2011 Lincoln Town Car
September 15th, 2011 marked the end of an era as the last full size body on frame car rolled off the line a Ford Crown Victoria destined for sale in Saudi Arabia. Just 16 days prior, the last Lincoln Town Car rolled off the line with no press or fanfare from Ford. The Lincoln Town Car along with its Ford and Mercury Panther chassis sisters failed to evolve with the environment and have now gone extinct.
The Panther platform they were built on was first sold in 1979. While it received numerous styling re-designs in the intervening years, but the overall formula remained the same; a large, traditional, 3 box design powered by a V8 with RWD. The body-on-frame part gave the Panthers a toughness advantage loved by Police departments, taxi companies, and limousine builders as more and more competitors move to unitized bodies for their full size cars.
I visited New Haven, CT on assignment from my day job. Upon arrival I found that my regular reservation of a Buick Lacrosse had been questionably “upgraded” to a Lincoln Town Car. As I have already driven nearly every flavor of Lacrosse and never have driven a Town Car, I figured “Why not?” After I posted a picture of my rental in Cheers and Gears forums, the comments were unanimous that I should actually write a review on it. Since the Town Car is already out of production, we won’t be taking this review too seriously.
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