It was an upscale trim package on Continentals in the 70's. Then it became it's own model in 1981 on a downsized bodystyle known as the "panther" platform. It lost it's boxy design in 1990, and again in 1998, making the body more aero looking each time. Towncars went on to be a stereotypical senior citizen mobile, gangster mobile, and also an extremely popular livery car for the rest of it's life. By the 2000's, it was the biggest car in production and large luxury cars had completly lost popularity. The majority went to Livery companies, and the Town Car and panther platform in general were phased out in 2011.
Mike: That things an old school beast, but he doesn't drive much. He's 85 years old.