1976 Lincoln Continental Town Coupé: The Fleet is In

1976 Lincoln ContinentalThis is class circa the disco years. Not Tony Manero class – more like Rocky’s mobster boss or Ted Baxter. Twenty-two feet of deliciously tacky yellow and tan. I loved and hated these cars – so cushy and quiet and floaty, but so ponderous and grotesquely overwrought. Bench seats and column shifters make up for a lot when it’s date night, I can tell you that.
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1987 Ford Mustang GT: What to test drive

When your friend Fred has a friend Fred who sells cars in Paw Paw or some other little wide spot in the road near the highway. It’s not like anything will get weird on a test drive.
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Maturity can be fleeting, but fortunately it self-triggered when coming into some curves a bit too hot, and also when car salesman Fred suggests you turn over the keys to actual potential buyer Fred.
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Merkur XR4Ti: It’s like…

Naming your son after your Scottish clan Elmer Fudd – or in this case creating a dork brand with a clunky name to sell your domesticated European models (because who would ever buy a “Ford Sierra”). Maybe they should have borrowed a gratuitous umlaut from Nikki Sixx. Merkür? Nah, still bad. The car is great, despite the nominal handicap. Otherworldly good looks. Crazy (for the mid-1980s) bits like fog lights in the bumper, no grille,  and the bi-plane spoiler. A turbo after they stopped blowing up but before everybody and their dog had one.
Merkur xr4tiWe’ve seen this exact car before, 5 years ago on the other side of town.  Met the owner. Nice guy; loves the car. No, I couldn’t have a quick test drive.
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