Brown Alert: Big-block Ford LTD coupe with all the trimmings

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Aug 4, 2021 | Ford, Mecum, Brown, LTD

Photograph by David S. Wallens

How do you know that you’re a hardcore GRMer? Because you don’t see the BMW Z8 in this photo.

More to love about this gold-brown 1971 Ford LTD? How about the matching vinyl top and interior, complete with bench seat that’s comfier than Grandma’s couch. Oh, and the Torq Thrust-style mags and oh-so-right stance. 

Last we checked, the LTD coupe went unsold at Mecum‘s recent Orlando sale at $18,000. Too much or not enough? 

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yupididit
yupididit GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
8/4/21 1:10 p.m.

That is absolutely beautiful. 

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/4/21 1:13 p.m.

In reply to yupididit :

And just as stunning in real life. Hope it goes to a good home. 

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
8/4/21 2:27 p.m.

I took my driver's training class in a brown 1971 LTD.   smiley

Even though I really like Torq-Thrust wheels, I think I'd have to go back to the stock wheels and wheel covers to complete the 1971 look.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/4/21 3:35 p.m.

In reply to stuart in mn :

I'm not a fan of giant alloys on '60s and '70s machines, but the diameter was kept in check so they looked period correct. 

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
8/4/21 3:53 p.m.

Even in the current market, I don't quite see it being an $18,000 car, but that's not to say that I don't really like it. 
 

Edit: scrolled through the photos, maybe I'm wrong about the value. Just needs the right buyer. Someone to love it, not flip it. 
 

The longest tenure as a daily driver for me was my Panther platform 79 LTD. 

I agree about the wheels, I think they look best if they're period correct. 

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/4/21 4:19 p.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

I saw the Gremlin before I saw the Z8.

Mr_Asa
Mr_Asa PowerDork
8/4/21 4:21 p.m.

Torque Thrusts generally look weird on full size cars.

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/4/21 5:18 p.m.

Love it but the rims have to go. A set of steal rims with factory hubcaps are needed. 
 

I would be tempted to go with the classic dog dish. 
 

 

but I think this is the factory correct one that the car would have had  

 

 

 

 

 

 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/4/21 5:40 p.m.

No argrument from me ever on dog dishes. 

Streetwiseguy
Streetwiseguy MegaDork
8/4/21 5:43 p.m.

That's a couple of years new for me, but other than a 69-70 Mustang  just about the only Ford that interests me is 66-67 LTD.

Exactly like Jay Lenos would really make me happy.

I had a 70 390 XL convertible - they didn't badge them as LTDs even though it's the same body. It wasn't fast, but trunk was big enough to fit several freestyle bikes though, so that was a plus. 

stuart in mn
stuart in mn MegaDork
8/4/21 6:52 p.m.

The odd thing is while it's obviously a low mile car, there was no mention of the odometer reading.  I suspect the alloy valve covers weren't stock on a '71 LTD, but the 429/4V was rated at 360hp so that car should move.

From the 1971 Ford full size brochure:

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
8/4/21 6:55 p.m.
David S. Wallens said:

No argrument from me ever on dog dishes. 

Yup. Dog dish and steely wheels FTW.

Drove this LTD from 1986-2000. This is on the way to Cape Hatteras, 1994. 
 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/5/21 8:38 a.m.

Fortunately the wheels would be an easy swap. 

And, yeah, for whatever reason, no mention of the mileage. The car looked clean in person. I'm sure you could get that number from Mecum, though. 

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/5/21 9:16 a.m.

In reply to David S. Wallens :

I agree that big wheels (16" or more) generally look bad on 70s cars. They need sidewall.

I love Torq-Thrust wheels, but Cragars, Magnum 500s or maybe even Keystone Classics might have been a better choice for this car. But that's an easy fix, and one I wouldn't mind being faced with.

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