- Posted by Sanderson Lincoln
- On February 1, 2016
Lincoln is a well-established automobile brand. Founded by Henry Leland and his son, Wilfred, in 1917, they manufactured Liberty motors during World War I.
Abraham Lincoln was the first president for whom Henry Leland had voted, so he decided to name the car company after him. After the war had ended, the Lelands decided to manufacture luxury cars. Their first Lincoln was completed in 1920.
Ford Motor Company
In late 1921, the Lelands found themselves with several problems. The post-war economy was not good and there were various issues among their stockholders. As they were in such financial trouble, they decided to sell their company to Henry Ford’s Ford Motor Company in 1922. Henry Ford’s son, Edsel, was named president of Lincoln and provided the direction and inspiration for Lincoln motorcars for the rest of his life.
During the rest of the 1920s, Lincolns were offered with both factory-built and custom-built bodies. There were roadsters as well as elegant open town cars. Sales soared and by mid-decade, Lincolns became known as one of the world’s best motorcars.
Lincoln introduced the K series in 1931. The V-12 powered KB series was then introduced in 1932. Even when the luxury market started to dry up in the 1930s with the Great Depression, Lincoln continued to persevere by building superb autos that people wanted to drive.
Ford noted that the luxury market was declining, so they introduced a mid-price model in 1935. This was the Lincoln Zephyr, a more aerodynamic car that was powered by a smaller V-12. It proved a success.
The Lincoln Continental was introduced in 1939, and it was originally designed as a one-off. The car was such a hit that it went into limited production and eventually became the iconic model of the brand.
Post-World War II Lincolns
After the World War II, Lincolns featured a new design. They were well received, but were soon upstaged by Cadillac. In 1961 Lincoln’s new design became one of the most heralded and influential designs of the 1960s. When most car companies were using a lot of chrome, Lincoln returned to a more understated, elegant look. It was called the “Continental look” and it established a new design and style for the brand.
Lincoln Town Cars
The Lincoln Town Car was introduced in 1981 and by 2006 it was the largest American-made car, measuring almost 18 feet. Lincoln introduced their Luxury Sport brand in 2002, and also began producing mid-sized, luxury SUV in the new century.
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