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Limited Edition 1987 Lincoln Town Car Up For Auction

Gone but certainly not forgotten, the Lincoln Town Car is starting to become a bit of a collectible, and we aren’t just talking about the luxurious and stylish later models – but also, the big-bodied boats from the 1980s, too. We saw this recently when a very nice 17k-mile 1988 Town Car surfaced for sale last month, and now, those interested in purchasing one of these machines have another opportunity to do so thanks to this limited-edition 1987 Lincoln Town Car up for auction at Bring a Trailer.

1987 Lincoln Town Car Sail America Commemorative Edition - Interior 001

This 1987 Lincoln Town Car is extra special due to the fact that it’s a Sail America Commemorative Edition, meaning that it’s one of just 2,014 examples produced in this particular model year. It also has just 58k miles showing on the odometer, and as such, it’s in pretty amazing condition, with near-perfect Arctic White paint accented by a dark blue carriage roof. Along with plenty of chrome trim, this Town Car is also adorned with Stars & Stripes badging, letting bystanders know that it isn’t some run-of-the-mill luxury sedan.

1987 Lincoln Town Car Sail America Commemorative Edition - Engine Bay 001

That much becomes even more evident when one peeks inside the cabin, which is equipped with white leather seats with blue piping, loads of woodgrain trim, and a host of amenities, including a blue leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, automatic climate control, cruise control, a JBL audio system, a cassette stereo with an analog equalizer, and power door locks, mirrors, and windows.

1987 Lincoln Town Car Sail America Commemorative Edition - Exterior 002 - Rear Three Quarters

Power for this big, luxurious cruiser comes from the venerable naturally-aspirated Ford 5.0L V8 – factory-rated to produce 150 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, which flows to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission. A rare example of its breed – and a super nice one at that – this 1987 Lincoln Town Car certainly presents buyers with a unique opportunity to own something extra special.

We’ll have more cool auction finds like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Lincoln news, Lincoln Town Car news, and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. TerryG

    Such a nice vehicle. Still classy and elegant. BTW, how would the newer SUV’s look with the fake convertible roof? Might be a big improvement and add distinction.

  2. CrabbyMilton

    All of the LINCOLN products now are rebadged FORD cuv’s and suv’s. Again Other builders offer premium sedans but FORD can’t. When you say LINCOLN, I still think of a premium sedan.

    1. JE

      Totally agree.

    2. Tigger

      Today when you say “Lincoln” I think “also ran”

    3. Alfred

      Lincoln is not an “other’ builder. Lincoln is part of the Ford motor company. If you want premium you buy Lincoln. Lincoln is associated with the premium line of vehicles. That’s how it works.

      1. Crabbymilton

        Yes Alfred I know that LINCOLN is part of FORD approximately forever. FORD controls them and that’s fine. I I’m only suggesting that the LINCOLN product line needs a premium sedan and FORD won’t do that. But if not there are other companies that build premium sedans.

    4. Crabbymilton

      I only do that to show respect to private industry. I know the younger generation hates heritage and private industry. So I emphasize a company or brand name that way.

  3. JE

    From the times Lincoln was as their adevertisements read, “what a luxury car brand should be “. Today Lincoln is nothing but a joke that’s far far away of its competitors with an incomplete lineup and a bunch of cookie cutter boring SUV’s and crossovers.

  4. Crabbymilton

    Yeah save your money and just buy the FORD version. It’s usually iatthe same dealer anyway.

  5. DAB

    These were the cat’s meow in the day. I was selling at a dealer with Cadillac, and we always went head to head with Lincoln. But those days are gone. GM barely produces any sedans and what they do have is a half hearted attempt with zero advertising or promotion of them. I even recall (seldom, but some times) going against the Chrysler dealer when the customers would shop the Lincoln vs. the Cadillac vs. the 5th Avenue. But those days are gone. Chrysler barely exists any more. Lincoln, as the others above have said, is nothing but a couple of glorified Ford SUV’s and Cadillac seems to be “selling” the two sedans they have just to “comply” with the franchise requirements.

    I miss the days when one could go buy a car/wagon, SUV, van or truck and do it all from one single dealer.

  6. Crabbymilton

    GM at least shows some interest in sedans with that CADILLAC CELESTIQ. I know I know but I bet it would be extremely quiet without a gasoline engine in it. That platform could spawn some other lower cost versions. Who the heck knows what STELLANTIS is going have for this market.

  7. StarLord

    My mom had an 82 Cartier Town Car. I wish she was able to keep it. I loved that car but the 302 was but the engine for that car at all.

  8. Crabbymilton

    You can say whatever you want about the old days but engine technology has gotten better since 40 years ago. Yeah an engine that size now would have more HP and torque plus use less fuel. I doubt that it would have a V8 now given FORD wanting to move away from that wonderful engine design but regardless, it would certainly have more than 150 HP if they had not stopped building full size sedans.

    1. DAB

      @Crabbymilton: You got that right. Heck, my 2021 Chevy Malibu that I had before my Bolt had the 1.5L 4 Cyl turbo and it had more HP than this 302 V8. Without looking it up, I’m sure this Lincoln had slightly more torque, but it was a way heavier car than the Malibu. And if you go to the GM Authority site and read anything about the Malibu, most just bit** about it’s tiny engine and that it needs more power. Personally, I thought my Malibu was about perfect for power, performance and MPG. I currently have a couple old Cadillac’s now (86 Seville and 88 Cimarron). One has the 4.1L V8 and the other 2.8 V6. The Malibu outperformed them both! haha. But I love my older cars even with the wheezy engines.

  9. Cigna

    An era when Lincolns were Lincolns, not today’s glorified Milk Trucks.

  10. Crabbymilton

    I knew they were in trouble when they rebadged an F150 just so the LINCOLN dealers could sell pickup trucks too.


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