Although some people adhere to that size, it doesn’t matter, the interior space offered by today’s Nice price or no dice Town Car proves that sometimes bigger can be better. Let’s decide if the price of this stylish Lincoln is also the right size.
We watched one of Nicholas Cage’s former motorcycles last Friday, a 1999 Ducati ST4 sport tourer that the thespian had repainted a non-factory orange. The bike was in excellent condition and sported a clean title (with Cage’s original pink slip included in the deal) for just $3,500. It’s commendable that many of you commented that you thought that price was a deal even without the Cage connection. In the end it came up with a whopping 88 percent Nice Price profit, Cage and all.
In a conversation of friends who recently had taken a cruise through the Panama Canal, I learned that there are cruise ships in use today that are too large for the channel. The term for that size of a ship is “post-Panamax”, and those are the types of ships that are literally cities on the sea, completely with different neighborhoods†
as a cruise ships have gotten bigger over the years, our cars that drive on the highway have gotten smaller. These days, if you want something with plenty of room to spread out and a suitcase that can handle more than a day’s worth of bags, you need to step into the SUV realm. Or you can delve into the used car market for something like this 1994 Lincoln Town Car sedan†
The Town Car name started out as a model of the Continental in the 1950s and was occasionally used that way the following year. It replaced the Continental nameplate in the mid-’80s with the arrival of the Panther-based and newly scaled-down edition. That model continued the stern rectilinear styling of the earlier, larger edition, but when the time came for a redesign in the 1990s, Ford gave the car a smoother, more aerodynamic shape, albeit still with the traditional Rolls-up style. aping grille.
Engine options were also significantly improved with this edition, giving the old 302 CID Windsor its ‘walking papers’ instead of Ford’s new 4.6-litre SOHC Modular V8. In this ‘94 Edition, which produced a Thoroughly Modern Millie engine of 210 horsepower and was backed by a smooth-shifting four-speed automatic transmission.
Some cool features on this car include the fluorescent display gauge cluster, wide front seats with split benches, and plenty of faux wood trim. It’s a unique mix of old school and modern, and it all works a lot better than the later, much rounder Town Cars.
This one has only done 102,000 miles over the years and, apart from some unfortunate scratches on the bumper corners, seems to have held up pretty well. The current red metallic paint still pops out and the factory alloys appear curb-free, wearing beautiful Bridgestone tires with white walls. The only trim showing any problem is the right front corner lamp/turn signal with a broken lens. I imagine there are still plenty of these big beasts making their way through the scrap heap that finding a replacement wouldn’t be that hard.
Inside there are acres of gray leather and vinyl and a certain inviting atmosphere. Nothing seems to be wrong here and the car is new enough to carry both driver and front passenger airbags, and to run R134 in the aircon.
According to the ad, the Lincoln has been well maintained over the course of its life and is currently in what the seller “excellent condition.” It also has both a clean title and an up-to-date registration, as well as Ford’s beautiful SecuriCode keypad lock system. What is such an intriguing package worth?
According to the ad, the asking price is $7,500. Does that seem like a fair deal going into town? Or is that too much for a car that might not make it through the Panama Canal?
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