I want to get either a ’66 Imperial or a ’76 –’78 Lincoln Continental Town Car as a daily driver. I…
I want to get either a ’66 Imperial or a ’76 –’78 Lincoln Continental Town Car as a daily driver. I currently drive a 2006 LS430 and it’s not going anywhere, but I crave the old style “driving on a cloud” suspension and “Novocain” steering that the old 60’s and 70’s American luxo-barges had. Heck, my 1969 Road Runner convertible had a cushier ride than my current Lexus and I miss that.
My question is, if I can find a clean Imperial or Lincoln, and replace the springs, shocks, brakes and maybe update the ignition with a Pertronix electronic one, and make sure the valve seats and hoses are updated for modern gasoline… is this a viable daily driver? Size isn’t an issue every housewife around this crazy town is rolling around in a Cadillac SUV or one of those GMC monsters that are all 18- 20 feet long… and if they can do it, I can handle a 21 foot Lincoln…
I know about the gas consumption…. Not an issue… the Lexus barely gets 17 MPG average and it needs premium gas where I think the Imperial or Lincoln will get 12-ish but can use regular unleaded, so the 50 to 80 cents a gallon savings will even that out.
I'm not under any illusions that this is a cheap option. But heck, it's way cheaper than a new Lexus LS even after all the updates and factoring in additional maintenance.
Right? Am I missing anything?