1979 Lincoln Versailles
Born in Wayne, NJ for the Boston sales office, this car was originally purchased new by George from Old Saybrook, CT, who put the lion's share of the 52,000 miles on it. In 1988 it was then bought by John and Joan of Essex, CT who drove it roughly 12K miles and then Herb, also in Essex, acquired the car in 2000 and has driven about 5000 miles in the last 20 years. Herb has maintained full registration and insurance on the car and has done regular maintenance such as oil changes, tires, shocks; recently it had a new gas tank installed and exhaust work.
The Versailles was brought into the Lincoln line (from the Mercury Monarch/Ford Grenada line) as a way to compete with Cadillac and their new mid sized cars and to help with fuel mileage ratings.
The Versailles stood out from it's Ford brethren with the use of special vinyl roof options, 4 wheel disc brakes, isolated shock absorbers, "matched and balanced" drivetrain components and a heightened quality control regimen, among other things. It was also the first production car to have clear coat paint.
This car still has it's original Diamond Blue Iridescent Metallic paint, but the aforementioned clear coat has crazed, the leather Wedgewood Blue bucket seats and interior is in near mint condition, along with the Cartier clock. This has a Cavalry Twill Coach vinyl top, also in Diamond blue. The AM/FM/MPX 8 track stereo works well as do the other accoutrements such as power windows, power door locks, power driver seat, remote mirror, cruise control, accent lights. The Air Conditioning is currently NOT operational.
The 302 V8 puts it's 133 HP through a Ford C4 auto transmission and out to a Ford 9" rear end, set with 2.47 gears, to maximize fuel efficiency.
The car runs and drives as it did in 1979 and may respond to some color sanding and polishing to bring the paint back.
They made 21,007 Versailles in 79 and only 50,000 total, so you won't see too many out and about. If you're looking for a fun, luxurious sedan to cruise in and an inexpensive way into the auto-enthusiast world, here's your chance.
Asking price is only $4400
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