Here’s why the Lincoln Continental is a bargain for American luxury cars

It’s hard to find a car that has been loved by so many generations like the Lincoln Continental. First produced as a personal vehicle for President Edsel Ford of the Michigan automaker Ford Motor Company, the Lincoln Continental was built from the blueprints of the streamlined Lincoln-Zephyr.

The automaker envisioned the prototype as a vehicle used by Ford while vacationing in Florida, but once Edsel Ford’s friends saw the vehicle, they were immediately interested in it. What came is predictable; Edsel informed the Michigan plant that the affluent class had an interest in the car and that the high demand could make the luxury car a success in the marketplace, so production of the Lincoln Continental began. Most of the first batch were convertibles, but the Michigan plant actually produced a limited number of coupes. Since the hand-built 1939 models hit the market, the Continental has come a long way.

Ford has produced ten generations of Lincoln Continental, and although the automaker sometimes stopped production, this vehicle has been on the market since 1940, all the way to October 2020. Few vehicles can boast such a long history. Today, the Lincoln Continental has become an American classic and buyers can get their hands on this luxury vehicle at very reasonable prices, so here’s why this car remains a bargain.

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Used Lincoln Continental cars have an affordable price

2017 Lincoln Continental
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In general, used luxury cars have high prices, but this is not the case for the Lincoln Continental. Websites like Edmunds have several Lincoln Continental model years for sale, with prices ranging from $18,788 for a 2017 model year with 101,905 miles on it, all the way up to $50,950 for a 2020 model with 11,975 miles. Prices up Carfax are in a similar range. In short, this is a very affordable luxury car. To put things in perspective, Continental rivals, the Audi A8 and BMW Series 7 come with higher price points. For buyers looking for an affordable luxury sedan, the Continental is the best option.

Maintenance and repair costs are low for a luxury vehicle

2019 Lincoln Continental 80th Anniversary Coach Door Edition
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Luxury cars are expensive to maintain and repair. This is especially true for German vehicles, which are notoriously expensive to maintain. According to Lantern, Porsche is the most expensive luxury car brand to maintain, followed by BMW, Land Rover, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz. From CarEdge‘s research, maintenance and repair costs for Porsche vehicle models average $22,075 over the course of the first 10 years of ownership. Meanwhile, servicing and repairs on BMW vehicles averaged $19,312 during the same period. At the same time, the survey ranks Lincoln car models fifth in its list of the most affordable luxury car brands to maintain. Lincoln car models come right after Infiniti, with average maintenance and repair costs of $12,099 during their first decade of service. However, the Infiniti car models remain slightly more affordable, with average maintenance and repair costs of $11,830 over their first 10 years of service.

Finding affordable auto parts is another aspect that should be seriously considered. As the pandemic hit supply chains hard, dealers and mechanic shops struggled to find auto parts for German vehicles. And even when mechanics could secure these components, they had to pay more for them because they came from abroad, which increased shipping costs. Conversely, US buyers have more options and can get more reasonably priced aftermarket parts for US cars in the domestic market.

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The Lincoln Continental is a reliable and durable luxury sedan

Lincoln Continental sunroof
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Known for its reliability and safety features, this American classic tops several rankings as the safest and most reliable vehicle. For example the Department of Road Transport (NHTSA) gave the 2020 model year an overall rating of 5 stars.

The 2017 and 2018 model years received the same 5-star rating. The ratings look otherwise promising when we analyze durability and reliability, as the Lincoln Continental is known for its high-quality construction. As such, Consumer Reports gave the 2020 Continental model a reliability score of 4 out of 5. Other models also scored well. Drivers like to emphasize that this vehicle is not only safe and reliable, but also fun to drive. In short, luxury car enthusiasts who do not want to spend their budget on their dream car should consider this American luxury sedan as there are not many drawbacks to it.

If President John F. Kennedy and some other presidents after him found this vehicle reliable, the rest of the world should too. It’s worth noting that President Kennedy’s 1962 Lincoln Continental is actually considered the more expensive presidential vehicle in the US, as it cost $1.74 million when inflation is taken into account, according to The Irish Times.

Sources: Lantern Credit, Carfax, Edmunds, The Irish Times and Car Parts.

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