1979 Lincoln Continental Collector's Series

Price: - Item location: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Lincoln
  • Model: Continental
  • SubModel: Collector's Series
  • Type: Sedan
  • Year: 1979
  • Mileage: 32,955
  • VIN: 000000000
  • Color: White
  • Engine size: 400 V8
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Blue
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1979 Lincoln Continental

Up for auction is a 1979 Lincoln Continental Collector's Series 4-door sedan. This is a one-owner vehicle with just under 33,000 miles. The car is white with blue cloth interior. It has been stored indoors most of its life and is in great condition. This car is powered by the Ford Cleveland 400 CID V8 engine with a 2-bbl carburetor.
Note: I am not the original owner of this Lincoln Continental. The original owner passed away recently and I am helping his daughter sell the car.
The Lincolnwas last licensed and driven somewhat regularlyby the ownerin 1996. It then sat idle until 2001 when his grandson drove it on his wedding day. Since then the car has remained in storage. I recently had the Lincoln in my possession for a couple of weeks to get the car cleaned up and ready to sell. Below is what I know about the car. At the end of the description are additional images. I've tried to capture every aspect of the car in the pictures so you know exactly what you are bidding on. I've you have specific questions or would like pictures of specific areas of the car, please contact me.
Features/options: Power windows, power locks, power seats, power moonroof, factory installed CB radio, 400 V8, Collector's Series toolkit.

Engine/drive train: It starts, runs and drives. It runs pretty smooth but could probably use a tune up, new plugs, wires, fuel filter, etc. Theacceleratorpumpwas leaking and recently replaced. The remaining parts of the carb rebuild kit are included. It has a fresh oil change. Thetransmissionseems to shift fine and the fluid looks good.

Cooling system: The heater core and radiator both had small leaks and have been replaced.

Brakes: I have not inspected the brake system but have driven the car about 5 miles and the brakes seem to work just fine.

Glass: All glass intact with no chips or cracks.

Paint/Body: The body is very straight with normal wear and tear such as rock chips on the front end and some below the body side trim, a couple very minor door dings on the driver's side. The car had been stored in a warehouse for many years. About 6 months ago, it was removed from storage and sent to a detailer. There are a few areas where the detailer got a little aggressive and buffed through the paint, specifically on plastic pieces between the bumpers and body and thetrim along the bottom of the vinyl top. The vinyl top is in good condition but has some minor staining in a few areas and in the crevices of the textured vinyl. Additional cleaning may remove the dirt within the crevices. I've tried to document all of the paint and vinyl flaws in the images below.

Tires: The tires look brand new but are at least 20 years old. I was unable to find a date code. They hold air and can be driven on but new tires are recommended. The spare tire appears to be the original.

Lights: All lights are functional along with the vacuum operated headlight doors.

Interior: The blue cloth interior is in excellent condition. There are no tears in the seats; the dash is not cracked.

Issues: Below is a list of issues the car currently has that I am aware of that will need to be addressed.

  • The climate control blower does not turn on. The wire connected to the blower is reading 12V on a multi-meter with turned on, so the motor must be frozen. Removal and repair/replacement will be required.
  • The AC is not operational. This may be due to low or no refrigerant present in the system. I have not had the system tested.
  • The moonroof is operable but needs a little manual assistance to get it to closed all the way. It opens fine.
  • The remote operator for the passenger side mirror moves the mirror up and down, but not side to side. It may need to be adjusted and/or lubricated.
  • The radio works but when switched to FM, the volume is very low. This may have to do with the CB radio, but I don't know how it works. I cannot test the 8-track player because I do not have an 8-track cassette.
  • The clock makes a noise and tries to move but doesn't. It acts as if there is a gear slipping inside.
More on the Collector's Series from Wikipedia....
To commemorate the final year of the fifth-generation Lincolns, which were the last "large" American sedans, Lincoln offered a Collector's Series as an option package for the Continental. Similar to its namesake option on the Continental Mark V, the Collector's Series offered virtually every available feature as standard equipment, raising the price to $16,500 ($53,888 in current dollars). Only four options were available: a power moonroof, 40-channel CB radio, "Sure-Track" anti-lock brakes, and a plush Kashmir velour interior; the price of a fully equipped Continental Collector's Series could exceed $18,000 ($58,787 in current dollars). There were only four colors available: dark blue, white and limited-issue medium blue (197 built) and light silver (125 built) with a dark-blue vinyl top.

On Nov-22-16 at 08:57:44 PST, seller added the following information:

Note: I had someone question the mileage of this car due to the paint blemishes and theappearanceof the engine compartment. It does in fact have 33,000 miles, not 133.000 as hesuggested. I've done my best to accurately describe the condition of the car as well as document everything with pictures. Please make sure to review the 12 auction pictures at the top of the page as well as those at the end of the description so you know exactly what you are bidding on. This car is not perfect, but is in great condition for being almost 40 year old.

On Nov-23-16 at 09:04:50 PST, seller added the following information:

I spoke with the owner's daughter today regarding the mileage. 33,000 miles is indeed accurate. The owner purchased the car new and drove it regularly for only 3-4 years. After that, the car was parked(around 1981-1982)at his place of business because, as a Collector's Series, he wanted to preserve it. Between then and when it was last licensed (1996) the car was only driven on specialoccasions.