Like New Land Yacht: 1976 Lincoln Continental 35K Mile Survivor – SOLD!

Jun 2020 | Classifinds, Malaise Monday

July 16th Update – While updating our past Malaise Monday listings, we confirmed the private seller deleted their Craigslist post, so we’re calling this Lincoln “Sold!”

We never cease to be amazed at the low-mileage, Lincoln time capsules we come across almost weekly.  The latest example on Craigslist in Alton, New York is this 35K original mile Lincoln Continental Town Car the private seller is currently asking $14,500 for, which relying on the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool as a guide shows the current caretaker has his car priced $900 less than the current #2 “Excellent” appraisal of $15,400. 

For the 1970 model year, Lincoln introduced the fifth-generation Lincoln Continental. Building on the success of the Mark III introduced the year before, Lincoln sought to modernize the Continental for the 1970s after a nine-year production run of its understated suicide door predecessor. Then after five years on the market, for the 1975 model year Lincoln made an extensive revision to the Continental what coincided with the introduction of the Mercury Grand Marquis. Lincoln and Mercury sought to better visually differentiate their two flagship model lines, in spite of their mechanical commonality. As part of the revision, the Lincoln Continental was able to adopt a greater degree of styling commonality with the Continental Mark IV. For 1975, the exterior of the Lincoln Continental underwent a major revision. Although the body below the beltline saw only minor change with the taillights redesigned with vertical units, the roofline was completely restyled. To separate itself from the Mark IV, the two-door Continental/Town Coupe adopted a fully pillared roofline with a square opera window in the C-pillar. In place of the pillared hardtop shared with the Mercury Marquis and Ford LTD, the four-door Continental/Town Car adopted a wide B-pillar; to distinguish itself from the Cadillac Sixty Special Brougham; Town Cars were given the oval opera window introduced on the Mark IV. Along with the styling upgrades, 1975 Lincolns received substantial upgrades to the braking system. Designed by Bendix, the Lincoln Continental became one of the first American luxury cars equipped with an optional 4-wheel disc brake system. To further improve the emissions performance of the 460 V8, the engine was fitted with catalytic converters, ending its compatibility with leaded regular gasoline.  For 1976, the exterior remained essentially the same as the year before (marking the first carryover styling year for Lincoln since 1963). In an effort to price the Continental more competitively, Lincoln deleted a number of previously-standard features, making them extra cost options.

Based on the pictures provided, we’re impressed with the like-new quality of this 35K original mile Lincoln, so we’d love to hear more details of how the caretakers to date managed to keep this car in this condition.  The only cosmetic flaw, the worn vinyl top, is in the process of being replaced. Once complete, this Lincoln will make a great combination Touring and Preservation Class participant in the Antique Automobile Club of America (“AACA”).  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“1976 Lincoln Continental. 35,000 original miles. This car is unbelievably clean and nearly all original. It does have a updated audio system with all JL audio components. This car has been very well maintained and runs and drives perfect. The underside is also very clean. It will be having a new vinyl top installed prior to being sold.

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