For The Same Price As A Kia Rio, You Could Have This

Find me a Kia with that much character.

We found this beautiful beast for sale on a Kia lot recently. Saying that it’s the nicest car on the lot was certainly an understatement. But let’s look a little closer.

Sure, it might take ten minutes to walk around it…

The car is listed for sale in good — but far from perfect — condition at $9500. The salesman says there is a minor leak surrounding the water pump, and there is evidence of a bit of bondo repair-work on the front fenders; so let’s say it needs a bit of work invested into it.
A Kia Rio starts at about C$15,900. For your fifteen grand, you get a tiny econobox that, let’s face it, will be disposable. In five years, you’ll throw it away, or give it to your niece, or try and sell it to that kid heading off to college who lives two blocks over.
Or, for the same price, you could buy this, and sink six grand into a new paint job and some engine work. The interior is in decent shape, but would eventually need a bit of refreshing. None of this is crucial, and much of the work could be done yourself with a bit of time and care. But more importantly, you’d have a car that, five years from now, you’d be even more proud of than you are on the day you buy it.
Doesn’t that seem like a better investment? Oh, and did we mention, it’s better for the environment too? Who would think that a huge, V8-engined land yacht like this could actually be better for the environment than a Rio? But it’s true. The Rio has to use resources from the planet to be manufactured. The Lincoln has already been manufactured, so the longer you keep it running, the kinder you are to your planet.
Love your planet. Save the Lincoln.

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36 responses to “For The Same Price As A Kia Rio, You Could Have This”

  1. TurboBrick Avatar

    Plus you won't have to pass half the stuff they require from newer cars in safety inspections AND you're saving money by being exempt from emission testing! How can you not love that!

  2. Deartháir Avatar

    Does that qualify as a light shade of "P*ssy Magnet Yellow"?

    1. Ruthless if u let me Avatar

      I am sure it pulled plenty of tail back in it's day. Hell, with the a little time, like you mention in the post, it could return to former glory and probably pull better than before…

  3. joshuman Avatar

    "Love your planet. Save the Lincoln."
    That just became my new Intensedebate (spoken with clenched teeth in a Kira Knightly style) description.

  4. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

    Despite what you may see on the rumps of many a Kia on that very lot, the only vehicle there with any soul is that Lincoln.

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      Hahaha. Did you notice the tags?

      1. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

        Eh, not so much. Well, it was worth repeating, dammit!

  5. Buickboy92 Avatar

    My, my what a gorgeous Lincoln. many cars today don't have soul like this one.

  6. Tomsk Avatar

    <img src="; width="304" height="512" />
    Best. Trade in. Ever.

    1. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

      For the dealership and prospective used car buyer, yes. For the numbnuts that's now driving around in a Sonata, not really.

      1. Tomsk Avatar

        Right, unless the person who brought it in lumps cars in with refrigerators ad washing machines. In that case everybody's happy.

        1. soo΄pәr-bādd75 Avatar

          You do have a point. It's so hard to look at cars like that, though.

    2. From_a_Buick_6 Avatar

      Worst. Trade-in. Ever.
      There. Fixed it for ya. Seriously, what kind of crazed individual trades in a car this awesome for a new anything, let alone a Kia?

      1. CptSevere Avatar

        Hey, it could be worse. At least it wasn't Clunked, although it wasn't eligible for that indignation. Yeah, I agree. Whoever put this fine purebreed in the pound deserves to drive a washing machine.

  7. Alff Avatar

    I especially like the bit about doing much of the work yourself. As I get older, I find that the more affection I have for a vehicle, the more willing I am to work on it. With the Kia, I'd take more pride in being the one responsible for it being recycled into chinese refrigerators.

  8. Beatnikid Avatar

    Covered in snow, surrounded by unimaginative boxes with no visible cancer?! That's a true diamond in the rough. $9500 though is a bit much for my wallet though. I can dig it though.

  9. highmileage_v1 Avatar

    Nice sled. Wow, snow in BC! Quick, send it to Whistler!

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      No, I'm from BC, but live in Alberta. Mostly against my will.

      1. highmileage_v1 Avatar

        Ah. Some nice things come from Alberta, I got my Gremlin in Edmonton! $500, couldn't lose on that deal.

  10. CptSevere Avatar

    You know, that argument is the same one I used on my hippie roommate about ten years ago, defending the fact that I drive a truck built during the Johnson Administration. I took basically a lawn monument and got it back on the road using a rebuilt engine (recycled!). Shut the arrogant little bastard right up. Not too long ago the Tucson lefty throwaway weekly paper had a column calling all truck owners assholes, lumping lifted, overblown "'burb truck" and H2 owners in with people like me, scolding truck owners for not driving shitboxes instead. I was about to write a scathing letter outlining this argument, but figured they'd never print it, so I didn't bother. Screw 'em.

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      Printing an article like that in Alberta would get you shot, and they'd never find your body.
      Mostly because none of the police would bother to look for it.

      1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

        Around here, I reckon we'd take a peaceful approach.
        And by "we", I don't mean "truck owners", who would probably write back and be applauded by much of the county. And I certainly don't mean "penis-compensating bro truck owners", who are likely to bash in your mailbox and throw their empty Bud cans in your driveway.
        But then you bash in their mailbox and life goes on. I respect the work truck.

  11. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

    I would have thought that a Kia dealership was the last place to find a car such as this… in the fact that I don't understand how the buyer of this car would possibly now be shopping for a Kia. All I can come up with is that maybe the Lincoln was a daily driver for a grandparent who passed away, and some grandkid who then got the car now traded it in. At least that's what I want to believe, because thinking that someone traded this in for a Kia just kills me.
    Sadly, I'm not sure what owner this will go to either, but I'm hoping for the best.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      The dealer's website shows 7 cars older than I am – I'd wager the used car manager goes out of his way to find older stuff at the auctions, possibly to bring in different clients than an average Kia dealership. Then again, I don't know if there's anything to be interpreted from the stock numbers.

      1. Age_of_Aerostar Avatar

        That's cool to know that it's not a one off then….. not sure why, but it makes me feel better.

  12. muthalovin Avatar

    But all the advertisements to the left and right tell me to buy KIA KIA KIA! I am confused.

  13. Buickboy92 Avatar

    Does anyone know where this Lincoln is located?

    1. Deartháir Avatar

      West Edmonton Kia. Why, want it? I'd be happy to serve as a go-between. I might even be talked into a road trip to deliver it. 😉

      1. Buickboy92 Avatar

        I do, but sadly I don't have the funds at the moments 🙁 Maybe They'll keep it around for awhile though.

  14. JeepyJayhawk Avatar

    That boat looks like it's waiting to haunt someone's dreams…

  15. Kogashiwa Avatar

    I approve of this ecological philosophy.

  16. engineerd Avatar

    Hmmmm…it has 4 doors…

  17. Goingincirclez Avatar

    Looks like a 1957 Lincoln Capri. Yes, Capri – a name that's been kicked around like a stepchild at FoMoCo for decades.
    The Capri was introduced in 1952 to compete with Cadillac's flagship Series 62… but by 1956 was considered a downmarket "entry level" luxury car, and also available with 2-doors. Personally, I find the 4-door more attractive and interesting. Also the "downmarket" models to me look far more luxurious; the earlier models are almost dowdy and too sedate. But even though the downmarket pricing was successful in increasing sales, the last year for the Capri was 1959.
    You certainly don't see many of these in any condition. Personally I'm not generally a fan of stacked headlight Lincolns, but this one pulls it off better than the contemporary Premiere. It's a beautiful car! And should not be subjected to the indignity of Kia dealership.

    1. 312E12 Avatar

      it is a 1958. First year for 4 headlights

      1. FuzzyPlushroom Avatar

        Oh no, I assure you that's a '57. '56-57 body style, and quads were first legal (in many places) for '57. (Everywhere in '58, which is why '57 Fords had single headlights and '58s had quads.) The '58-60 Lincoln/Continental was a hideous monstrosity with slanted headlights.
        I think this '57 is damn classy, but I'm not sure I'd take it over a two-light '56.

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