So much to say about such a beautiful car!
First of all, let’s pinpoint the year. The Rolls Royce-inspired grille made its appearance for the 1977 model year, and this full-size generation of Lincoln was retired at the end of the 1979 model year – when they were downsized from 233 inches in length (that’s more than 5.9 meters!) to a “mere” 219 inches, with corresponding shrinkage in width, height, weight, etc.
Then, the 1977 models carry over the same dashboard as the 1970+ Continentals, which was unique to this vehicle. For 1978, the dashboard was a luxury version of the one found on the Mercury Marquis. I couldn’t take a nice picture of the interior due to exposure, but it did feature the 1978-1979 dashboard and its very distinctive speedometer and glove-box cut-out. Now, in 1979, the appliqué on the dashboard was changed from brushed aluminium and faux-wood to an all faux-wood finish. This car also featured this particularity.
Also of note were the (original) owner’s initials on the front doors – always classy – and the coach roof and opera windows specific to the Town Car package.
So, in consequence, we can say without too much doubt that this is a 1979! This was the very last year for the full-size Lincolns, and the very last time an American luxury car of this stature was available to customers : Cadillac had downsized in 1977, Chrysler in 1978. For that last year, still, the brand made some compromises: the huge 7.5L V8 was dropped and buyers had to make do with a “small” 6.6L V8 making a tepid 159hp. It did make enough torque though to put this 5.000 pounds vehicle into motion. Fuel economy was around 8 or 9 MPG in the city…
Be sure to check out the other cars we found on the streets of Montréal (and Westmount!) on our Flickr feed, linked just below!