Junkyard Gem: 1986 Lincoln Town Car

Ford’s Lincoln Division applied the City Motor vehicle identify (originally the Anglicized title for a coupé de ville horse-drawn carriage) to new automobiles commencing with the 1959 Continental, but it was not until finally the 1981 design year that the Town Automobile grew to become a Lincoln design in its individual correct (earlier Town Cars and trucks had been Continentals). These boxy, sharp-edged Town Cars and trucks were being built throughout the remainder of the 1980s and bought properly, but they are practically extinct now. Here is one particular of all those automobiles, identified in a Denver-spot self-company lawn not long ago.

The Town Car or truck was designed from the 1981 by means of 2011 product years, with a complete redesign for 1990 that stored the same chassis but included a significantly less angular system and rear air suspension. In 1998, the Town Car or truck acquired the entire “whale” entire body treatment method observed on its Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis siblings, and creation of that version continued until eventually the conclude. In China, Hongqi developed a model badged as the CA7460 Qijian.

All 1981-2011 City Automobiles lived on the adaptable and strong system-on-frame Panther platform. For a 1970s design, the Panther stayed suitable for a astonishingly prolonged time.

This car was intently connected to the Ford LTD Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis, not to point out the Continental Mark VI.

The inside is full of “wood-tone appliqués” and the gauges arrive straight from mid-1970s Lincoln-Mercury goods.

These “twin ease and comfort lounge” seats had been just as cozy as they appear listed here, and the Approximately Velour™ fabric just wants a cleaning to be in like-new problem. Of system, the optional Cartier package deal had substantially classier upholstery.

You may locate 1 in each vehicle. You are going to see.

Every 1980s City Motor vehicle experienced some kind of padded vinyl roof as normal tools.

This roof has not fared perfectly beneath the Colorado solar.

It’s a shame that opera lights have long gone out of style.

Just about every 1981-1990 City Car acquired a 302-cubic-inch (5.-liter) Windsor V8 beneath the hood. 1986 was the 1st 12 months that electronic gas injection changed carburetors in the Town Car or truck this engine was rated at 150 horsepower and 270 pound-toes.

The jarring mashup of typefaces on the HVAC and radio controls of mid-1980s Fords normally makes me uncomfortable.

This car or truck has the optional “wire-style” hubcaps, which charge an extra $341 (about $920 in 2022 bucks). A number of flavors of aluminum wheels were out there on the ’86 Town Automobile, but no accurate wire wheels.

The MSRP on this vehicle was $20,764, or about $56,130 today. The Cartier Edition would set you back $25,235 ($68,215 now).

What replaced the Town Vehicle? Trucks.

Prosperous folks at the valet stand argued endlessly over identical-seeking Cadillacs, Oldsmobiles, and Buicks, according to this professional. The 1986 LTD Crown Victoria and Town Motor vehicle seemed fairly very similar to each individual other, of system.

They’re dealin’ City Autos in Cell!

No speculate about 91,000 Cadillac homeowners have switched to Lincoln in the final five decades (perhaps the Cimarron and V8-6-4 engine experienced something to do with that).

Even while the Panther Town Autos have been smaller and lighter than their significant predecessors, they even now rode like waterbeds.