By on January 18, 2012

It’s the height of hypocrisy: calling Autoblog out for a questionable piece of auction-related salesmanship and then recommending, no, BEGGING that you check out an auction in this article. Don’t worry: like all hypocrites, we have our excuses lined up…

Excuse #1: the auction has already ended. We can’t claim to have no interest in this auction: we had plenty of interest. But we don’t know the seller and, regrettably, don’t know the buyer. So that’s covered.

Excuse #2: as Lincoln prepares to reinvent itself on smooth-rumped Fusion variants and a laser-like focus on a limited number of customers, we think it’s time for everyone to remember what a Lincoln used to be: a big-ass, bad-assed sedan which announced its presence on the street a mile away and couldn’t be mistaken for anything else on the road. (Except, just maybe, a Grand Marquis. Or a New Yorker. Or an Imperial. But you get the idea.)

Perhaps you aren’t convinced by this butter-smooth big coupe. Perhaps you need to twist that cool knob up a bit. Well, here you go:

This auction is still going. But consider this: Why would rappers worry for a single moment about Maybach’s demise when they can roll in this kind of steel? No tarted-up Benz taxi has ever had this kind of presence. Hell, a Phantom barely has it covered, and the Continental has genuine menace the Phantom will never possess. Forty years ago, these cars were driven by men who would slit a competitor’s throat without blinking… and we aren’t talking about some pansy-assed business metaphor.

Don’t get me wrong. I personally like the Lincoln MKS, and I’m a happy owner of a 2009 Town Car… but it doesn’t take more than a few glances at that ’72 to see that the menace, the stance, the magic has been lost. Bring it back, fellows. We shouldn’t need eBay to tell us “what a luxury car should be.”

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31 Comments on “Now It Is TTAC’s Turn To Recommend An Auction…...”

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    “What a luxury car should be!”

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    Back in the late 90’s, I bought a 1975 Cadillac Coupe DeVille off a Prison guard in Negaunee Michigan for the sum of $500. I was king of ‘cool mountain’ back on campus (Michigan Tech) until a friend from Grand Rapids showed up one weekend with a ’74 Lincoln continental which he paid almost TWICE the amount I did… $800 (and it showed).

    We had our favorite strip of flat / straight road just outside the town of Chassel that would substitute as an impromptu drag strip. In the end, the 4 door Lincoln and it’s “smaller” 460 cubic inch V8 could just slightly pull away from the massive 500 cubes of the Cadillac. However, we all reveled in amazement that my two-door Cadillac was a good six inches longer overall than the Lincoln.

    In my love for big heavy RWD Detroit Iron, I replaced the Caddy after graduation with a 1996 Impala SS. Sure it was fun, but it just wasn’t the same as the DeVille. I miss the old girl terribly and wish I would have taken more photos, ala ‘Phil style.

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    Ooooohhhhh… a reskinned Ford LTD with extra bling-bling.

    The only reason that this would attract interest is the relative rarity. The ’70’s weren’t a great time to go car-shopping and this is one of the reasons why.

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    Raised white letter tires on a 70s luxury car is a huge faux pas. Obviously whoever restored this is too young to understand the era.

    Subtract 10k from the sell-price. Or change to medium-wide whitewalls ASAP!

    Oddly, one of the pics shows the proper tires…

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    You guys need to start an Intervention Lincoln series. Clearly there are other brands in need of same (see Acura), but with all the Panther love around here it’s clearly near and dear to the heart. I may not get it entirely, but I approve.

    A friends father had an old dark green Continental when we were young, far and away the most beautiful classic I was exposed to as a youth. Was eventually stolen and crashed, killing the “John Kennedy” (actually true fact) who stole it.

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    I get nauseous just thinking about riding in these wallowing ’70s bling-buses. Ugh.

    • 0 avatar

      I had several in my family growing up (mostly 60’s vehicles actually), horrendously dangerous and worst of era handling. Classic US metal is really the only segment that validates the resto-mod concept, which is a testament to their styling but nothing else. I’m relying on this wonderfully anonymous internet thingie to save me from the threats of stabbing that sentiment is likely to inspire.

      • 0 avatar
        Jack Baruth

        Having recently driven about fifteen hundred miles in a 1976 Cadillac Talisman, I didn’t find it to be dangerous or difficult to drive in modern conditions. In fact, it was a much better fit for what is expected of American drivers nowadays (drive slowly, look forward at the road at all times) than, say, an S63 AMG.

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        I suppose I should add, “at modern highway or back road speeds.” I agree that they might actually be superior slow speed cruisers, or even acceptable in a fast straight line so long as you aren’t trying to stop. My point was more that I always notice the lack of modern brakes etc…when I’m rarely left feeling that way with smaller imports.

      • 0 avatar
        George B

        My family had several USS Impalas in our fleet of cars. I think everyone liked the 1970 Impala. The 1974 was bigger with more power assist, but both Impalas were nice cars on the highway.

    • 0 avatar

      The reason you got car sick in these Lincolns was because you were a little kid with ADHD ricocheting around the crushed velour padded interiors. The men behind the wheels of these road crafts didn’t lose their lunches.

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    This car just screams “I don’t give a shit about gas prices” and thumbs a nose at all who demand 53 mpg CAFE.

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    You ask what rappers should roll in now that Maybach is kaput? This!!

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    For those not going to the eBay page: The last photo shows a ’72 (it’s the one with the buy-it-now price of $12,995 if you want to see the whole sequence of photos); the first two photos are the much less elegant ’78-’79 model with the ridiculous filigree on the edge of the trunklid. The ’72 was the best of the 1970-79 run, being the first year of full-length bright edge molding on the tops of the fenders, the last year of nonfederalized bumpers, and (like all the ’70 to ’74 non-Town Car Continentals) tuck-and-roll upholstery, with the wonderfully comfortable high-backed rear seat on both sedans and coupes.

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    Felis Concolor

    I can already hear the quiet “whoosh” you get from these monsters when you crack open the throttles and feel myself sinking into the seats courtesy of the bottomless well of torque provided by a smoothly running big block V8. It’s a shame I didn’t have one of these to ferry Ito-san around during the convention weekend, as it’s a far better representation of what he really wanted to ride in than the VC ever was.

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    Department of Shameless Shilling and Self-Promotion:

    I did a piece for TTAC on big Lincolns last summer. There are more pics of the same cars over at Cars In Depth.

    This one was my favorite of the ’70s. I agree with gottacook that the earlier ’70s Lincolns were better looking cars, but from about ’72 on, the 5 mph bumper laws made good styling difficult for a while.

    I don’t know if it had any impact on the design of the new MKZ, but the Lincoln design team did get to see some genuinely iconic Continental’s this summer when the three Ford family Mark IIs and Barry Wolk’s Mark II convertible were on display at Ford headquarters last summer.

    • 0 avatar

      RS: That photo of a blue 2-door from your site is actually a 1973 model; there are really only a few minor differences from the ’72: the front bumper is roughly the same shape as the 1970-72 but protrudes a bit more and has taller vertical bars (below the corners of the grille), and “Continental” is now in block letters atop the grille (instead of being in script, combined with “Lincoln” in block letters, over the headlamp door). The huge front bumpers that started appearing on nearly all Ford products in ’73 (including the Mark IV) weren’t seen on the Continental until the ’74 model year, when the rear bumper rule took effect. It’s remarkable how much totally useless knowledge I seem to have retained from my newly-licensed-driver, 29-cent-gas years…

      • 0 avatar

        I keep having to tell myself to shut up before a real expert talks. You say something at a car show and right away someone who really knows the marque clues you in. OTOH, I’ve had car owners tell me stuff that I know is 100% bovine excrement about their cars.

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    I expect to see a cigar smoking Guido the Neck to emerge from a BIG Lincoln or Caddy.

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    Educator(of teachers)Dan

    Ahem, the price is TOO DAMN HIGH on your auction. For the money I’d much rather have this one. (I have enough in the savings but I’m getting married in July.) Last week there was a late 70s Town Car on eBay for about $5000 and it was just as nice or nicer than the auction Jack picked out. God now I’m getting the itch for monster US Iron Sleds again.

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    Big Eldorados are surprisingly affordable. I always thought the early to mid 1970s Eldo was the quintessential big American boat.

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    I’ve always had a bit of a thing for the Mark III’s – they have a “sporty” look about them if that’s possible, and a bit of a “western” flavor as well, which I really can’t explain. Envision a wealthy cattle baron in a Mark III wearing a well-worn straw cowboy hat storming down a dirt road on his ranch and you get the general idea…seems like a car old ‘Shel would drive when not driving one of his namesake Mustangs or Cobras.

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      You mean this guy?

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    For any of the ’70s tuna boats, you have to figure into the total price replacing the brakes with discs all around. As has been pointed out, these cars were big and heavy, and the typical 15″/16″ wheels didn’t allow for very big drums. The wallow everyone remembers from the back seat could be tightened considerably by a suspension shop that knows what it’s doing, too. I’d recommend both for any ’70s Lincoln. That doesn’t obviate Jack’s recommended driving style. Remember, these are stately beasts meant to be observed with awe by passersby, in a slow motion processional. You should drive one like you’re in no hurry, above all common concerns, and leave the double-time marches to the rat race afflicted.

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    Felis Concolor

    Jack, I stand in awe of your layered writing; it took me hours to realize you had included carefully concealed criticism of George Lucas in this article, and shortly before the release of his latest motion picture.

    After all, it is true very few take the Phantom Menace seriously.

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