For 2006, the Lincoln Town Car receives mostly cosmetic changes. There are new wheels: the Signature Limited’s new 10-spoke aluminum, the Designer Series’ 18-spoke chrome wheel, and an optional 18-spoke chrome wheel. New colours are Pewter Metallic and Dark Cherry Metallic, plus two new two-tone combinations, while Norsea Blue Metallic bows out.

Inside, the compass display moves from the console to the instrument cluster, new Medium Light Camel interior replaces Light Parchment, and the standard audio system on the Signature L is an in-dash six-CD system, rather than a trunk-mounted changer as it was in 2005. As well, the navigation system package now uses an integrated THX Certified Audiophile System.

The largest of Lincoln’s sedans, the Town Car comes in the Signature Limited, Designer Series and the long-wheelbase Signature L for retail customers, as well as three additional models for fleet sales only. All models use a 4.6-litre V8 with a four-speed transmission.

Features on the Signature Limited include four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, all-speed traction control, keyless entry keypad, heated mirrors with memory and auto-dimming on the driver’s side, power trunk lid, 17-inch aluminum wheels, 40/20/40 eight-way power heated seats with memory, six-CD stereo, auto-dimming rearview mirror, power-adjustable pedals, power tilt wheel with wood inserts, side airbags and dual zone electronic climate control.

The Designer Series adds a chrome B-pillar and door handles, 17-inch chrome wheels, adjustable rear headrests, two-tone door trim panels and “Provence” leather seats.

The long-wheelbase Signature L adds a heavy-duty front stabilizer bar, and a rear-seat amenities package that includes illuminated cigar lighters, a folding rear seat armrest with storage and tissue bins and dual power points, redundant audio and climate controls, redundant front passenger seat fore and aft control, four-way head restraints and heated rear seats.

The Town Car may be a dinosaur, but what a dinosaur it is. Huge, ridiculously comfortable and with better handling and brakes than its size would suggest, it continues to sell fairly well in a world where many people now want their luxury cars to be fast, nimble Teutonic sedans. The smaller Lincoln LS is more of a driver’s car, and the new Lincoln Zephyr is $21,190 less, but sometimes there’s just no substitute for old-world style. Sink into that butter-soft leather, and tell the chauffeur where you want to go.

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