The Lincoln Town Car is a full-size luxury sedan that was sold by the upscale Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company. Often converted into a stretch limousine, it is the most commonly used limousine and chauffeured car in the United States and Canada. The Town Car nameplate was first introduced in the 1959 lineup as a top-of-the-line 4-door sedan; the nameplate became a permanent part of the Continental lineup in 1969, denoting its highest-trim interior package. In English, "Town Car" is a literal translation of the French term "Sedan de Ville". Both names refer to a classic style of limousine popular in the 1920s which had an open chauffeur's compartment in the front. In 1981, the Town Car became a stand-alone model in the Lincoln product line, superseding the Continental as the flagship for the Lincoln brand as well as for Ford Motor Company.
Featuring a standard V8 engine, body-on-frame design, rear-wheel drive and large exterior and interior dimensions, the Town Car was based on the Ford Panther platform. This gave it powertrain and suspension commonality with the Mercury Grand Marquis and the Crown Victoria. This design made them durable even in the rough conditions taxi and livery cars are subjected to, and easy and cheap to repair when they did suffer damage.
Its large dimensions made it the largest car in production in North America. The Town Car was the longest car (but not the heaviest) built in the Western Hemisphere. The current version Town Car underwent its last re-design inside and out. The front and rear sheet metal (hood, front fenders, trunk lid, and rear fenders) as well as the bumpers were squared off, with a dramatically new stretched grille and headlights, which replaced the purse grille and cat's eye headlamps of the previous generation. On the inside, the seats were replaced with a new design (with larger head restraints) and the dashboard received satin metal in addition to the standard wood grain. The radio face, including the climate controls, received an update with the addition of an analog clock. The factory-equipped rear ultrasonic park assist (with two rear bumper mounted sensors) became standard on all except the Executive Series. The current redesign would turn out to be the last for the Town Car; all changes since then have consisted of minor yearly changes. Most coach builders convert the Executive's single exhaust into a dual exhaust setup when building a limousine, to give the vehicle some added power on top of having to stretch the exhaust to accommodate the stretched frame.
The Towncar limos have left the building!