1977 Lincoln Continental with a Mercedes V12

1977 Lincoln Continental with a Mercedes V12

Shabir Uddin imported a 1977 Lincoln Continental from Texas to his company BU Motors in Huddersfield, England. That car came with only 27,000 miles on the odometer and a 460 ci 385-series V8 under the hood connected to a C6 three-speed automatic transmission.

1977 Lincoln Continental with a Mercedes V12

1977 Lincoln Continental with a Mercedes V12

Shabir did not like the power output of the smog-era big-block V8. He figured the money spent upgrading the V8 could be used to install something more powerful and smoother running. That’s when he decided to use a 6.0 L M120 V12 from a Mercedes W140 with 68,000 miles. The project took eight months to complete with crucial help from F&R Engineering and MS2 Tuning.

1977 Lincoln Continental with a Mercedes V12

As one might expect the 6.0 L V12 required a lot of work. F&R Engineering needed to modify the power steering system, engine mounts, crossmember, front accessories and pulleys, throttle bodies, radiator, oil pan, and driveshaft. MS2 Tuning tuned the engine using a Megasquirt ECU. The engine’s internals remain stock, so its expected to output around 420 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque.

1977 Lincoln Continental with a Mercedes V12

He also replaced the factory three-speed for a Mercedes W140 four-speed automatic. However the rear end was kept stock with 2.75 gears.

1977 Lincoln Continental with a Mercedes V12

1977 Lincoln Continental with a Mercedes V12

Shabir finished the project with a new coat of red paint accented with custom gold pinstriping. The plush interior was in great shape and left alone.

1977 Lincoln Continental with a Mercedes V12

1977 Lincoln Continental with a Mercedes V12

If you are interested in owning the car please contact Shabir at Merc600w140@ntlworld.com

1977 Lincoln Continental with a Mercedes V12

1977 Lincoln Continental with a Mercedes V12

10 Comments

  1. JimmyinTEXAS

    The pillows and rugs are a little over the top. lol
    I would like to ride in this thing. I bet it will haul the mail along with anything else that happens to be in the seat.

  2. Mike in Wichita

    I’m sure the 460 could be built to similar power numbers and I think a later model 4-speed auto trans could be found easy enough. Seems like a lot of needlessly complicated work was done for no real reason.

    • Shabir uddin

      you would never get a 460 to idle like a v12 trust me and the power of the v12 range is unparalleled to the the 460 and instant torq when needed. also the trans is super smooth we are talking 90,s German technology is far above a aftermarket 3 speed in the 70,s believe as this is tried and tested thanks

  3. Doug

    To get a 460 to produce power like the V12 Benz engine, and still idle quietly and smoothly, you would need to do serious internal strength updates to rotating assembly. Then run a roots supercharger in conjunction with large dual turbos. The 385 series engines were a very smooth running engine stock, and if you could build it strong enough to take 30 psi boost, you would have in excess of 1200 lbs/ft torque.

  4. Peter Hawley

    So sad to see all this effort and money put into this series of Continental. The ’64-’65 models with center-opening doors were far better designs and much more interesting. Imagine the latest Hemmings offering (a ’64 convertable) with these modifications!

  5. SHABIR UDDIN

    for me its the looks and smooth drive and isolation of the 77 which the 64 dont have am afraid, but hey everyone has they own view also finding one with 27000 original miles is hard.

    • SHABIR UDDIN

      A GOOD MECHANIC WILL KNOW THAT A V12 IS A V12 IT HAS 4 EXTRA CYLINDERS FOR A REASON A 460 WILL NEVER IDLE LIKE A V12 PERIOD UNLESS YOU HAVE A MAGIC SPELL

  6. Doug

    Would have been far cheaper to twin turbo the 460. You can get internals strong enough easily for the 385 series Ford engines. You could also have used a centrifugal supercharger that could get you in excess of 800 lbs/ft of torque at a very low rpm, again using readily available engine parts. The 385 series of engines were the smoothest of the big block engines.
    I would have expected the repaint would have at least removed the doors in order to do the door frames and jams. The trick is to paint the doors first with the hinges in place, them move the hinges to the car and put them back on using the marks from where they were before removal, then paint the door jams. Clear coat it, then put the hinges back on the doors and clear coat the internals. Put doors back on using the marks you used before and the doors should be as good as they were before. Now paint the car. Did you also not paint the trunk opening?

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