Auto Monday – Lincoln

2224747944_08105b041b_oFounded in 1917 by Henry M. Leland and acquired by Ford in 1922, Lincoln has manufactured vehicles since the 1920s. Leland named the brand after his longtime hero Abraham Lincoln.

Despite often sharing underpinnings with less-expensive Fords, the Continental was usually a distinctively styled, highly equipped luxury car.

The flagship model Lincoln during most its run, the Continental name conveyed special cachet in the product line. It was largely replaced by the Lincoln LS.

lincoln-cars4While this was not the first car to either carry its spare above the rear bumper or integrated into the rear bodywork, it was the first to do it so elegantly and thus this feature became known as a “Continental tire” even if the design was found on other brands. Similar spare tire placements added to more prosaic automobiles were also described as a “Continental kit”, borrowing their name from the production Lincoln Continental.

Ford’s top of the line Lincoln is probably best remembered for its center opening suicide doors and also for being the vehicle transporting President Kennedy on his fateful day.

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One Response to Auto Monday – Lincoln

  1. fretwalker says:

    Henry Martyn Leland, interesting guy! He’s probably remembered more for founding Cadillac than for Lincoln, and even less-known for inventing the electric barber clippers!

    The birth of Lincoln is an interesting bit of history. After selling Cadillac to General Motors (1909?), Leland stayed on as an executive until 1917, when the US gov’t approached Cadillac to build aircraft engines for the World War. William C.Durant, GM’s president, was a pacifist and wanted no involvement in the war effort, so Leland left to form the Lincoln Co. to produce Liberty aircraft engines. By the time production got rolling, the war was ending and Leland had a factory and a bunch of engines on his hands. Obviously, he found something to do with his engines!

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