It’s a first-generation model too

Most modern cars are considered obsolete by the time they hit 200,000 miles on the odometer. Some say that this is because cars aren’t as reliable as they used to be. It’s difficult to argue if this is 100-percent true or not, but the truth is we’ve heard of plenty of old cars that have been driven more than one million miles. One such example is this 1983 Lincoln Town Car, which showed 1.3 million miles on its odo when this footage was filmed several years ago.

It takes a passionate driver to do it

The owner of this big American sedan has been driving his car coast to coast for 25 years.

So it’s no wonder that he managed to clock more than one million miles. However, it’s laudable that he chose to do so with the same car. How did he manage to put so many miles on an old sedan? Well, the secret lies in regular visits for mandatory check-ups at the mechanic, as well as taking full advantage of Ford’s lifetime warranty. The engine and the transmission were also rebuilt, a must-do operation after the first few hundred thousand miles.

What is a 1938 Lincoln Town Car?

Someone Has Put More Than 1.3 Million Miles on a Lincoln Town Car
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The Town Car was introduced for the 1981 model year as a full-size luxury sedan. Essentially a premium alternative to the Ford LTD Crown Victoria, it was also related to the Mercury Grand Marquis and the sixth-generation Lincoln Continental. The first-gen model featured a 4.9-liter V-8 engine that was rated at 140 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque for the 1983 and 1984 model years.

1983 Lincoln Town Car specifications
Engine 4.9-liter V-8 engine
Horsepower 140 HP
Torque 250 LB-FT
Someone Has Put More Than 1.3 Million Miles on a Lincoln Town Car
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The Lincoln Town Car was redesigned in 1990, with the second-generation model also based on the popular Ford Crown Victoria. Its reliability is far from surprising, as the Crown Victoria itself is known for being one of the toughest passenger cars built in the United States and its long career as a police interceptor and fleet car.

Ciprian Florea
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Ciprian's passion for everything with four wheels (and more) started back when he was just a little boy, and the Lamborghini Countach was still the coolest car poster you could hang on your wall. Ciprian's career as a journalist began long before earning a Bachelor's degree, but it was only after graduating that his love for cars became a profession.  Read More
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