Luxurious 1976 Lincoln becomes family heirloom

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After raising six children, Lee and Mary Peterson decided to give themselves a couple of gifts.

Mrs. Peterson’s ancestors had come from Ireland and she wanted to go visit the old country.

Mr. Peterson wanted a new car, which his wife agreed would be nice but, in a nod to her Irish roots, she insisted that it be green.

They enjoyed their visit to Ireland and then went to the Carter Lincoln-Mercury dealership in Ocean City, N.J. where they purchased what Mrs. Peterson called “our last automobile.”

They selected a 1976 Lincoln Continental Town Sedan that came within 7.5 inches of stretching 20 feet long.

The enormous Lincoln was totally green. The official name of the green paint in Dark Jade Metallic. The roof is covered in a matching dark green vinyl.

Inside the spacious car, the headliner is dark green, as is the leather upholstery, carpeting and dashboard.

A total of 43,983 such models were manufactured and each one had a base price of $9,293. Of course, there is no evidence that any Lincoln left the factory as a base model.

“That 1976 Lincoln was the most expensive automobile they ever owned and a big jump from their old Chevrolet,” observes Lee Peterson, their eldest of the six children.

The lengthy Lincoln purchased by the Petersons was loaded with convenient features including:

*Power seats.

*Power brakes.

*Power antenna.

*Power steering.

*Power windows.

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