types of vehicles, and I know many of our fans also appreciate them. However, our name suggests that we should always run posts that are in the same vein as another site that has a similar name. If you like that type of content, go there. Otherwise, please enjoy the variety of opinions that this site seems to cultivate. With that diatribe out of the way, here is a great looking, Malaise Era Boat that calls central California it’s current home.


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According to the Craigslist Listing:

Lincoln celebrated their 50th Anniversary by introducing the Town Car Edition in 1971. Only 1500 of these cars were made, and over 1000 of those were painted the Anniversary Gold color, making this car, painted Dark Ivy Moondust Glamour Metallic, even more rare. Believed to be a one owner car from San Francisco, some documents to verify this are available. The mileage of 55,000 seems to be original. The car runs and drives well. New tires, shocks and brand new radiator recore. Interior is like new. Exterior shows some surface rust spots, but this would be an easy repair to make.

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Equipped with all power options, including: Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Dual Power Seats, Automatic Temperature Control, Power Antenna, Tilt Steering Wheel, Automatic Parking Brake Release, Cruise Control, Low Fuel Warning Light, Door Open Warning Light, Power Trunk Release, and 460 CI V8 Engine.

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Asking price for this rare Lincoln is $5,500, which seems rather reasonable. , or if the ad disappears, .

  • stigshift

    I had a '73 Continental coupe. I miss it. This Lincoln would help me get over it.

  • cruisintime

    Those old Lincolns rode like they were floating! Real comfort and superior ride ironed out the roughest roads.

  • Van_Sarockin

    Now that's a proper aircraft carrier! It's the right era, and looks to be in very good, original shape. Not really all that appropriate for the streets of SF, but it would be fantastic for weekend cruises. I had an uncle with a similar Mercury, and my signal memory was that the trunk was as big as our house.

  • That's exactly the sorta excessive, environmentally disastrous car that my quaint little village really doesn't need.
    Where do I sign?

    • ascandiuzzi

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  • mr smee

    God that's beautiful. From a time when car design could be considered on the same level as architecture. Now, car designers all seem to be former anime artists.

  • OA5599

    Another site with a similar name?

    I tried mooniverse, but it was just a collection of pictures of praksters exposing their buttocks.
    Duneiverse was devoted to that muddled Sting movie of the 80's.
    Tooniverse was an animated gif of Bugs Bunny sawing off Florida.
    Sooniverse had only an under construction banner.

    Which one was it?

    • You might try Pooniverse, but not from your work computer.

    • smokyburnout

      Ballooniverse? Zuneiverse?

      • Irishzombieman☆

        Babooniverse.

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      • Dibs on Ballooniverse.

        • Irishzombieman☆

          Bassooniverse!

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          Sorry. Had to us this picture.

          • Van_Sarockin

            Toosooniverse

    • Monsooniverse. Don't go there though, its a disaster.

      • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

        /facepalm

  • stigshift

  • skitter

    Hath not a Brougham displacement?
    Hath not a Brougham throttle, brakes, steering, seats, and highway speeds?
    Fueled with the same fossils, hindered by the same wind, weakened by the same rust, overheated and slothed by the same winter and summer as a Top Trump is?
    If you slide it, is it not hooned?
    If you scratch out, is it not hooned?
    If airborne, is it not hooned?
    If it is like them in the rest, it will resemble them in that.

    • Rover1

      Alas , I can up thumb thee but once only, which weighs down upon mine heart.

    • Van_Sarockin

      Doth the Brougham not bleed?
      Flowing ebullient green,
      Rampant upon the rancorous soil,
      In work and deed.
      As bumper meets bark,
      'neath what Heaven decreed?

    • Perhaps someone needs to find the value in being hooni-diverse.

      • Van_Sarockin

        A fair Hoon of verse, perchance to dream.

  • lilpoindexter

    I don't think 1971 was malaise era just yet…In my mind it would have started sometime around '73-'75 when big fat bumpers started coming out.

  • Rover1

    What happened to fender skirts?
    They lend a swoopy elegance to the lines that's almost futuristic.They must be more aerodynamic?
    Syd Mead certainly thought so.
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    • Sjalabais

      Fender skirts + moon disks = aerodynamic extravaganza.

      • smokyburnout

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        Yup
        (This car is no more)

        • Sjalabais

          Cool enough. What happened to this car? Speeding out of the milky way?

          I was very close to ordering moon disk hubs for my Honda Stream. But then I figured that driving an ultrarare car in my village, with attention grabbing hubs, would force me to always drive like a saint. I'm not that perfect.

          • smokyburnout

            It had a bit of a tumble.
            [ McJJeukIWSA ]
            Word on the forums is the driver is already looking for a shell to build another one

            • Sjalabais

              Incredible that a crash like that in a homebuild piece of Honda can be survived.

      • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

        Don't forget covered headlamps!

        If only the taillamps on this land yacht were sequential…OEM.

        It's easy to do, today! Yay!!!!!!!

    • I'm not familiar w/Syd Mead, but that reminds me of Bruce McCall's work (and also some of the stuff at …

      • UDman
        • Van_Sarockin

          Fellah makes a good point. A piece on Bruce McCall couldn't go wrong. He's reasonably local and might give an interview, or better..

          • Local to where?

            I wonder if McCall & Syd Mead ever crossed paths at Ford. McCall began his career as an illustrator for Ford, in Toronto, a few years before Mead started.

        • craigsu

          Something tells me the creator of Speedycop's G.L.C.O.A.T. might have been a Syd Mead fan.

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          Anybody know if it's run at LeMons yet?

          • It hasn't, nor is it likely to do so. The last I heard was that both Jay and Speedycop had reached the conclusion that it wasn't suitable for anything beyond perhaps some parade laps. Then again, Speedycop recently announced that he has entered into some sort of so far super-secret arrangement that he hopes will help with future builds, so who's to say whether G.L.C.O.A.T. may not yet roar to life.

  • Sjalabais

    Great colour, awful car. That is, I would totally drive it, if nobody sres me getting in or out of it. Incredibly cheap!

  • njhoon

    Good Gosh how I want one of these! Image the days before speed limits cruising to Vegas in this…

  • dukeisduke

    It would be right at home in any early '70s TV drama. In fact, Rock Hudson drove one in McMillan & Wife.

  • R Henry

    I spent quite a bit behind the wheel of one of these….metallic burnt orange exterior, white leather inside. Once my grandpa became uncomfortable driving at night, or outside his local area, he asked me to drive for him—I was only 16. Whenever we drove to family gatherings out of town for the holidays, I got captain duty for the two hour trip. Driving impressions: The car was spacious even with 6 adults. Trunk could hold more gifts than Santa's sleigh. It had a very unique speedometer. It didn't have a pointer…but as speed increased, the driver would observe what appeared to be a white field overtaking a black field,,,,from left to right…almost like a thermometer with white mercury…that moved right with the increase of speed. Horn was activated by depressing a rubber ring around the inside of the steering wheel. The horn was the most authoritative i ever heard. Power? The 460 moved the car effortlessly. Put you foot down, and it seemed to rev happily..and quietly—much more happily than you would expect from such a large displacement mill. The engine compartment was so large that the 460 had lots open space around it. This was the firs car I had ever seen that had intermittent wipers—very nice. With today's eyes, it seems almost preposterously large, but when i was driving it in the mid 1980's, it seemed just a very nice full sized car.

    • Irishzombieman☆

      I grew up in massive Chryslers of around this era and have driven a few Lincolns. It still amazes me just how quiet those giant engines are, especially when I've heard the same 460 in a redneck truck rattling windows a block away. I really miss the sensation of inertia these boats possessed.

    • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

      Yep, four horns on these beasts, just like the Cadillacs and large Mopar vehicles of the time.

      I scavenged a set of four from a salvage yard years ago. I've _gotta_ put them on the 2005 STS…with a switch for the OEM horns, so I can honk at morons with two different sounds.

      I'd like a set of these, though. Well, the electric version, which can be found. I think Fiamm makes a set, still.

  • NotJustDucky

    "Dark Ivy Moondust Glamour Metallic"

    Fitting, the name of the color is nearly as long as the car.

  • C³-Cool Cadillac Cat

    If it's in as good a shape as it appears, that's a SCREAMIN' deal for one of these.

    Pre-malaise, but all the land yacht goodness!

    Prepare your wallet for 8 MPG, though.