Topless Towncar: 1979 Lincoln Continental Four-Door Convertible – Sold?
May 5, 2021 Update – while this custom Lincoln “Classifind” expired recently, given the seller’s past history we suspect may not actually be sold yet. For now, we’re labeling this ride “Sold?” However, we will keep an eye out for an updated listing. In the interim, please reach out either by email or call Rudy directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
March 23, 2021 Update – After fooling us into thinking the seller found a buyer for their custom Simco ’79 Lincoln Town Car four-door convertible, the seller surprised us with a new listing using the same pictures but a price lowered by $5,500 to an even $10,000.
February 17, 2021 Update – we confirmed the seller of this “Classifind” deleted their listing, so we’re now able to assume this one “SOLD!”
Out of an impending fear the U.S. Federal Government would impose roll-over crash standards, throughout the early 1970s domestic manufacturers decreased their rag top offerings to the point that the 1976 Cadillac Eldorado famously marked “The Last American Convertible.” Demand for convertibles never went completely away and throughout the late 1970s, a cottage industry of coachbuilders converted a variety of cars to convertibles. While most of these conversions relied on two-door variants, we’re pleased to see someone thought out of the box and converted this 1979 Lincoln Continental Four-Dour originally listed in January 2021 and relisted in March on Craigslist in Madison, Illinois (Chicago) into a Land Yacht drop-top. Appearing to be a driver-quality example, the current caretaker is asking $15,500 for their very rare ride. Comparing that price against the Hagerty Insurance Online Valuation Tool for a stock example confirms the private seller has their Lincoln priced between this guide’s #2 “Excellent” estimate of $14,700 and its #1 “Concours” appraisal of $25,500. The private seller expects the rarity of this car to offset the condition to justify the premium price. Time will tell whether that holds true.
While Lincoln’s execution of its 1960s vintage four-door convertible was one of the cleanest top-down designs ever created, this coach-built 1970s version looks much better with its top stowed. This vintage of four-door Lincoln was a pillared sedan, so, when the top is raised, it appears you need to insert removable panels between the front and rear windows. Also, the top stack when lowered does not fit neatly below the body lines of the car. So what: it’s a four-door Lincoln Continental convertible that will likely be the only one when you see wherever you drive it!
Here’s the seller’s description:
“Very rare Lincoln Town Car Convertible
4 door convertible
Stored for many years
Runs and drives great, NEW tires just installed, carpet and seat belts in box go with the car.
Some scrapes and dents on front drivers fender. Not bad
Leather is excellent
$15500 PARTIAL TRADE FOR MID SIXTIES CADILLAC CONVERTIBLE
Restore or drive as-is: what would you do with this rare Lincoln? Comment below and let us know!