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Wheels In The Grass

'78 Lincoln Continental, Lewiston, N.Y.

This 1978 Lincoln Continental is really in the grass. Or at least it was when I snapped this photo while passing through the Tuscarora Indian Nation a little while back (it has since disappeared — the car, that is). You can see how wide the car is when you compare it to that random bumper that’s lying behind it — whatever it’s from looks to be about 80 percent narrower. The Continental in 1978 came in only two models: a two-door coupe and this four-door sedan — both riding a Queen Mary-like 127.2 inch wheelbase. That made for a smooth, comfy ride, but it sure didn’t help when it came to parallel parking! Two-door pricing started at $9,974 while two more doors would set you back about a hundred bucks per door. You had no choice when it came to the engine; the 460 CID V-8 powered all of the full-sized Continentals in 1978 — much to OPEC’s delight!

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know