1976 Lincoln Town Coupe
Fitted with the largest remaining big block American V8, this Mark V Continental’s 460 cu in (7.5L) 4V engine was now relegated to an option, rather than being the standard powerplant. The large engine necessitated the long hood, which carried the body lines into the low roofline and terminating at the corners of the short rear deck – accentuating the car’s regal appearance. Other design cues that made their debut with the Mark V included a new grille, concealed dual headlamps, functional louvers behind the front wheels, opera windows, and vertically-oriented tail lamps. The standard options for the Continental were extensive and are as follows: Select-Shift automatic transmission, power brakes front disc/rear drum, power steering, power windows, automatic temperature control air conditioning, cornering lamps, Cartier-signed digital timepiece, Deluxe wheel covers, AM/FM radio with power antenna, cut-pile carpeting, trip odometer, two-spoke steering wheel, Deluxe color-keyed seat and shoulder belts, parking brake with automatic release, door closing assist straps, ash tray, courtesy lights located on the front door, rear pillar, glovebox, trunk, and under dash, headlamps-on warning buzzer, and automatic seat back release. Town variants received additional options such as coach lamps, power vent windows, six-way power seats, leather seating surfaces with the “loose pillow” look, carpeted luggage compartment and spare tire cover, unique quarter and upper door trim panels, as well as Town script.
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