In what would have to be considered one of the more unusual options offered by Lincoln in the late seventies, the Fixed Glass Moonroof was made available for those who desired the additional light and views a glass panel roof would offer, but without any of the potential drawbacks (like wind noise and the fear of water leaks) that a power-operated Moonroof that opened and closed might present. Despite being offered for three years, the fixed glass panel is very rare in comparison to the one that opened to admit fresh air. Apparently there was a very limited market for a glass panel that didn't open, especially considering the cost for both was the same for two of the three years they were offered together.
The option consisted of a reflective one-way tinted fixed glass panel that covered nearly the entire forward portion of the roof itself! The glass panel featured a chrome border around its edge, and sat nearly flush with the metal surface. It was available with either a full vinyl roof, Coach roof, or painted, non-vinyl roof.
Lincoln Continentals ordered with the Fixed Glass Moonroof option were delivered to American Sunroof Corporation (ASC) for the modification, just like cars ordered with a Power Moonroof would have been. An interior sliding sunscreen was provided to block the sun and its heat when necessary. The sunscreen was manually-operated by either the driver or a front seat passenger.
Initially, the Fixed Glass Moonroof was just slightly more expensive than the powered version, with a cost of $954 compared to $938 for the Power Moonroof. A mid-year increase raised the price of the Fixed Glass Moonroof option to $960. For 1978 and 1979, the Fixed Glass Moonroof was priced at $1,027 and $1,088, respectively, which was identical to the cost of the Power Moonroof at the time.
This option was inspired by the 1954 Ford Crestline Skyliner, 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria Skyliner, 1955 Mercury Monterey Sun Valley, and 1955 Mercury Montclair Sun Valley, all of which offered a transparent green Plexiglas section over the front section of the roof, which extended a little more than halfway back. (Ford also offered a transparent top on the 1956 Crown Victoria, but it wasn't a separate model as it had been.) These models offered a snap-in interior sunshade for the hotter months when the additional heat might not be appreciated. And if one thing had to be identified as an issue at the time, it was heat. It was said that desert testing revealed an interior temperature gain of just 5 degrees with the sun shade removed, when compared to a standard hardtop configuration. The green tint gave the car interior a strange hue, and in an article Motor Trend Magazine even went so far as to suggest a young lady might as well switch to green lipstick when checking her makeup inside the car!
The Fixed Glass Moonroof is one of the rarer options offered on Lincolns of this vintage, and it's a real conversation piece when people first see one. This is another example of a time when automobile manufacturers used to build unique cars that had their own individual look and personality, and often had options and trim and paint colors that really set them apart from everything else on the road.
1977: 2-Door models 1,347
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Well Documented With Original Paperwork And Copies Of Original Title
Rare Find With Factory MOON ROOF
Smooth Running 460 CID V8 That Has Been Updated
Power Disc Brakes
Automatic Ice Cold Air Conditioning That Has Been Converted To R134
Working Factory In Dash Electric Clock
Factory AM/FM 8 Track Stereo Radio
Rear Window Electric Defroster
Tilt Steering Wheel With Cruise Controls
Full Gauge Instrumentation
Interval Wiper Control
Power Leather Split Bench Seat
Dual Side View Mirrors With Remote Control
Power Trunk Release
Full Power Drivers Seat
Power Passenger Seat With Recliner
Annoying Seat Belt Buzzer Still Works..
Appears To Be Original Gleaming Medium Ember Diamond Bright Paint Work With White Dual Side Stripes
Original Soft Leather Chamois Interior
Rolling On Radial Dual Stripe White Wall Tires On Lincoln Aluminum Turbine Wheels
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