Once upon a time, diesel luxury sedans weren’t just the domain of Mercedes-Benz. If you wanted a pokey, smokey oil-burning barge, you had the option of Cadillac, as well. And for 1,500 lucky customers, there was even a Lincoln.
For a brief moment in time, Lincoln loyalists could get a diesel powered Continental – but it wasn’t just any diesel mill. This one was a BMW straight-six, and only 1500 examples were ever produced, for just one year only. The 2.4L I6 was shared with the BMW 524td, and made 115 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque – not exactly thrilling numbers for 1984, let alone any era.
The example shown here has just 150,000 miles and about $12,000 sunk into it – likely the cleanest example we’ll see in some time. With new upholstery, a revamped air suspension and no rust, diehard fans of the Fox Contis may even want to consider it, just for the overall state of the car (even if it doesn’t have the usual 302 Windsor).