Garage Openers Included: 1979 Lincoln Continental Collector’s Series – SOLD?

Jul 2020 | Craigslist ClassiFINDS, Malaise Monday

August 16th Update – While updating our past Malaise Monday listings, we verified the Craigslist post for this Lincoln expired, so with no replacement ad found, we’re calling this Continental “Sold!”

With full transparency, in 1979 Ford’s Lincoln Division openly communicated its 1980 models would be significantly downsized, so they hyped demand for the final year models with special Collector’s Editions such as this Dark Blue over Navy leather Collector’s Edition Continental posted on Craigslist in Emmaus, Pennsylvania with 89,000 original miles and an asking price of $14,500.   Judging by the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool this private seller has his Continental Sedan priced $200 below the current #2 “Excellent” estimate of $14,700 without factoring in a ten percent premium for the Collector’s Edition equipment.

To commemorate the end of production of the Lincoln Continental and Continental Mark V while denoting them as the final “traditional” full-size American sedans and coupes, Lincoln offered a Collector’s Series for both the Continental and Mark V in 1979. As with its Mark V counterpart, the Continental Collector’s Series was equipped with essentially every available feature as standard equipment. Only five options were available for the Collector’s Series: a power moonroof, 40-channel CB radio, “Sure-Track” anti-lock brakes, a plush Kashmir velour interior (in lieu of leather), and a custom Lincoln branded garage opener system (think of it as an early form of HomeLink automated system found in modern cars) which this example features.  The Continental Collector’s Series could reach $18,000 ($63,409 in current dollars) when fully equipped; within Ford Motor Company, it was only surpassed by its $22,000 Mark V Collector’s Series counterpart at the time.

Along with four options, the Continental Collector’s Series was produced in four colors: dark blue, white and limited-issue medium blue (197 built) and light silver (125 built) with a dark-blue vinyl top.  Sadly, for this final year the former standard 460 cubic inch V8 was no longer available and in its place was a 400 cubic inch mill producing only 159 SAE Net horsepower.

With what appears to be an excellent repaint and a thorough detail throughout by the seller, this last-of-the-Lincoln-Land-Yachts appears to be ready for transporting you and five others in comfort to your next car show or AACA Touring event.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s description:

“$14,500 This 1979 Lincoln Signature Series has been taken down to bare metal and re-painted. It has a beautiful paint job on it and all of the original documents, and tool kit, and even the original inspection sticker with the documents. This is a fully loaded Lincoln, it even comes with original lincoln garage door openers as pictured. A one of a kind car with color and leather combo. It runs great and everything works! Price is $14,500

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