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The Lincoln LS Was a Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Offered With a Stick Shift

There was a time, not really all that long ago, when Lincoln made a rear-wheel-drive sport sedan with a stick shift. I’m serious. This actually happened within the last 15 years. It was called the Lincoln LS. While you may remember it, you probably don’t remember it was rear-wheel drive, and you could get it with three pedals. See the Lincoln LS models for sale near you

Here’s the backstory: Back when Ford was buying desirable luxury car brands (and also Volvo), they purchased Jaguar and decided to create a platform that could underpin both a Jaguar and a Lincoln. The result was the 2000-2008 Jaguar S-Type and the 2000-2006 Lincoln LS, which shared a platform, a V6 engine and surprisingly little of anything else. The two sedans used completely different bodywork, V8 engines and transmissions. In the U.S., the Jags were all automatic. The LS offered a stick shift.

Now, I’m not exactly sure why the LS offered a stick shift, because nobody purchased it, and it was dropped after just 3 model years. But, there are stick-shift LSs out there, roaming around and being driven to the Lincoln dealer for service, where the service advisor can’t figure out why it won’t start until he realizes there’s a clutch pedal. Then, he has to call over someone else to move it, because he works at a Lincoln dealership and hasn’t driven a manual car in 25 years.

Unfortunately, the stick-shift LS had one drawback. It was only offered with the V6 engine, which put out just 210 to 220 horsepower, depending on the year. The 3.9-liter V8 engine, which offered a more muscular 252 hp, was only available with a 4-speed automatic. However, the fact remains that if you want an American sport sedan with rear-wheel drive and a stick shift, you could theoretically buy a Lincoln.

This is, of course, assuming you can find one. Of the 371 LS models currently listed on Autotrader, merely two have three pedalsFind a Lincoln LS for sale

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Doug Demuro
Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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  1. We love our 2006 LS, Yep! one of only 8000 built before they shut down the program.  Its an awesome unique car so sad it died in the show rooms.  Ford blow it, looking for a new market share thinking they could pull from the BMW 5 series group, are you kidding, the BMW people I know are happy dedicated people. 

    Ford just did not know how to advertise/market this kind of sport sedan.
    I understand they are racing them in California. The few stick shift out there will be true collector items some day.
    Remember that old country song “My Hot Rod Lincoln” Ford did accomplish that.  I have a 96 mustang GT, I think the LS is faster.
    Keeping ours a low miler 50K we do not drive it in MI winters.
    Only issue with ours, has blown 2 coils, go-figure.  
  2. In 2003 I believe they went through a facelift that made the LS MUCH more desirable. Pre ’03s were pretty iffy as far as the interior was concerned. 

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