Snowbird Luxury: 1998 Lincoln Town Car – Sold?
January 13, 2022 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
The world of snowbirds is an interesting one for a few reasons, but the most intriguing aspect of their worry-free lives is the low-mileage creampuff vehicles they almost never use. This 1998 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series was originally listed in December 2021 on Craigslist in Ft. Meyers, Florida is an excellent example of this phenomenon, as it has just 52,000 miles from new and is listed with an asking price of $10,000. Comparing this price against the NADA Price Guide confirms this private seller has his Town Car survivor priced above the “High” valuation of $8,250, but not by much
If you’ve happened to catch the initial episodes of the new drama The Mayor of Kingstown, you’ll note that the protagonist in the story regularly beats his final-edition Town Car to hell and back on a routine basis. What’s always funny to me about the Town Car is that as much as it was consistently marketed as this cushy, swanky ultimate expression of American luxury and opulence, it was just at home being a battering ram for your local livery company. They’re still visible on New York City streets, and there’s still no doubt that very few modern cars could withstand the torture of NYC traffic quite like a Town Car or Crown Victoria can. So, yes, it’s undoubtedly a luxury car, but it’s an incredibly tough one at that.
The Motorweek Retro Review YouTube Channel features a road test of a similar 1998 Lincoln Town Car when new:
The seller claims that he himself is a snowbird who purchased this Town Car from an elderly owner that apparently put very few miles on it, as the odometer reads quite low for the year. This Signature Series sedan is loaded up with the landau roof, leather seats, wood trim, air ride suspension, and full power features. The seller reports it has been in Florida since new and it certainly has the appearance of a car that has never seen a northern winter. The seller curiously mentions he would consider trading for an Audi R8, which is an ambitious ask given even a really nice Town Car still doesn’t approach the price tag of an average condition Audi R8. Regardless of his swap aspirations, the seller is correct that this does look like a creampuff example and is worth the asking price, if for no other reason than you could drive this for the next 20 years and put next to no money in it for maintenance. Good luck with the purchase if you take this well-preserved Town Car home.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“1998 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series ( 52 000 Original Recorded Miles ). 2nd Owner ( Old Retired Lady ) Then Me Which was only used as summer car ( Snowbirds ) Clean Title No Liens. Us Southern Florida whole life Car No 0 Rust No Paint Defects Perfect Shape Body has No Dents. Fully Loaded. White Leather Interior in Like New. Air Ride Suspension And All Mechanical items Working Immaculate. Signature Series With Vinyl Top ( Still Original, No Tears, No Rips Perfect ) For Sale Only No Trades No Shipping Cash Or Certified Bank Cheque Only. Will Trade for Audi R8.“
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