Wheels in the Grass
by Jim Corbran - posted 8:57 pm, July 5, 2010
If you were with us a couple of weeks ago, you may remember the pair of 1962 Imperials I spotted on a Springville, N.Y. roadside. This 1977 Lincoln Continental Town Car was sitting on the side of the building at the same lot. In 1977 there were two models of the Continental (not counting the Mark V coupe, which was an entirely different car): the Lincoln Continental coupe, and the sedan; and two option packages, which were called the Town Coupe, and Town Car (four-door). This is back in the day when a full-sized luxury car was really full-sized! The wheelbase was 127.2 inches, and the overall length was 233 inches — seven feet longer than a 2010 Mini Cooper. Buying a car in 1977, it was wise to take it home first and make sure it fit in your driveway/garage! The ’77 Continental four-door listed for $9,636.
Moving up to the Town Car got you: special exterior badging (you can spot in on the Town car’s lower front fender); full vinyl roof with coach lamps; “loose pillow” appearing seat trim; carpeted trunk; unique interior door panels; and leather seating surfaces. A total of 68,160 four-doors were produced for the 1977 model year, and the car’s appearance didn’t change much until 1980 when the line was downsized.
— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know