Spotted: A Huge Stash Of American Barges

Lincolns, Fords, oh my!

6w ago

Back in July of 2020 I stumbled across an enormous stash of mostly 80s mostly Ford land barges. Mostly Lincoln Continentals and Ford LTDs but also a few Town Cars and even a rare Town Coupe. And a donk for reasons.

In the photo above, you can see they are stacked four deep four rows across in the back. There were at least 20 similar vehicles around the place.

The car that really caught my attention was this 5th gen 1970-1979 Lincoln Continental. It's hard to get more Malaisey than this. Say what you will about the merits of the car, it has some serious presence in person. Both from its size and striking details.

I really do like the concealed headlights on this one. And the Lincoln badges in the clear turn signal housings are quite striking in person. This front end is a lot to take in.

Also, note the lights in the bottom right of the image that illuminate during tight cornering. Since moveable headlights that swivel with steering are illegal in the US this is the next best thing.

Opera windows! Yes, they're kind of stupid, but they do look striking in person. Once again the Lincoln emblem emblazoned on the window is a nice touch.

The Continental popularized the 'Continental Style' spare tire hump enough for it to be named after it. Other than the Isuzu Vehicross I can't think of a modern vehicle that does this. Though this car doesn't actually have a spare there unlike the Vehicross.

Also, how can a car this massive have so little room inside? It's massive!

There were so many cars there I couldn't take pictures of all of them. It was an impressive sight to see so many Ford and Lincoln barges in one place that HAVEN'T been turned into donks.

Here we find a first generation 1981-1989 Lincoln Town Car. These have long since stopped having a presence on the road but I still occasionally see contemporary Ford LTD Crown Victoria cousins being daily driven.

You may recall I was very impressed with the spiritual successor to this car, the MKZ. Unlike the Town Car, however, it can both handle and float down the road.

Perhaps less common than even the Continental is this Lincoln Town Coupe. Town Cars were all over the place but even in the 80s you'd struggle to find many Town Coupes. I've only ever seen one on the road.

And in the middle of this collection of 80s Fords and Lincolns sits a random derelict third gen 1961-1964 Impala coupe. Both much older than the rest and from GM instead of Ford, I don't understand what this is doing there.

The Fords must have been hogging all the attention because the poor Chevy is in pretty rough shape.

That brings us to the end of this brief tour of this large stash of land yachts. What really strikes me is that none of them have been turned into donks. I see plenty of this style of vehicle on the road but rarely in stock form.

But of course I saw the owner of the place get into this older Crown Victoria donk as I left. Maybe this large inventory of well sorted stock examples is kept mostly to sell to people who want to customize them. What do you think? I don't see how you could sustain such an enterprise given the small market for dailying them as-is.

A version of this post originally went up on the now deceased Kinja Oppo but since then we've moved to The Hyphen.

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Comments (16)

  • Fun fact about opera windows: For Ford's Diamond Jubilee (1978) Lincoln embedded small "diamonds" in the opera windows, at the center of the cross.

      1 month ago
  • I adore the MkV Continental, it's my favorite 70's car!

      1 month ago
  • Matlock Approved

      1 month ago