dan0
dan0 Reader
10/13/17 9:51 a.m.

So I'll start with this, I usually hate when sellers add this because a lot of the times what they are saying isn't that rare. But I think I got a little something here. Almost all the Lincolns of this generation I see have two things, a vinyl rooftop and opera windows in the back. This Continental is a solid roof (no vinyl) and no opera windows. Which is why I always liked it a lot. So I'm sorry for saying rare in the description... 

It was purchased new by a distant family member, he passed away a couple years after buying it, his wife didn't like driving it. She sold it to a Uncle, and he stored it in a barn for years until he wanted to sell it. My dad bought it in the mid-90's and drove it from 7500 miles to what it has on it  around 120k I think. He stopped driving it in 2000 when he got a new car. It was stored in his garage, then I took it to my house and it has been in my garage. It's a project I don't see myself finishing .

It needs the trunk fixed and replacement trim in the back. Someone at a stop sign behind us started to go and it being an SUV put the height square at trunk and light panel. The trunk is disconnected now so it can be worked on. There is some rust around the rear wheel wells. Seat belt and driver's window need work but parts are included. It hasn't been run in a few years so all the work associated with that as well. It is a project, but could likely be made a runner without too much work. 

I see values for these range a lot lately and can't find a similar "project" level vehicle. Most are restorations or clean untouched cars and I've seen cars listed anywhere from $5000 to $20,000.

This is from Hagerty, so needing work it is below a #4 right now. I'm looking to get $3200 for it. 

Current pictures getting added over the weekend. 
 

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Carsandbikes
Carsandbikes
10/16/17 10:10 a.m.

Looking in The Encyclopedia of American Cars at 79 Continentals shows a Bill Blass designer edition that had a vinyl roof but no opera windows... but no opera windows must be a unicorn of sorts. 

Is there some reason why you aren't mentioning the color of the inside or outside?  To some buyers that could be important.

dan0
dan0 Reader
10/16/17 5:39 p.m.

I meant to get pictures over the weekend to show it.

Silver exterior, black leather interior. 

dan0
dan0 Reader
11/6/17 1:14 p.m.

Some of these pictures are a few year old but nothing really has changed since then. It does not have things piled on it like when it was still at my parents house. 

 

http://42green.com/random/79lincoln/

dan0
dan0 Reader
11/8/17 8:35 p.m.

Most recent photos

Not bad from 10 feet away. Restore or clean it up some and drive it. 

dan0
dan0 Reader
1/1/18 4:11 p.m.

Hoping to sell this in the next month. I'd like to get the garage space back. In the meantime I may try getting some work done on it . 

dan0
dan0 Reader
1/15/18 6:23 p.m.

Failed selling it on eBay. One more bump here and then I'll be trying to post it to Hemmings Motor News. 

MrChaos
MrChaos Dork
1/16/18 8:51 p.m.

Not to derail your thread but there is a 78 Vinyl roof opera window 4 door in dark green with no rust running and driving with 70k miles for sale at a mechanic shop near my house for $3500.

Trans_Maro
Trans_Maro PowerDork
1/16/18 9:17 p.m.

It has no opera windows because it's a 4-door, base optioned Continental.

The Town Car (4-doors) got the padded roof and opera windows.

The Mark (2-door) started the opera window option and it was added to the 4-door line in the mid 1970's if you optioned out the car.

 

 

 

dan0
dan0 Reader
1/16/18 9:38 p.m.
MrChaos said:

Not to derail your thread but there is a 78 Vinyl roof opera window 4 door in dark green with no rust running and driving with 70k miles for sale at a mechanic shop near my house for $3500.

No worries, I'm just trying to get it sold. I see a lot on eBay ranging wildly in price. I haven't even gotten any offers on it yet, lowball or otherwise. Kind of hesitating on listing on craigslist, because there I'll probably get some real low offers. I'm flexible. 

dan0
dan0 Reader
1/16/18 9:50 p.m.
Trans_Maro said:

It has no opera windows because it's a 4-door, base optioned Continental.

The Town Car (4-doors) got the padded roof and opera windows.

The Mark (2-door) started the opera window option and it was added to the 4-door line in the mid 1970's if you optioned out the car.

 

 

 

I figured it was a lower level thing as the padded roof and opera windows were more "luxurious." I don't see of lot of this generation without the padded roof and windows. 

Window sticker: 

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipOeQE2REVM_lJu9rhDvApWCogzpEN6Qyjtvpd4XFk70x56zJhcaNbEBIZ21li0ZqA?key=eUp4Y21BaHQxMkFqRDJUcnRRNi1FODg3VW44b2dR

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