First Cadillac, First Lincoln

First Cadillac, First Lincoln

Hey, Duane here! In my sequence of cars, I neglected to mention my brief ownership of the red 1969 Cadillac Eldorado.

1969 Cadillac Eldorado

The period was late 1991, 3 ½ years before purchasing my red twin-turbo Supra. I owned the white 1987 Supra, white 1969 Hurst/Olds, and newly purchased red 1969 Eldorado. Mine was a 20-footer; it looked good at a distance. And it was the same generation as my toy Eldorado from childhood.

Red 1969 Cadillac Eldorado
1969 Cadillac Eldorado (this one much nicer than mine)

My friend, Flamin’ Jamin of the stolen Corvette fiasco, moved back a second time from California in 1992. Months later, Jamin convinced me to sell the red Eldorado to him. I enjoyed the Eldorado and it satisfied a childhood desire, but the timing was right as I could use the cash for my new house.

Years Pass

Over the next six years, I traded the white Supra for the red Supra, purchased the black Typhoon, and just sold the 1969 Hurst/Olds after 20 years of ownership. Also during this time, my flamboyant friend Jamin, instrumental in my purchases of the white and red Supras, passed away unexpectedly. That was a sad day indeed, and I still think about him.

Advancing another three years to late 2001, the Supra and Typhoon remained happily parked in the garage, but my desire for a classic luxury car had not subsided.

1969 Lincoln Mark III

My first connection with a Mark III was seeing the neighbor’s Lincoln Continental Mark III parked in their driveway as a kid. What caught my eye was the raised “Continental Kit” formed into the trunk lid and the classy “Rolls Royce” style grill. It looked rakish with its low roofline, long hood, and flared wheel openings. I wondered why the neighbor didn’t clean their cluttered garage so they could park their cool-looking Lincoln inside.

I sometimes scanned the newspaper classifieds, and on this occasion in late 2001, there was an advertised 1969 Lincoln Continental Mark III. Dark blue exterior with blue leather interior and black vinyl roof, I was intrigued. It was offered for sale by a southside car collector selling part of his collection.

Money on Fire

Money in the bank was like money on fire. The best way to put out the flame was to spend it. And where better to spend that money than on this advertised blue Lincoln?

Blue 1969 Lincoln Mark III
1969 Lincoln Mark III (like mine)

I really liked looking at the Lincoln, but my blue Mark III sure had unexpected mechanical issues. Among its problems were reoccurring carburetor issues that eventually killed my interest. No one likes an undependable car, and my blue Lincoln was consistently unreliable, in part because it previously sat for a long while. By the time my mechanic finally resolved the problems, I concluded that I liked looking at the Lincoln far more than driving it.

The summer of 2002, after less than a year of ownership, my blue 1969 Lincoln Mark III sold to a college student wanting a cool older car. He had no regrets. A few months before selling the blue Lincoln, I purchased another vehicle. Next Sunday, meet that other vehicle. Thanks, and always drive with allure!

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