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Wheels in the Grass

Filed under: You Auto Know

Lincoln Versailles, Tonawanda, N.Y.

Got a quick pic of this Lincoln Versailles sitting in a Tonawanda yard a couple of weeks back. When I returned to figure out what year it was from, it was gone. Doesn’t matter much. They were introduced for 1977 to counter Cadillac’s very successful Seville, but never really caught on. The Versailles was pretty much a gussied-up Ford Granada, and it didn’t fool many people. The ’77 Versailles stickered at $11,500. The Granada? With a starting price of $4,118 for the four-door… well, you do the math. The final Versailles appeared for the 1980 model year and hadn’t changed much in its four-year run. Just over 50,000 were produced over that time. In 1977 Cadillac produced over 45,000 Sevilles. Not hard to figure out why Ford threw in the towel.

'80 Versailles brochure photo

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know