Right this moment we check out the early 2000s Lincoln Continental. A technology of Continental that didn’t know what it needed to be, we are able to take consolation within the data it was at the very least a pleasant Taurus.
The Continental title had an extended and storied historical past at Lincoln. It debuted as an opulent coupe and convertible in 1939 and spent the following few many years as a staple within the rear-drive Lincoln lineup. By the late Fifties, the title branched out from its coupe roots as Lincoln supplied Continentals with 4 doorways.
Finally, Continental spent a brief stint on the Panther platform earlier than it moved on to its ultimate rear-drive Fox-body iteration in 1982. After six years of bustle-back goodness, Lincoln was prepared with the eighth-generation Continental. For 1988 Continental joined the Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable on the front-drive FN9 platform.Â This new trendy Conti was the primary front-drive car Lincoln ever produced, and likewise the primary time the model supplied a vehicleÂ withoutÂ a V8 engine – a harbinger of issues to come back.Â The FN9 Continental was a bit bigger than the outgoing Fox technology, and way more Nineteen Nineties pleasant in look. It confirmed up in different front-drive competitors just like the Cadillac Deville and was the most important front-wheel-drive car out there in 1988. Beneath all eighth-generation Continentals was the identical 3.8-liter Essex V6 engine discovered within the Taurus.
For 1995, Continental was up to date to its ninth and ultimate (for some time) front-drive kind, nonetheless on the FN9 platform. The physique and interior had been new for ’95, although dimensionally the Continental remained a lot the identical as earlier than. This time Lincoln was prepared with additional sedan differentiation: A brand new 4.6-liter InTech V8 powered the Continental and was not shared with Ford or Mercury sedans. The engine was the identical as within the Mark VIII however detuned for much less efficiency within the front-drive sedan. Two-hundred and sixty horses and 265 lb-ft of torque had been on provide.
Lincoln supposed to make the ninth Continental way more aggressive within the more and more cluttered luxurious sedan market. A concentrate on interior appointments and gear this time round meant the Continental was dearer than earlier than – a bitÂ tooÂ costly. Lincoln corrected this for 1997 when it stripped some content material from Conti upfront of its facelift the next 12 months. Costs dropped 10 p.c in ’97, which held gross sales practically regular with the 12 months earlier than, at 31,220. 1998’s facelift boosted gross sales again to over 35,000.
After 1998, the Continental’s energy elevated to 275 horses, and Lincoln added extra energy gear as standard. A Luxurious Look Bundle supplied additional interior wooden on the steering wheel and shift lever, in addition to two-tone leather-based. An digital energetic suspension with journey management choose was additionally out there. By 1999, the Continental requested the identical on showroom flooring because the City Automotive and represented the model’s sportier aspect of flagship luxurious. However it wasn’t as giant and splendid because the City Automotive, or as enjoyable to drive because the smaller LS.
The Conti’s pricing and sport/luxurious placement in Lincoln’s lineup had been problematic. Lincoln had three sedans on provide, and all of them competed for primarily the identical buyer. However given the Continental’s declining gross sales (simply over 20,000 in 2001), it noticed its final 12 months in 2002. The City Automotive and LS remained in Lincoln’s lineup to fulfill luxurious sedan prospects, whereas the Continental title was put to mattress. It was resurrected as soon as extra in 2017 and the Tenth-generation car accomplished a four-year run in October 2020.
Right this moment’s Rare Journey is a really clear high-mileage instance from 2002. Its unique situation is marred by an aftermarket interior wooden equipment, however it asks $3,997 at a BMW supplier in Nashville.
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