13 Replies to “1997 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series: Family Car, Found!”

  1. AvatarJohn C.

    It is great to read a romance/ detective/old car story.

    I am in agreement with you on people telling you the parentage of your luxury vehicle. In 2000, I had a Jaguar S type with those new long service intervals. So I decided to have an extra one done at jiffy lube. It had the Duratech V6. The guy that meets me first goes out of his way to tell me it was a Ford. Then he shockingly announces that Jaguar have special oil filters and if I wanted an oil change there, I would have to bring him a filter. He was quite deflated and I laughed all the way home. Apparently not enough of a Ford.

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    • AvatarAnthony Gucciardo

      Yes people love to hate on certain luxury cars… great story. I also had a V-8 S type and absolutely loved that car. Jags are great

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      • AvatarJohn C.

        I should have got the V8 too. The V6 had enough power (240hp) but you had to rev it to get there and the sound was more strained than a V8 or a proper inline 6 would have been. The V8 also had the 6 speed ZF auto, which was much better than the Ford 5 speed auto (required a rebuild at 27k) in mine. So many of them are kind of ghetto fabulous now, but the S type were really quite the looker when they came out. Also loved the bird’s eye maple trim, which the Ford masters were willing to slather all over.

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        • AvatarAnthony

          Couldn’t agree with you more. unfortunately they are a ghetto car now. you see them all pimped out with poor suspension and usually repainted but back in the day they were definitely a looker

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  2. AvatarDanny

    Were there a few rare/desirable color combos for Town Cars of this vintage? I almost always see them in white or burgundy, but they would look really sharp in a dark green or even something like the Lavender Frost available on Nissans of the same era..

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  3. Avatarsafe as milk

    thank you for sharing some details of your personal life. i love the way you thought through all the scenarios and managed to doggedly achieve your goal.

    funny that you mentioned gloversville. i spent a month their in 1989 working on an independent film. (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102616/) i remember us shooting a scene at a small amusement park that overlooked a lake in the mountains. if i ever wanted to “get lost,” that’s where i’d go.

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  4. Avatarstingray65

    Very good story – boy meets car, boys loses car, man gets car back and on his way to happily ever after. After a happy experience with a new Rolls, it says a lot about the 20 year old Lincoln that you still enjoy driving it. I suspect an awful lot of those 65+ year olds paying $50-100K for the 60s Mustang or Camaro that they dreamed about when they were 16 are disappointed with the actual experience of driving a car that likely has no A/C, no power steering, primitive suspension and brakes, 10 to 15 mpg, and can be beaten at the stoplight by a 4 cylinder 2018 Camry.

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    • AvatarAnthony

      Yes 20 years later the town car is still a great car to drive. It still has enough luxury where you don’t feel like your missing out.

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  5. Avatarmantis2073

    Appreciate the story Anthony.

    In 2001 I was auditing a local Ford dealer’s books to get to the bottom of an embezzlement scheme. I was there for a couple of months and saw a ’97 Town Car just like yours pull up outside. It belonged to the dealership, so I asked the owner if he would mind if I took it home for the night and he threw me the keys. I managed to park it in my garage that evening and my cat, who loved to jump on warm car hoods, made the leap and pronounced it the Party Deck. I remember the car being more than a little bit floaty on the hilly roads that I drove it over that night, but I didn’t care as this was my kind of car just like it is for you.

    If you ever want to complete the package, I have a ’97 Toreador Red Mark VIII with a dingless body, the original air ride that still works flawlessly and only 71K on the clock. The blend door currently does not work, of course, and the neon in the back is out, but those are minor inconveniences to be able to drive a car like this. Pacific NW car, so no rust. It isn’t for sale, but I could be persuaded by someone that appreciates them as much as I do.

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    • AvatarAnthony

      I’m all set with my cars for now but thank you for the offer. A lot of people I’ve spoken with have stories about these cars.

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  6. Avatardejal

    That trunk is magnificent.

    The gods of aero have destroyed all that. I believe aero is the reason why SUV rule these days. You make the trunk lids so small that people just say “Bye” and move to SUVs. Doesn’t matter how many cubic feet of trunk space there is if the opening is a joke.

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  7. AvatarJeff Zekas

    Agree with your statement, “I think a love of a certain car has something to do with your childhood and memories that you associate with a particular vehicle.” What this means: when all the old guys die, the prices go down. My adult kids have no interest in Porsche 911’s from the sixties (the car which I idolized back in school) but they DO like old Acura Integras and Toyota Supras and, of course, Jeeps.

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