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

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author photo by Doug DeMuro September 2016

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.

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 pedals.

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