Lincoln Town Car

The Lincoln Town Car is perhaps Lincoln’s best-known full-size luxury sedan. Produced between 1981 and 2011, the Town Car was succeeded by the Lincoln MKT sedan in 2012.

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Lincoln Town Car Origins

The Town Car was originally introduced in 1969 as a trim level for the iconic Lincoln Continental. Since being produced under its own nameplate, the spacious and smooth-riding Town Car became a popular choice for taxi and limousine businesses. Combined, its front and rear bench seats can hold up to six people, while its trunk is one of the most spacious available in a sedan.

About the Lincoln Town Car

The Lincoln Town Car is best known as a well-equipped luxury car ideally suited for limousine drivers or those seeking a comfortable ride.

The base 2011 Town Car measures nearly 18 feet long; the extended Signature L adds 6 inches. The full-size sedan offers some of the most generous legroom in its class, with front-seat passengers receiving 41.7 inches and rear-seat passengers receiving 39.6 inches. Upgrading to the extended-wheelbase Signature L trim level increases rear-seat legroom to 45.4 inches. A roomy trunk provides 21 cubic feet of storage space.

While the weighty Town Car was criticized for a slow acceleration, its V-8 engine offers ample power. A front independent suspension and solid-axle rear suspension combine to contribute to a legendarily smooth ride.

The rear-drive Town Car is powered by a V-8 engine and paired to a four-speed automatic transmission. Produced for 2011, the final Town Car model was offered in standard-wheelbase and extended-wheelbase trim levels. Standard features include a power-operated trunk, heated seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a premium sound system.

Lincoln Town Car Features

The 2011 Town Car is available as a base Signature Limited or extended-wheelbase Signature L model. Both vehicles are powered by a 4.6-liter, V-8, flex-fuel engine producing 239 horsepower and 287 lb-ft of torque. A four-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Standard features in 2011 include 17-inch machined aluminum wheels, chrome grille, power trunk, quad halogen headlamps, keyless entry, rear parking sensors, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seating, a leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel, walnut insets, power-adjustable pedals, delayed accessory power shutoff, a universal garage door opener, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats with memory settings, and a premium audio system with six-disc in-dash CD player.

The Signature L trim adds heated rear seats and a Rear-Seat Amenities Package, which includes a rear-seat folding armrest with storage bin, rear-seat vanity mirrors, rear audio, and climate controls. Options available on both trims include a trunk organizer, HID headlamps, chrome wheels, and whitewall tires.

Safety features include front seat-mounted side airbags, anti-lock brakes, and traction control. Stability control and side-curtain airbags are not offered.

The base Signature Limited measures 215.4 inches in length, 59 inches in height, and 78.5 inches in width. Its wheelbase is 117.7 inches. In contrast, the Town Car Signature L is 221.4 inches in length and has a 123.7-inch wheelbase. The Signature Limited offers 108.7 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the Signature L offers 116.3 cubic feet. Both models feature a generous trunk capacity of 21 cubic feet.

The 2011 Lincoln Town Car is available in seven exterior colors and three interior color schemes.

Lincoln Town Car Evolution

The Lincoln Town Car debuted in 1981 as a long and boxy full-size sedan with room for six passengers. Early models were powered by a five-liter, V-8 engine.

In 1990, the Lincoln Town Car was given a face-lift with flush-mounted windows and more modern lighting. In 1991, Lincoln upgraded the Town Car’s engine with a more powerful 4.6-liter V-8 producing 190 horsepower.

The Lincoln Town Car returned for a third generation in 1998 with a stiffened suspension, a slighter smaller body, and a more powerful 205-horsepower, V-8 engine. The 1998 Lincoln Town Car is available in three trim levels: the Executive, Signature, and Cartier. In 2001, engine output was increased to 220 horsepower for the first two trim levels and 235 horsepower for the Cartier model. In 2002, Lincoln extended the wheelbase of its Signature and Cartier editions.

The 2003 Lincoln Town Car introduced improvements, such as a strengthened frame, higher-quality interior details, and a more formal appearance. In 2004, Lincoln eliminated the Town Car’s midlevel trim and renamed the existing trims from Executive to Signature and from Cartier to Ultimate. By 2008, trim levels were reduced to a base Signature Limited and long-wheelbase Signature L. In 2006, Lincoln added a Designer Series edition to the Town Car lineup. Designer Series models featured chrome-tipped exhaust pipes, Provence leather upholstery, two-tone door panels, and adjustable rear-seat headrests. A power trunk feature was added in 2007.

Lincoln significantly pared down its Town Car offerings in 2008, eliminating two trim levels, several paint colors, and some other options. By 2008, the Town Car’s two trims were powered by a 4.6-liter V-8 producing 239 horsepower and 287 lb-ft of torque. Lincoln sought to improve options in 2010, adding a Continental Edition package that featured distinctive badges and interior stitching, 17-inch chrome wheels, and chrome B-pillars.

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