She’s long and low, black and chrome. A steady rhythm thumps out from the engine, the steam escaping into the night air. They don’t make them like this anymore…haven’t for years now, it seems. Back in the day, when it was new, it would’ve been a solid cruiser for someone who loved the yachts of the 1950s but wanted a new car. Now, though…this one went rogue. Parked in a neat driveway in a nice neighborhood isn’t in the cards for this Ford anymore. No, happiness will be found out on an open desert road, in the rest stops and diners along the way.
Ok, I might have gone into a trance for a moment. Growing up, these LTDs seemed to be everywhere…huge, ungainly, in no hurry to get out of anybody’s way, and taking up enough space to fit a couple of Hyundais in. They were dinosaurs when they were sold new, huge barges that drank fuel like a dehydrated camel drinks water, useable for either engine donation or a demolition derby. But there is something about this particular 1977 LTD that works. What is it? The first slickroof coupe I can recollect seeing of this generation? The simple black-and-chrome color scheme? I might not know what the draw is, but there is one for this Ford.
Details are limited, but the seller obviously had a similar vision for this car than I’m currently having. So let’s check out how it works with the $5,000 Rough Start budget: Pay $2,200 for Ford. What do you use the rest of your money for? Whatever you desire as you rip down a dusty two-lane with the sun almost out of sight, that’s what.