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Lincoln Motor Cars Through the Years


A Pictorial Glimpse at Lincoln Motor Cars Through the Years

The Lincoln Motor Company (additionally referred to just as Lincoln) (known as THE LINCOLN MOTOR COMPANY or essentially as LINCOLN) is a division of the U.S.- based Ford Motor Company that offers luxury vehicles under the Lincoln marque. Established by Henry M. Leland in 1917, Lincoln has been a Ford subsidiary since 1922. While basically sold in North America, In 2014 Ford introduced the Lincoln brand to China. Lincoln vehicles are additionally sold in the Middle East and South Korea.

The present Lincoln North America models comprise of two cars (Continental and MKZ), three hybrid utility vehicles (MKC, MKT, and MKX), plus a sport utility vehicle (Navigator/Navigator L). Lincoln likewise offers two vehicles particularly for limousine/livery, both based upon the MKT.

Acquisition by Ford

Amid the mid 1920s, Lincoln endured extreme money related issues, balancing the loss of income of Liberty motor production with the outdated design of the costly Model L. In the wake of having delivered just 150 autos in 1922, Lincoln Motor Company was forced to file into chapter 11 bankruptcy and liquidated to the Ford Motor Company for $8,000,000 on February 4, 1922; a portion of the returns of the deal went to pay off creditors.

For Henry Ford, acquiring Lincoln was a personal jubilation, as he had been forced from of his second organization (Henry Ford Company) by an investor group headed by Leland. The organization, renamed Cadillac in 1902 was acquired by General Motors in 1909, serving as the main rival to Lincoln. While Henry Ford had already presented Ford-branded luxury automobiles (the Model B Ford in 1904, the Model F Ford in 1905, and the Model K Ford in 1906), the organization had little acceptance. With the Lincoln acquisition, the nameplate turned into a top-selling rival alongside Duesenberg, Pierce-Arrow, Marmon, Peerless, and Packard.

Despite the fact that the chassis itself saw few noteworthy changes (with its L-head motor and surprising 60-degree cylinderl block), the body received major updates. At the direction of Henry's child Edsel, in 1923 many body styles were added, that included two-and three-window, four-door cars and a phaeton that accommodated four passengers. They additionally produced a two-passenger roadster along with a seven-passenger touring sedan and limousine, which were priced at $5,200. A limo, cabriolet, sedan and town car were additionally offered by Fleetwood, Derham and Dietrich coachbuilders, and a second cabriolet was available by coachbuilder Brunn. Lincoln contracted with many coachbuilders amid the 1920s and mid 30s to make various custom manufactured vehicles, which included American, Anderson, Babcock, LeBaron, Holbrook, Judkins, Lang, Locke, Murray, Willough and Towson during the 1920s. Murphy, Rollston, and Waterhouse were included the 1930s.

Model L - 1917-1930

1918 Lincoln L Touring Sedan
1918 Lincoln L Touring Sedan
1923 Lincoln Model L
1923 Lincoln Model L
1924 Lincoln Model L
1924 Lincoln Model L
1930 Lincoln Model L
1930 Lincoln Model L
1933 Lincoln L Series
1933 Lincoln L Series
Judkins-bodied 1939 Lincoln five-passenger limousine. Photo by Jeff Koch.
Judkins-bodied 1939 Lincoln five-passenger limousine. Photo by Jeff Koch.

Model K - 1930-1940

1931 Lincoln Model K
1931 Lincoln Model K
1934 Lincoln Custom
1934 Lincoln Custom
1939 Lincoln LeBaron Model K
1939 Lincoln LeBaron Model K

Zephyr - 1936-1940

1936 Lincoln Zephyr 4 Door Sedan
1936 Lincoln Zephyr 4 Door Sedan
1937 Lincoln Zephyr Club Coupe
1937 Lincoln Zephyr Club Coupe
1938 Lincoln Zephyr Convertible
1938 Lincoln Zephyr Convertible
1940 Lincoln Zephyr Business Coupe
1940 Lincoln Zephyr Business Coupe
1941 Lincoln Zephyr Club Coupe
1941 Lincoln Zephyr Club Coupe

Continental - 1939-1948 - 1956-1959 - 1961-1969 Ten Generations

Continental Division - 1956-1960

1940 Lincoln Continental
1940 Lincoln Continental
1946 Lincoln Continental Cabrolet
1946 Lincoln Continental Cabrolet
1956 Lincoln Continental
1956 Lincoln Continental
1960 Lincoln Convertible
1960 Lincoln Convertible
1962 Lincoln Continental
1962 Lincoln Continental

Mark Series - Eight Generations

Mark II - 1958-1960, Mark III - 1969-1971, Mark IV - 1972-1976, Mark V - 1977-1979, Mark VI - 1980-1983, Mark VII - 1983-1992, Mark VIII - 1993-1998,

1955 Lincoln Continental Mark II
1955 Lincoln Continental Mark II
1957 Continental Mark II
1957 Continental Mark II
1972 Lincoln
1972 Lincoln Mark V
1972 Lincoln
1977 Lincoln Mark VI

H Series - 1946-1948

EL Series - 1949-1951

1949 Lincoln 2 Door
1949 Lincoln 2 Door

Cosmopolitan - 1949-1954

1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan
1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan

Capri - 1952-1959

1953 Lincoln Capri Convertible
1953 Lincoln Capri Convertible

Premier - 1956-1960

1956 Lincoln
1956 Lincoln
1957 Lincoln Premier
1957 Lincoln Premier

Versailles - 1977-1980

1977 Lincoln Versailles
1977 Lincoln Versailles
1977 Lincoln Versailles
1977 Lincoln Versailles

MKZ - 2005-present

2010 Lincoln MKZ
2010 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ

Continental Full Size Sedan - 2016-present

2017 Lincoln Continental
2017 Lincoln Continental
2017 Lincoln Continental
2017 Lincoln Continental


MKX - Mid-size Crossover - 2006-present

MKT - Full Size Crossover - 2010-present

2015 Lincoln MKT Limo
2015 Lincoln MKT Limo

MKC - Compact Crossover - 2013-present

Pickups

1921 Lincoln Pickup
1921 Lincoln Pickup
2006 Lincoln Mark LT Pickup
2006 Lincoln Mark LT Pickup


SUVs

Navigator - Full Size SUV - 1998-present

2000 Lincoln Navigaor
2000 Lincoln Navigaor


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