So me and my buddies were out looking for a new Jeep Cherokee/Wrangler for my friend Evan on tuesday. We get to this dealer and there's a '77 Town Car parked behind the '99 Wrangler Sahara that he wanted to look at, but this dealer is closing, so I come back today and take a look at it. -Exterior- This thing is huge! Too much car for me perhaps? I'm starting to think so. The hood is longer than I am tall (66"), plus you have the header panel between the grille and hood, AND the bumper which is another 8" deep! This stands at 233" long, which is 25" longer than my '92, and 12 inches longer than the Broughams I love, but it feels much much bigger than the 12" would lead you to believe. It's a great looking car though, very nice and important looking. With one of the best looking grilles ever IMO. It's very intimidating looking if you ask me, especially because it was Navy Blue, with a matching vinyl top. -Interior- The Interior was unlike anything I have seen before. These '70's cars are something new I tell ya. For instance, in the middle of the dash, theres a huge pull out ashtray! Who needs that much ashtray?? Not I! And right above this huge ashtray is a tiny little AM/FM radio. The seats were something new too. Very very very cushy, no support anywhere, except in the upper back! And theres only 4 adjustments: front-back movement, and front/rear tilt. No Height or recline adjustment like new cars. The seats definetly werent as comfortable as newer Cadillac/Lincoln seats Also, the dash had the full instrumentation I like (minus the tach), and lots of faux wood trim! The '70s really were a time for sheer excess I tell ya! Wow! Also, it didn't feel any more roomy than my '92, but that's really saying something! But I did think it was really cool to sit in the backseat and actually sit behind the opera windows. And the trunk was huuuuuge! Very deep! -Engine- I think 1977 was the first year they had the 400 standard, but this one had the 460! And after a quick read thru the owners manual, I got it started. (Wasn't too sure on how many times to pump the gas) It's very very smooth at idle, much smoother than my 4.9. And very very quiet. Knowing me, I HAD to stab the gas to hear 7.5L of detroit iron, and I did. It's not loud or anything, but you can almost feel the silent power, even in park. And under the hood, you would not believe it's a 7.5L! There's so much room to work in there, spark plugs would take about 10 minutes, 20 if you're gonna do wires too. Everything looks so easy to service, for example, the oil filter is right next to the air filter (atleast I think that's what it was) -Behind the Wheel- Surprisingly, it doesn't feel THAT big. After about 3 minutes behind the wheel, I got used to it's length and girth, it took me about 10 minutes to get used to that super super vague steering. The steering is probably the biggest factor to the boat feel. It's more vague than that '84 deVille I drove a while back, and the steering column was moved to the least comfortable position, and I couldn't move it at all, and the steering wheel rim had a similiar diameter to a cigarette. Those 3 factors together add up to make a very vague steering system, which is probably exactly what Lincoln wanted back in '77. If I ever buy one of these, the first thing I would do is tighten up the steering to a more sensible level. Other than the terribly vague steering, the car isn't that hard to drive in heavy traffic. It's got GREAT power! You don't even have to give it gas to get moving off the line! Just take your foot off the brake at a stop and the 460 eases it down the road like you're riding on a tsunami of torque. I nailed it a few times at about 20-30 MPH and I was surprised with the amount of OOMPH that it has. It's very good all things considered. In the may 1975 Issue of "Road Test" magazine (since bought out), they tested a 5200 pound '75 Town Coupe and got a 0-60 of 9.5 and a 1/4 mile time of 17.12 seconds at 81 MPH. Not bad at all! Now the '77 made the same amount of power, but weighed 350 lbs less, so the acceleration is even better! It didn't float like you would think. The roadholding wasn't bad at all, all things considered. Once I got used to the steering feel, I could make some decently tight left hand turns at a decent speed. One thing I did notice though, is the tires are very happy to squeal at low speed turns, but that's expected from a car of this caliber. One of the other things I didn't like was the tiny side mirrors. It's damn near impossible to get a good view out of the right side one. Either you're seeing only the fender, or none of the car at all. Also, the high cowl and dash was a little disappointing too, but the super long hood and raised fenders more than make up for it! All in all, it was a real neat car to drive, but definetly something I would not wanna drive daily, even if gas wasn't $2.80 a gallon. Maybe if you got the steering tightened though.... I'll definetly consider a '70s Lincoln for a "summer night cruiser" later in life, but I do not want one quite as much as I used to. Maybe the Mark IV has tighter steering??? That would definetly help a lot. Is there anyway to tighten the steering up? Pics/ Video to come real soon!