1977 Lincoln Continental

Stretching 233.0 inches, the Lincoln Continental was one of the longest passenger vehicles of 1977.

A funny thing happened on the way to Eighties: Cars got shorter. The “shortening” of the American automobile didn’t happen all at once—it came in staggered bursts, as individual manufacturers downsized the platforms that underpinned their largest cars.

General Motors went first. For 1977, GM downsized and modernizing its popular B-Body (Buick LeSabre, Chevrolet Impala/Caprice, Oldsmobile Eighty-Eight, and Pontiac Catalina/Bonneville) and luxury-oriented C-Body (Buick Electra, Cadillac Deville, and Oldsmobile Ninety-Eight.) cars.

1977 Oldsmobile Toronado

At 227.5 inches, the Oldsmobile Toronado was General Motors’ longest 1977 model.

While GM’s bold move earned the company kudos from the motoring press–and sales from the buying public–it had one detrimental side effect: It cost the company its slots on the “Hard to Park” list for 1977.

The General had claimed three slots each on the 1973 and 1975 lists, but is unrepresented among the longest rides of ’77. GM’s longest offering for 1977 was the Oldsmobile Toronado, which stretched a healthy 227.5 inches. The longest of GM’s newly downsized vehicles was the Buick Electra, which spanned just 221.2 inches, about 8 inches shy of 1977’s 5th-place Mercury Marquis.

If you ever spent time with one of the wheeled apartments below, tell us about it.

Hard to Park: The 5 Longest Cars of 1973

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Hard to Park: The 10 Longest Cars of 1979


Lincoln Continental: 233.0 inches (19.4 feet)

1977 Lincoln Continental

1977 Lincoln Continental

Body Style: Coupe and sedan

Base Price: $9553 (coupe)


Chrysler New Yorker Brougham: 231.0 inches (19.3 feet)

1977 Chrysler New Yorker

1977 Chrysler New Yorker

Body Style: Coupe and sedan

Base Price: $7090 (coupe)


Lincoln Continental Mark V: 230.3 inches (19.2 feet)

1977 Lincoln Continental Mark V

1977 Lincoln Continental Mark V

Body Style: Coupe

Base Price: $11,396 (coupe)


Dodge Royal Monaco Wagon: 229.4 inches (19.1 feet)

1977 Dodge Royal Monaco Wagon

1977 Dodge Royal Monaco Wagon

Body Style: Wagon

Base Price: $5353


Mercury Marquis: 229.0 inches (19.1 feet)

1977 Mercury Marquis

1977 Mercury Marquis

Body Style: Coupe and sedan

Base Price: $5368 (coupe)

The “Which Car is Longer” Quiz (Part 1)

The “Which Car is longer” Quiz (Part 2)

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