Picture Time: What the Hell Happened to This Town Car?

Corey Lewis
by Corey Lewis
picture time what the hell happened to this town car

Browsing on The Facebook recently presented me with an astonishing feat of custom bodywork, one I felt compelled to share in a very special Custom Edition Picture Time Edition of Custom.

It’s a one-off modification of a 2006 Lincoln Town Car, and you need to see it.

The original owner of this masterpiece was apparently a former attorney general (who undoubtedly had a home full of priceless crystal and gold leaf antiques).

That owner obviously hankered for days gone by, where one could purchase a grand Packard in the finest tradition of luxury and craftsmanship.

So, he decided he would modify a Town Car, purchased from his local Lincoln-Mercury showroom, and create the thing we see here. Modifications both front and rear have… occurred. It’s important to keep in mind the amount of money spent on this custom fabrication.

According to the listing on Detroit’s Craigslist, it’s a one-off “Signature L Special Edition Packard Series,” and only two of the words in that designation are real things: the Signature and the L (for long-wheelbase).

Interior modifications are fewer, and include a Packard placard on the dash and a horrible embroidered Girl Scout badge Packard logo on the wheel.

The seller is asking $8,000 firm, which is not the adjective I’d use to describe his logic.

I can’t.

Edit: H/t to commenter Dal20402, who dug up some information on the former attorney general owner in question.

[Images via seller]

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  • Alff Alff on Dec 04, 2017

    That landau would look so much better in Louis Vuitton print. He really cut corners here.

  • WildcatMatt WildcatMatt on Dec 27, 2017

    The overall silhouette is hideous, but I respect a lot of what they were trying to do. The hood protrusion sticks out too far and I think the grille tilt does a lot to throw it off. It didn't work on the Rolls-Royce Camargue and it doesn't work here. And yeah, if you're going to go this far, having a proper Continental kit out back is very necessary. The paint and rear fender treatment is actually kind of cool though, and this is the first recent car with a non-formal roofline that I've seen that I think manages to pull off the landau top.

  • KOKing That base hybrid system must be something other than the normal Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive, since that uses the two electric motors as the ('CVT') transmission without a separate transmission of any kind.
  • Analoggrotto Too much of the exterior is shared with the Grand Highlander. Toyota/Lexus is clearly over extended here as this was rushed in direct response to the Kia Telluride which has decimated RX sales. Lexus was not such a major offender of just changing the front and rear end caps on a lesser Toyota model (this worked for LX / Land Cruiser as the latter is already expensive) but for such a mass market vehicle, buyers will notice and may just go to Toyota (or Kia) for their big SUV.
  • Crtfour I'm a BOF SUV fan. In my opinion it's certainly not a looker (but what is these days). But it does look the part and should be great off road. Plus kudos to Toyota for retaining actual shift levers. So I give it a thumbs up.
  • Theflyersfan UX Hybrid, NX, NX Hybrid, NX Plug-In Hybrid EV, RZ, RX, RX Hybrid, RX 500h, GX, LX, and now the TX. (source: the bloated section of the Lexus SUV site) It's looking like the Taco Bell menu over there - the same dozen ingredients mixed around to make a lineup. I'm waiting for something like the WX to compete with the Chevy Trax and maybe the LXXXL to compete with the Hummer EV and maybe a four row crossover in 2025 and a lower-cased line like the rx or nx to compete with the German CUV-"coupes" and their slashed tops and cargo areas. C'mon Lexus, there are more micro-niches to be filled! Gather your boardroom committees together and come up with another plan! And careless parent alert: shouldn't that kid be in a booster seat? I mean in my age, we sat in the way back of station wagons on the flat floor and bounced around with every curve, but these days you gotta deck your kid out in 50 pounds of pads and bubble wrap before they leave the driveway, so get that child seat in the way back right now!
  • 28-Cars-Later Nice minivan, just add the sliding doors and quit living in denial.