1977 Lincoln Versailles with 48,600 original miles. This car was purchased
new in 1977 by my Great Grandparents. It was then purchased by my parents in
1986 with 27,000 miles and has remained in their ownership since. The car has
been consistently maintained in running driving condition as a spare vehicle.
It has been garaged throughout my parents ownership and used very infrequently
during winter months. The Lincoln Versailles was produced for 4 years in
relatively limited quantities to compete with the Cadillac Seville and they are
a rare sight today. The car, with its two-tone paint scheme and complimentary
leather interior, is certainly a throw-back to the 1970’s style.
The Lincoln starts easily, drives well and is enjoyable to drive with its
responsive 302 cubic inch V8. It was just driven 80 miles to my home so I could
assist in the sale, and it preformed with no issues. Though it is over 40 years old, and anything could break
down at any time, I wouldn’t be afraid to drive it across state lines. That
said, the car does have some issues the new owner may wish to attend to: 3 of
the 4 power windows are unreliable or do no work. One rear door lock is sticky
with the power switches. The clock does not work. The air conditioner needs
charged. The passenger front door closes very hard and the striker needs
The interior of the Lincoln is generally clean with age wear. Leather
seats have no tears or significant cracking, but have some light fade. Carpets
are decent but would probably improve with a good cleaning. All door panels are
nice with no damage and dash is also very nice with a period compass included
for no additional cost. The headliner however, is detached and sagging as seems
typical with this vintage car. There are no tears or stains in the fabric so
perhaps it can be re-glued. The trunk is in excellent, clean condition, and
contains four original floor mats and a shop/repair manual for the car. Original owners manual also included.
The exterior looks decent but again has some issues. Probably the worst
part of the car is the padded roof. The vinyl(?) material is very dry, faded
and split in multiple locations. The top, most certainly, should be replaced.
The paint could use a good buffing and has numerous locations of flaking and
surface rust – primarily on the lower quarters and lower drivers door. I don’t
find any areas of rust-through – just flaky surface corrosion. Chrome is nice
as are the wheels. It does have one mis-matched tire on the front. The hood
ornament is with the car, but has damage and is not attached to the grill.
With relatively low production of 15,434 units in 1977 and very few
surviving on the roads today, we hope this car finds a deserving home with
someone who might wish to improve upon its condition while they enjoy driving
it. With the low mileage of 48,600, and single family ownership history, the
car seems worth preserving.
The Lincoln is located just west of Des Moines near Adel / De Soto. Please
email if you have any questions about the car or sale. Motivated seller listing with No Reserve, so please bid to own, but please be serious about completing the purchase.