[REVIEW] Tomica Lincoln Continental Mark IV

Or Ford Continental, as Tomica calls it

Tomica time - Land of the Rising Sun-day, if only for the maker of this model. Today we examine Tomica F4-1, the Ford (Lincoln) Continental. This casting entered the range in April 1976, and is a great example of a disco-era personal luxury barge:

First off, another one where I didn't think about the white vs white contrast until well after I took the pics. I can be lazier than some might imagine, and once pics are done, they are done. I'll remember this on my next batch (coming soon, I took these pics some time ago, I photograph maybe 20 cars in one sitting). Anyway, you get the idea. For reference, I reviewed another variant of this casting at kinja LaLd about a year ago:


This model is the same, save for colors. Scale is claimed to be 1:77, smaller than most small scale, and likely accurate - this is not a large casting, and the real world vehicle is an aircraft carrier on wheels. Detail and proportion are excellent, with ample fine line casting detail. This model features the crisp glazing, snappy door action, and springy suspension we admire and expect from Tomica of this vintage. From all angles, one can imagine it cruising down a 55 mph highway, its low output 460 barely idling as its passengers glide along as if on a recliner:

Doors open to reveal a detailed interior with accurate steering wheel shape:

Front and rear feature similar quality detail, including marks for the lettering on the continental hump, and a "Ford" license plate, maybe to remind of us of how much this car shares with the same era Thunderbird:

The base is metal, like most of era, and features technical and identifying data:

This example is lucky enough to live in its original F series box:

I am pleased to have this model in my collection. It exists in over a dozen color variants, some fairly scarce. My blue one is relatively common, and I "needed" at least one more. This one was available reasonably, and I had to snap it up:

A few 1:1s from davidsclassiccars.com and mecum.com:

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Comments (4)

  • That is very clean

      1 year ago
  • I have both the blue and the yellow version. I have to say, I like the blue one better.

    Did they pick this one because of the TV show "Cannon" or because the Yakuza liked them? I'll never know...

      1 year ago
    • I think it was because they were trying to enter the ROW market so they wanted to pick vehicles that made sense to the USA market. So I guess vehicles like this might of related to American kids of that era plus they would have been so cool to...

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        1 year ago
    • Ha, I got in early and have most of the F-Series before they slapped the GST on overseas parcels. The Premium line has been a bit mixed for me. Some good, but some fairly average ones, too.

        1 year ago