What a Luxury Car Should Be

Uh oh. This looks serious.

Uh oh. This looks serious.

This is the 1978 Lincoln Continental, from an ancient time when Ford made cars.

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By today’s standards, it is nothing special. Inefficient in every way, underpowered, overstylized…

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Still, if you resto modded it, you’d have an awesome, intimidating machine. What I would do if I still had the car and a usable budget:

  • engine/transmission/suspension/brakes, obvs. 400 hp at the wheels would be good.

  • flush in the bumpers to hug the body, like an updated version of a ‘72

  • Red LEDs to light up the reflector box between the taillights

  • Keep the roof, but replace padded and white with a slick modern material and texture in a complementary color

  • The sun damage has sold me on a matte finish for the paint. Something darker than the baby blue.

  • lose the fender antenna.

  • Parking camera and sensors - It’s 20 feet long.

  • Auxiliary lamps? Maybe…