About Lincoln Town Car
The Lincoln Town Car is a series of full-size luxury cars sold by the Lincoln division. The Town Car is sold almost exclusively as a four-door sedan. And many are used by fleets and owners. From 1983 to 2011, the Lincoln Town Car was Ford's longest-produced vehicle in the world. And from 1997 to 2011, it was the longest-selling vehicle in North America. Although the Lincoln MKS is not a direct predecessor, it was the longest-lived American sedan until 2016. In 1959, Lincoln added two official sedans to the Continental model lineup, the Lincoln Town Car and Sedan. Both new cars were columnar in design, and the interiors featured ample viscose and leather upholstery and deep carpeting. There were no optional extras. The interior had a glass wall between the front and rear seats.
In 1970, the name returned as an option with leather seats and deeper carpets. In 1971, Lincoln celebrated its 50th anniversary with the Lincoln Town Car Golden Anniversary Limited Edition. In 1972, it was launched as a sub-model of the Lincoln Continental. Nearly all models have a vinyl roof in the rear, with the option of full upholstery. Above the roof is a raised railing mounted from a B-pillar on which interior lighting is mounted. In 1973, Lincoln launched a two-door version of the Continental Town Car. The Town Coupe had a vinyl roof as standard equipment like the Lincoln Town Car. When Lincoln redesigned the roof in 1975, it retained the oval windows from the Mark IV Coupe and gained a large rectangular window. It became the success of the division and Lincoln's most popular car of the 1970s.
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In 1981, the Lincoln model range initiated a restructuring of Ford's three divisions that lasted several years. The Continental was withdrawn from production in 1981. And Lincoln converted it to a mid-size in 1982. In 1984, Mark VII left the large car segment. And the Mark line moved to another market segment. A year later, Lincoln changed its model designation after the large models became significantly smaller. Lincoln had only six nearly identical cars since the compact Versailles was no longer in production. The two-door model was largely replaced by the Mark VI, and production ended in 1982. When the Mark VII was introduced in 1984, Lincoln reduced its range of large models to the four-door Lincoln Town Car.
When the model was introduced, it was intended to be replaced by a front-wheel-drive model. When fuel prices began to stabilize, demand for this model increased, so Lincoln-Mercury continued to produce the Lincoln Town Car without visible changes well into the 1980s. In 1988, more than 200,000 cars were sold, the highest sales figure for this model line. However, this increase was largely due to the 1988 model year being extended from March 1987 to October 1988. In contrast, the shortened 1987 model recorded sales of just over 76,000 city cars. The 1980 Continental/City Car was Lincoln's shortest model since Versailles. The Panther's chassis weight was reduced by nearly 1,400 kg compared to the larger 1970-1979 Lincolns to save fuel and improve handling. The 1980 Town Car was the lightest full-size Lincoln in 40 years, weighing 200 kg less than the compact Versailles. Thanks to the new Panther chassis, the car's dimensions were reduced. The suspension geometry was improved. The power steering was improved, and the turning radius was reduced by more than a meter. Gas valves were added in 1984.