Pick of the Day: 1975 Lincoln Continental Mark IV

If an analog clock in a classic car is broken, does that make the car timeless? Discuss amongst yourselves. The car in question comes from a long-term estate and looks like a mid-1970s time capsule.

The Pick of the Day is a 1975 Lincoln Continental Mark IV listed for sale on ClassicCars.com by a private seller in Toronto, Ontario. (Click the link to view the listing)

“A true all-original survivor car, never restored, but in like-new condition! Purchased in Windsor in 1975 by the original owner who babied the car for 44 years until his passing at 93 in 2019. His daughter subsequently sold the car,” the listing states.

The Continental name bears a lengthy history with Ford Motor Company, initially coming to life in 1939 as a coach-built one-off personal luxury vehicle for Edsel Ford. Since that time, the Continental has been produced in ten different generations and finally set sail into the sunset just recently in 2020.

Today’s example comes from the Continental’s fifth generation which debuted in model year 1970 sharing underpinnings with the chassis of its siblings, the Ford LTD and the Mercury Marquis. The following years, the design changed slightly to adapt to regulations requiring 5-mph bumpers beginning in 1973. A much larger refresh took place in 1975 with a new roofline, vertical taillights, and different trim. One of the most characteristic features of the fifth-generation Continental was its unmistakable vacuum-powered hideaway headlamps which remained through the duration.

The listing states that this Continental was garage-kept long-term and was rust-proofed when new (an important thing to consider for a car living in Canada). The silver exterior is complemented by a matching vinyl top, and the interior is dressed in burgundy leather along with the requisite 1970s luxury treatment like automatic climate control, cruise control, reading lights, a Philco stereo, woodgrain trim, and multiple ash trays (it was the 1970s, after all!).

A big luxo-cruiser like this needs ample power to get up to speed, so a big-block 460cid V8 does the hard work to make it happen. Power is fed rearward through a three-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. Good news here: The seller notes that maintenance is up to date, including a recent tune-up, replacement spark plugs, and a rebuilt carburetor.

“This luxury cruiser is a dream to drive and a pleasure to behold,” the listing reads. “A true classic.”

The asking price is $20,900 or best offer for this Continental, which seems like a fair deal for a garage-kept beauty — even if its clock stopped keeping time long ago.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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