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A luxury sedan produced by Lincoln from 1981-2011. Frequently used as both a sedan and stretch limousine.

Awards and acknowledgements include:
A Luxury Car Book 2000 (by Jack Gillis) Best Bet in the Large category.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Lincoln Town Car page on 15 August 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The Lincoln Town Car is a model line of full-size luxury sedans that was marketed by the Lincoln division of the American automaker Ford Motor Company from 1981 to 2011. Deriving its name from a style of limousine, "Town Car" translated in French is the term "Sedan de Ville" (the Cadillac rival to the Lincoln Continental from the 1950s to the 1990s). The Town Car nameplate first appeared as a sub-model of the Continental in 1959, later becoming a trim line during the 1970s. For 1981, the Lincoln Town Car became a distinct product, taking the place of the previous Continental in the Lincoln model line.

Produced in three separate generations, the Lincoln Town Car was based solely on the rear-wheel drive Ford Panther platform, sharing its chassis and mechanical components with the Mercury Grand Marquis and the Ford (LTD) Crown Victoria. With the exception of two-door sedans sold in 1980-81, the Town Car was produced in a single four-door body style. Following the 1996 discontinuation of the Cadillac Fleetwood, the Town Car became the longest (though not the heaviest) mass-produced sedan assembled in the Western Hemisphere until 2003. Within Ford Motor Company, the Lincoln Town Car marked the introduction of several significant features and technologies, including fuel-injected engines, 4-speed overdrive automatic transmissions, keyless entry, and overhead-cam V8 engines.

Marketed primarily in the United States and Canada, the Town Car saw exports worldwide. From 1980 to 2007, the Lincoln Town Car was assembled at Wixom Assembly, at Wixom, Michigan, alongside the Lincoln Continental, Mark Series, and Lincoln LS. Following the closure of Wixom Assembly, production of the Town Car was moved to St. Thomas Assembly in Southwold, Ontario, Canada, alongside the Ford Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis. In 2011, production of all three Panther-platform vehicles ended as the St. Thomas facility ended production in September 2011.


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TypeTitle
1982 Book1982 Car Shop Manual Volume A (Body/Chassis/Electrical for Lincoln Town Car/Continental Mark VI, Ford/Mercury) by Ford Motor Company


Multimedia

1986 Lincoln Town Car Demolition Derby Model Car


Model built by Robert Lindeman.  Shown at the 2011 Attack of the Plastic
Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
Download video of 1986 Lincoln Town Car Demolition Derby Model Car - 8.7MB


Photographs

1984 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series 1984 Signature Series
Reserve not met, high bid $5,000 - Mecum Auctions
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
View photo of 1984 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series - 3.2MB
1984 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series 1984 Signature Series
Reserve not met, high bid $5,000 - Mecum Auctions
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
View photo of 1984 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series - 3.4MB
1984 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series 1984 Signature Series
Reserve not met, high bid $5,000 - Mecum Auctions
2013 Mecum Chicago Auction
Photo ©2013 Bill Crittenden
View photo of 1984 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series - 3.1MB
1998 Lincoln Town Car Presidential Town Sedan Lowrider 1998 Presidential Town Sedan Lowrider
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
3rd Annual Grass Lake PTO "Cars for Kids" Classic & Hot Rod Show
May 18, 2008
View photo of 1998 Lincoln Town Car Presidential Town Sedan Lowrider - 4,056KB
1998 Lincoln Town Car Presidential Town Sedan Lowrider 1998 Presidential Town Sedan Lowrider
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
3rd Annual Grass Lake PTO "Cars for Kids" Classic & Hot Rod Show
May 18, 2008
View photo of 1998 Lincoln Town Car Presidential Town Sedan Lowrider - 3,540KB
1998 Lincoln Town Car Presidential Town Sedan Lowrider 1998 Presidential Town Sedan Lowrider
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
3rd Annual Grass Lake PTO "Cars for Kids" Classic & Hot Rod Show
May 18, 2008
View photo of 1998 Lincoln Town Car Presidential Town Sedan Lowrider - 5,175KB
1998 Lincoln Town Car Presidential Town Sedan Lowrider 1998 Presidential Town Sedan Lowrider
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
3rd Annual Grass Lake PTO "Cars for Kids" Classic & Hot Rod Show
May 18, 2008
View photo of 1998 Lincoln Town Car Presidential Town Sedan Lowrider - 3,929KB
1998 Lincoln Town Car Presidential Town Sedan Lowrider 1998 Presidential Town Sedan Lowrider
Photo ©2008 Bill Crittenden
3rd Annual Grass Lake PTO "Cars for Kids" Classic & Hot Rod Show
May 18, 2008
View photo of 1998 Lincoln Town Car Presidential Town Sedan Lowrider - 5,096KB


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
classified date 1993In-Depth Accident Investigation
1990 Lincoln Town Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 32.8MB - 340 pages
classified date 1993In-Depth Accident Investigation
1990 Lincoln Town Car Signature
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 41.7MB - 153 pages
May 1994In-Depth Accident Investigation
1993 Lincoln Towncar
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 18.5MB - 209 pages
December 2001Remote Child Air Bag-Related Fatality Investigation
Vehicle - 1993 Lincoln Town Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,578KB - 10 pages
July 2008Remote Not in Traffic Surveillance Back Over Investigation
1996 Lincoln Town Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,648KB - 23 pages
classified date 2002Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 1997 Lincoln Town Car Signature Series, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.0MB - 134 pages
September 1998Remote Redesigned Air Bag Deployment Investigation
SCI Technical Summary Report
RABSS Vehicle - 1998 Lincoln Town Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 181KB - 10 pages
September 2003On-Site Rear Impact Crash and Fire Investigation
Vehicle: 1998 Lincoln Town Car Limousine
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 935KB - 18 pages
May 2000Veridian Remote Side Impact Occupant Protection Investigation
SCI Technical Summary Report
Vehicle - 2000 Lincoln Town Car Executive
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 277KB - 11 pages
April 2001Veridian Remote Side Impact Occupant Protection System Investigation
SCI Technical Summary Report
Vehicle - 2000 Lincoln Town Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 213KB - 15 pages
classified date 2006Special Crash Investigation Report
Case Vehicle: 2003 Lincoln Town Car Signature, 4-door sedan
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 7.6MB - 109 pages
December 2006On-Site Child Safety Seat Investigation
Vehicle - 2006 Lincoln Town Car
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PDF
- 1,219KB - 20 pages




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