Posts from ‘Lincoln’
Special is a funny word, and it doesn’t always mean something good. One hopes to avoid “special” classes in grade school, for example, and there isn’t a kid alive that looks forward to a bowl of Special K.
Class: Premium Midsize Crossover
Miles Driven: 296
Fuel Used: 14.4 gallons
For whatever reason, armchair sociologists and most of the non-automotive media seem to have fixated on 1957 as a pinnacle year for almost all American human endeavors. The best fashions, kitchen-appliance designs, diner menus, and, of course, cars, are largely ascribed to this singular period.
by Don Sikora II
Note: The following story was excerpted from the June 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.
The first Lincoln to bear the name Zephyr arrived for 1936. It was a medium-price car with unit-body construction and a “flathead” V-12 engine. Zephyr soon accounted for 80 percent of the luxury brand’s sales, and by 1940 became the basis for the stunning Continental. Somewhat surprisingly, the Zephyr name didn’t return after World War II.
by Jack Stewart
For most of Seventies, NBC broadcast a group of mysteries under the umbrella title of The NBC Mystery Movie. Starting in 1971, the original series rotated Columbo, McMillan and Wife, and McCloud in the same weekly time slot. At the peak of the series, there were NBC Mystery Movies on both Sunday and Wednesday evenings. The three original mysteries were the most popular (Columbo in particular), but there were 14 shows associated with the series before it ended in 1977: Columbo, McCloud, McMillan and Wife, Banacek, Snoop Sisters, Cool Million, Hec Ramsey, Madigan, Faraday and Company, Tenafly, Amy Prentiss, McCoy, Lanigan’s Rabbi, and Quincy, M.E. A few of the shows prominently featured interesting cars. Here are our favorites:
Life is full of ironies, many of which go sadly overlooked. One ironic condition I tolerate—well, loathe, actually—is the fact that my new big screen TV requires a certain amount of boot-up time before I can watch anything. I find that excruciating, pre-entertainment pause a strange throwback to the era of mom “warming up” the set before the family would settle in to watch Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom.
From page 3 of Consumer Guide: Auto Test ’72:
The general auto-buying public is still intent on knowing “how does it run?” And that is what this 1972 Road Test issue of CONSUMER GUIDE is all about. So if you are in the market for a brand new 1972 model, and you want to know how it handles on the highways, how it rates for fuel economy, roominess, quietness, ride or brakes, you have come to the right place.
Lincoln unveiled a Navigator Concept at the 2016 New York Auto Show that forecasts what’s to come for the forthcoming redesigned production Navigator. The new look of the Concept matches the design motif of the recently unveiled 2017 Lincoln Continental and 2017 MKZ.
By Frank Peiler–Publisher, Collectible Automobile magazine
My first visit to the Chicago Auto Show happened in 1953, when I was 12 years old. Before then, I had to rely on the huge auto-show sections in Sunday editions of the three newspapers my family subscribed to: the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Daily News, and Chicago Sun-Times. I vividly recall pawing through the 1951 auto-show sections for every picture I could find of the Buick XP-300 and the only car that really amazed me, the LeSabre. It was then that I resolved to attend the auto show in person—as soon as I could persuade someone to take me.
Introduced at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show, the Bugatti Chiron will race to 60 mph from a dead stop in a claimed 2.5 seconds. My 1985 Volkswagen Scirocco was, according to Road & Track magazine, good for 10.1 seconds in the same sprint. And while my car consumed four times the time to cover the same ground, I take some comfort in the fact that I paid $6600 for the car in 1988, comfortably less than the Chiron’s $2.6 million asking.