Stories of love affairs with classic cars abound, but few rival the adoration that Ann Beeson maintains for her first 1976 Lincoln Continental Mark IV, which she affectionately refers to as her “Cream Puff.”
In what can only be described as love at first sight, Beeson says she immediately felt a fondness for the first of two yellow 1976 Lincoln Continental Mark IVs she has owned in her life when she and her husband, Don, bought the slightly used model from a local car dealer.
“Soon as I saw the color and the chrome and the opera windows, I knew it was the one,” she says.
Beeson drove her first Lincoln until it accumulated about 120,000 miles before trading it in for a Cadillac in 1983.
“The Cadillac was OK, as she did enjoy it, but there was always the lingering desire for the Mark IV,” says her husband, Don. “To give you an idea of how much she loved the Mark IV, she couldn’t part with it without first having it washed and the oil changed as if the car knew it was being replaced.
“I’ve never seen anyone more passionate about their car than Ann.”
In 1997, Beeson was so lovesick for her “baby” that she placed a want ad in a national car magazine to find another one. She received a call from a dentist in Pennsylvania who had stored one with 48,000 miles on it. For 16 years, Beeson stored the car, driving it only on weekends and events for the Motor Iowa club that the couple joined from 2001 to 2012.
“I was so thrilled with my new low-mileage Mark IV (license plate CRMPF) and enjoyed driving it around town and getting compliments,” she says.
Beeson somewhat reluctantly parted with her second Lincoln after a West Des Moines man spotted her driving it on Ashworth Road and offered to buy it.
“I’m 73 years old and I’m trying to downsize my life,” she says. “He seemed as passionate about the car as I was, so it made it a little easier to sell this time around. I’m happy for him because he’s excited to own it.”
Beeson currently enjoys driving her 2007 Cadillac, but it doesn’t hold a candle to her 1976 “Cream Puff.”
“They don’t make them like that anymore,” she says.
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