30 Year Family Ownership: 1988 Lincoln Town Car

Guys With Rides is pleased to offer this 30-year family-owned 1988 Lincoln Town Car in a reserve-style online auction.

Bidding opened Wednesday, June 8, 2022, and continues until 3:00 PM Eastern Time Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

This 1988 Lincoln Town Car currently resides in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, less than one hour away from Philadelphia International Airport.

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Current Bid: $300

In 1981, Lincoln introduced the Town Car, consolidating the Continental and Continental Town Car into a single model line slotted below the Mark VI.

Largely similar to the 1980 Lincoln Continental, the Lincoln offered the Town Car as either a two-door or four-door sedan (the Town Coupe nameplate was discontinued). Largely overshadowed by its Mark VI counterpart, Lincoln discontinued the Town Car two-door for 1982. When Lincoln launched the Mark VII in 1984, Ford’s luxury division pared its full-size line down solely to the Town Car four-door sedan.

At the time of its launch, the Town Car had been slated for replacement by front-wheel-drive model lines (in anticipation of further volatility in fuel prices); as fuel prices began to stabilize, demand initially rose for the model line, leading Lincoln-Mercury to produce the Town Car through the 1980s with few visible changes. Over 200,000 were sold for 1988, the highest ever for the model line. However, this increase was mostly due to an extended 1988 Town Car model year which ran from March 1987 to October 1988 instead of the usual 12-month period. Conversely, the 1987 Town Car with its shortened model year only had sales of just over 76,000. Although remaining Lincoln’s top-selling model, calendar-year sales declined each year for the Town Car between 1986 and 1989. This decline was mostly blamed on its aging design and the increased popularity of the Continental which had been fully redesigned for 1988.

The 1980–1989 Lincoln Continental/Town Car utilized the Panther platform shared with Ford and Mercury. Delayed to the 1980 model year due to engineering issues, the Panther platform meant radically different exterior dimensions for the Lincoln models. Although extended three inches in wheelbase over its Ford/Mercury/Mark VI coupe counterparts, the 1980-1989 versions would have the shortest wheelbase ever used for a full-size Lincoln at the time (ten inches shorter than its 1979 predecessor). The 1980 Continental/Town Car was the shortest Lincoln since the Versailles. In the interest of fuel economy and handling, the Panther chassis reduced weight by up to 1400 pounds compared to the 1970-1979 full-size Lincolns. As the lightest full-size Lincoln in 40 years, the 1980 Continental/Town Car came within less than 200 pounds of the curb weight of the compact-sized Versailles. The new Panther platform meant reduced overall size, better suspension geometry, and upgraded power steering with a reduced turning diameter by over 8 feet (compared to the 1979 Lincoln Continental). For 1984, gas-pressurized shocks were added.

To achieve better Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) results, Ford discontinued the 400 and 460 big-block V8s in its full-size cars. In 1980, a 130 hp 4.9 L V8 (the 302 Windsor, marketed as a “5.0 L” V8) was the standard engine.  In 1986, the 302 V8 was revised to 150 horsepower, following a redesign of the fuel-injection system with the introduction of sequential multi-port fuel injection. These engines are identifiable by their cast aluminum upper intake manifolds with horizontal throttle bodies (vertical throttle plate); this replaced the traditional throttle body with a carburetor-style top-mounted air cleaner previously used. Introduced in the Lincoln Continental for 1980 and marketed in all Panther-platform vehicles in 1981, the Lincoln Town Car was equipped with the 4-speed AOD automatic overdrive transmission, the sole transmission of 1981-1989 examples.

The mother of the current caretaker became the second owner of this 1988 Lincoln Town in February 1992 when the car had only 29,335 miles.  Seven years later in 1999 after being involved in a minor accident with her Town Car, the mother decided to have the car repainted in her favorite shade of yellow, which remains on the car today. The mother continued to drive the car until her passing several years ago, at which time it was bequeathed to her daughter.  The daughter would like to find a new caretaker who will enjoy this Lincoln Town Car as much as her mother did.

The complimentary CarFax® below documents the car’s history since new, including the aforementioned minor accident in 1999.  To review the CarFax, please click on the picture below. When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return back to this listing:

Rudy personally completed a thorough pre-purchase inspection (“PPI”) of this 1988 Lincoln Town Car. To review the PPI, please click on the picture below. When finished, click on your browser’s back button to return back to this listing:

To help you make informed bids, we’re providing a link to Classic.com, the analytics and search engine for the Classic Car market, that provides an interactive graph of recent comparable sales in the past year. By clicking on the green dots, you can navigate to each comparable car sold as a way to help you make an educated bid on the car we are featuring for auction here:

If you have any questions about this 2000 Porsche Boxster Base, please leave a comment below or feel free to call Rudy directly at 877-468-6497.  Thank you for looking and happy bidding!

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  1. Steve Clinton

    TAXI!

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