1973 FORD LTD pillarless hardtop sedan 400ci For Sale

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Coleshill, N. Warks. , United Kingdom
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Left-hand drive
4 door saloon
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Air Conditioning, Power-assisted Steering (PAS)
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AM/FM Stereo, CD Player
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Description 1973 FORD LTD pillarless hardtop sedan 400ci

Hello, I`m a bit sad today advertising my LTD for sale but I have several and they`re bleeding me dry! Space is also becoming a major issue in my yard too and as this car`s ready to go, its the one to move on. I`ve lowered the advertised price a little more, to facilitate a quick sale.
It was bought by me last year from a nice chap in Orlando, Florida and I`ve been using it most days from January to get me to work. The car originally came from California and moved to Florida and this shows up in the complete lack of rot/corrosion in the bodywork. There`s light surface corrosion underneath (floorpans etc) and on the chassis as you`d expect but that`s all it is. The car has sat in a garage little used so there were a few running issues initially to remedy but overall, this old barge`s in excellent condition mechanically and especially the body. The paint has had a respray sometime in the distant past as a lot of cars in the US seem have had, this one`s been done well and only a close inspection reveals its not the original factory applied stuff. There are no runs / overspray / orange peel etc present, just some flackiness here and there. The original vinyl top was wrecked by the sun and so was removed. They are available from the States as a kit and are around $200 or so plus the shipping of course but it would be rather costly in labour if a professional fitted it. I painted the roof instead - OK, you may not approve of the colour (should have been `limeflower` but I ended up with this colour!) but all the hard prep work has obviously been done now so if you wish to change the colour, it would be quite easy to do or just replace the vinyl top. All of the original chromed edging strips are present and are in excellent order and have been refitted. All of the wheelarch trims are damaged to some degree or other and the bumper rubbing strips but the rest of the external trim is sound. 
The interior trim`s in above average condition but not without its faults. There are the usual cracks in both the steering wheel and door pull / arm rest plastics but not in the dash top as I found a second hand example in the States for sensible money (until I added the shipping cost!) The headliner also has some slight damage to the rear but the carpets are in very good shape if a touch colour faded.. The glassware is in excellent order and damage free with all four side windows operating normally. When they are all down the pillarless design makes for a spacious, airy feel with a very pleasant movement of air around the cabin but without the sun beating down onto your head! There are small tears in the cloth material on the rear bench seat and the front bench seat has been recovered using vinyl which itself has now picked up some minor damage over the years. The only electrical equipment that doesn`t work is, inevitably, the air conditioning. The system is complete with the exception of the compressor pump which I`ve fitted to another car of mine. Remanufactured units are available for around £2-300 but I found dropping all the side windows works just as well and is more refreshing! The clock didn`t work so was replaced with a digital unit that keeps excellent time.  The old radio  didn`t work either so I`ve replaced that too with a single CD/FM radio head unit. When changing the dash top, I replaced the single defunct original speaker for two new ones fitted in the same location, the sound isn`t great though.
As far as the mechanical side of the car, there are no problems to report on except a weepy valve cover gasket. The brakes are very strong and powerful including the handbrake - equal to a modern in my opinion - pulling up square without drama. The engine turns over and starts immediately on its auto choke and can be driven straight away but it also warms up very quickly anyway.  A refurbished carburettor and distributor have been fitted plus a new battery. I have an electronic ignition kit for the distributor but the contact points have, indeed are proving to be reliable without requiring persistent attention so I havn`t fitted the kit. Any running issues I experienced have been eliminated and there is evidence of periodic maintenance from the car`s previous owner. There are no issues that I`m aware of that will require any work. 
In conclusion, the car drives well, engine, suspension and brakes all operating fine. The handling is very much US in its nature ie soft, comfortable and loose. It weighs over 2 tonnes and so leans a lot and has plenty of inertia so dislikes rapid changes in direction! Those familiar with old American cars will have no problems but if you`ve only driven/used to European or modern stuff, then this car may not be to your liking. This car`s very much a cruiser, at around 40-50 mph, its very easy going and relaxing to drive. Oh yes, those of you asking `what`s it doin to the gallon` will be verbally abused without mercy!
Viewings & questions welcomed by email or `phone 07952 114042 (Paul). I`m located just outside Coleshill, B46   
Thanks for looking.                     

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