1980 Lincoln Continental
It's human nature to want to feel special and unique, and we all choose personal accessories, like clothing and jewelry, that we feel reflect our taste. Those with the means to do so often treat automobiles as personal accessories, and in the 1980s, Lincoln's bold 4 door Continentals were sought by those with discretionary income and expressive taste.
The Mark VI had more ornate styling than the Town Car, befitting its place on top of the model line. It sported vacuum-operated concealed headlamps, non-functional fender vents, oval opera windows on the C-pillars, a "Continental-esque" trunk lid, and a slightly different grille. The Mark VI also was one of the first cars seen with several features commonly seen today; it came with the all-new Keyless Entry System, digital instrumentation (VFD), and trip computer. Also, it was the first year for the EEC III engine management system which kept fuel economy high and emissions low, an industry first.
Butternut respray adorns this mile long 4 door squared off design luxury car, and a padded slightly darker landau top, framing the rear door, with “B” pillar lighting, and an oval “C' pillar opera window. The long, long hood presents straight and true, and is fronted by the concealed vacuum operated headlamps. These flank a chrome grille with chrome trim and a Lincoln star hood ornament, which is reminiscent of the classic luxury cars like the Rolls-Royce. Stainless wide rocker trim runs from front to rear fender, adding bling to the bottom of this car. In the rear are 2 vertical Cadillac-esque tail lights, along with the “spare” tire Continental trunk lid. Chrome and stainless are in good condition. Wire wheel covers are seen on all 4 corners.
A swing of any door reveals an amalgamation of many materials that come together to create a luxurious entry to your pillowed environment of the passenger compartment (or should I say apartment?!) Wood veneer, molded plastic, vinyl, chrome, and thick carpet ultimately make up just the door panel which is reminiscent of the personalization available with this luxury automobile. Miles of tufted, padded, and pillowed fabric come together for the interior seating, which have the ability to mold to any human form via a litany of toggles, buttons and joysticks to aid in you getting it “just right” baby bear. Fronting all this padding is a wood grained dash which has enough controls on it to keep a 757 pilot busy, and includes a trip odometer, and digital dash, something not seen before this model. Even the headlight knob offers a dizzying array of choices for your control.
Befitting to the aforementioned luxury, this car comes equipped with a 351ci Ford Windsor engine which as consigner states has been rebuilt. It resides in a fairly clean and original engine bay and is surrounded by all the trappings of convenience powering such as air conditioning, power steering, and power brakes. Attached to the rear of the Windsor is an overdrive transmission undergoing the rebuild the same time as the engine.
A few spots of surface rust are seen otherwise it's a fairly unscathed landscape underneath. Rockers look good, as do floor pans, toe plates and gas tank areas. Only rust related concern is in the driver's side rear door, as invasive rust is seen at the bottom of the door.
As the latest consigner states, he owned the car for 21 years, and it was always garage kept, maintained, and has underwent some rebuilding of key mechanical components, as well as a recent full service. If you are looking for a luxurious, tasteful and nicely preserved piece of Detroit iron, look here, but don't sit too long, you may fall asleep!