Hooniverse Malaise-O-Rama Weekend – A Couple of Big Lincolns.


On this Sunday edition of the the Hooniverse Malaise-O-Rama weekend I thought we would start with the king of the Malaise era barges, the Lincoln Town Car. A confession before we go further… I almost bought a 1979 Town Car but purchased a 1980 Mustang instead….. I should have bought the Town Car. Anyway here is a pair of large Lincolns, a Town Car, and a Town Coupe Convertible conversion….


The first car is a 1979 Town Car Sedan with a little over 20,000 miles. It’s in the same shade of Red as the Town Car I wanted so long ago, with your typical eye searing red interior. As with any car of this era it has all the typical styling excesses one would expect from the late 70s, from the upright Rolls Royce style grill, to the full vinyl roof with oval opera windows. With all the excess, it is actually quite restrained, buy it goes all to hell once you step inside.

The velour upholstery is a bit much, and the car would actually work better with the optional leather seating surfaces. However, there is a very 70’s option installed in the dash…. An AM FM CB radio. If you look closely on the dash, the digital clock is a Cartier. No where else would you find a CB radio and a Cartier clock.

Current bidding on this Lincoln Town Car is at $12,108, and look here…. the reserve has been met. See the eBay listing here.

Our next Lincoln used to be a Town Coupe, but is one of 50 Convertible Conversions by the coach building firm of AHA Manufacturing, Ltd. of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. These convertible conversions were very well engineered, taking fully loaded Town Coupes, and merging convertible components Ford once produced for their early 70s Mercury and Ford convertibles.

Again, the color choices are perfect for a late 70s cruiser; Bright Red over White. Makes you want to buy a closet full of white shoes… According to the listing:

1979 LINCOLN TOWN COUPE CONVERTIBLE, VERY RARE, 1 OF 50, ALL POWER OPTIONS, ONLY 4998 ORIGINAL MILES! ONE OWNER, ORIGINAL TITLE, PLEASE DONT DRAG YOUR FEET, THESE CARS ARE VERY HARD TO FIND


This car has a Buy-It-Now price of $39,500. See the eBay listing here.

So which of these two Lincoln would you choose to cruise down to Ft. Lauderdale on your way to the retirement community?

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  1. tonyola Avatar
    tonyola

    Blech. Neither. To me, the '75-'79 Lincolns are a long way down in style from previous cars and are a great example of how Ford went wrong in the '70s. If you want one of these cars, it's better to stick with the '75-'77 models. They had their own unique dashboard with some real gauges (see picture). Lincoln did some cheapening for 1978, like using the basic Ford/Mercury dash as clearly seen on the convertible.
    <img src="http://i55.tinypic.com/2aifuyp.jpg&quot; width=400>

  2. scoutdude Avatar
    scoutdude

    I'll take the Town Convert for sure but it is a little overpriced. Gotta love the white leather.

  3. Van Sarockin Avatar
    Van Sarockin

    Crazy pricing, but I'd have to with the peeled back coupe. Cause that's how I roll. Besides the other has just too much monochrome and crushed velour. It'd make my powder blue polyester tux jealous.

  4. Black Steelies Avatar

    Saw one of these parked on the street riding to church this morning. It was a few blocks away but that front end is unmistakable.

  5. jjd241 Avatar

    Gotta have those red lazyboy seats. Wallow your way to the grand buffet after bingo, but be sure to get home in time for Matlock!

  6. Joe Btfsplk Avatar
    Joe Btfsplk

    They get the same MPG as a motorhome……….

    1. tonyola Avatar
      tonyola

      About the same handling and performance, too, especially if there's a 159-horsepower 400 under the hood instead of a 460.

  7. raphaelinberlin Avatar
    raphaelinberlin

    what happened to the 'stang, Jim?

  8. facelvega Avatar
    facelvega

    AHA Manufacturing, as in "AHA, that's what body flex feels like!"

    1. LTDScott Avatar

      Body on frame, probably wouldn't be too horrible.

    2. tonyola Avatar
      tonyola

      AHA is a well-respected firm in business since the end of the 1940s, and they have done extensive contract, special project, and prototype work for Ford since 1949. They also have been a major maker of limousines, convertibles, and funeral cars for decades. If anyone can make a solid convertible out of a '70s Lincoln, they can.

      1. facelvega Avatar
        facelvega

        It's an interesting question, I've just poked into it a little. Apparently when Andy Hotton was still running the show and the firm was in Detroit, the quality was indeed very good. However, after the 1976 move to Ontario under the new owner, quality began to slide. Maybe 79 is close enough to the move date to have been fine. Also, in the archive section of the A.H.A. website, I see mention that the Lincoln convertible conversion did include some welded-in reinforcements. Still, the car was flexible enough in its stock form that I can't imagine the conversion did it any favors, even if they were done well.

  9. njhoon Avatar
    njhoon

    If your going t go big, go all the way – The Sedan. These things had/have the best highway ride, like riding your living room down the road.

  10. junkman Avatar
    junkman

    Ironically, I was at a collector car auction last Saturday and ended up bringing home a '79 Town Coupe because it was too cheap not to. A true period beauty in deep red with black vinyl demi-roof and pillowy black leather interior. The in-dash eight track player and Cartier clock work perfectly and were a source of amazement to our kids. We floated it down the road for two hundred miles the first three days we had it in perfect, mind-numbing comfort.

    1. jjd241 Avatar

      Must…post…pix!

  11. Rollo Grande Avatar
    Rollo Grande

    I remember this line from a "future collectibles" article on these beasts: "Most 400-equipped Continentals put in 100,000 hard-stressed miles and die" while the 460 was originally designed as a truck engine and can durably handle their bulk. I think the 400 was a gas-crunch false-economy move.

  12. Andre Sorrentino Avatar
    Andre Sorrentino

    Looking for a low mile town car convertible

  13. Derf Avatar
    Derf

    I have a 78 TC convertiblelike the one pictured …..I love it….but can't find anyone willing to work on the convertible top… it needs a major work through… It goes up and down….well it goes down lol have to help it up.Nobody seems to know anything about it or where it came from… I would like to replace the top completely. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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