Junkyard Treasure: 1978 Lincoln Continental Community Auto

Prior To Ford downsized the Continental for 1980 as well as made the Town Car a separate model for 1981, the largest as well as plushest brand-new car in the Dearborn cosmos was the magnificentContinental Town Car Right here’s one from 1978, the second-to-last version year of the two-and-a-half-ton Continental Community Auto, located in wonderful problem in a Denver vehicle graveyard last month.

This vehicle turned out of the Lincoln display room packed, with the landau-style “Train Roofing” as well as practically every extra alternative.

Base rate on the 1978 Continental with the Community Auto bundle began at $11,606(regarding $48,350 in 2020 bucks), yet this vehicle price much even more than that. A brand-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class set you back far better than two times as much that year (as well as it was worth it), yet you still needed to be a sturdy high-roller to acquire a brand-new ’78 Community Auto.

The base engine in the 1978 Continental was a 400- cubic-inch (6.6-liter) V8 making a grim 166 horse power, a really dreadful proportion of 25.2 horse power per litre of variation (torque pertained to a decent 319 lb-ft, though). If the brand-new Navigator obtained 25.2 equines for each and every litre in its turbo V6, it would certainly have a simple 88 horse power to carry its virtually 3 bunches, as opposed to the 450 equines that 21 st-century engine modern technology offers us.

Fortunately with this vehicle is that it featured the optional 460- cubic-inch (7.5-liter) V8, ranked at 210 horse power as well as 357 lb-ft. That sufficed to obtain this vehicle’s 4,660 extra pounds relocating all right. Still simply 28 equines per litre, yet a considerable upgrade.

These vehicles weren’t regarding efficiency. They had to do with a quiet, comfy flight as well as poofy seats that ingested you in velour convenience.

When did Detroit quit making these pillow-top seats?

As well as opera lights?

As well as trendy “coffin-handle” door draws?

Yes, also the cord wheels (a $333 alternative, or $1,385 today) remained on this vehicle to the actual end.

Why obtain a Rolls-Royce when you might have this, the grille of this leviathan appears to ask us.

Though it continued to be in excellent problem when it got here in its last garage, a Malaise Era Continental car simply isn’t worth a lot in the lover globe. Also a 1978 Mark V in wonderful form would certainly be hard-pressed to discover a permanently home nowadays.

At the very least it had an opportunity to see the Norman Rockwell Museum in Massachusetts prior to completion.

In what pertained to resemble an extremely clever relocation by Ford, taking into account certain geopolitical events in 1979, the Panther-based 1980 Continentals considered virtually a half-ton much less than this vehicle. They shed a great deal of existence when they lost that mass.

Ford downsized its land luxury yachts a little behind GM, as well as accentuated the heft of the last big Continentals in the marketing.

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