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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.

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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1920s, Lincoln endured extreme money related issues, balancing the loss of income of Liberty motor production with the outdated design of the costly Model L. In the wake of having delivered just 150 autos in 1922, Lincoln Motor Company was forced to file into chapter 11 bankruptcy and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.

Lincoln 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
After leaving the company over a dispute with William Durant over World War I production, Cadillac founder Henry Leland created the Lincoln Motor Company. the company produced Liberty V12 aircraft engines as its only source of revenue. With the war finished Lelands decided to make the Lincoln Motor car. The company was reorganised in 1920 & created the first L-series car in 1920, for sale as a 1921 model.

The L series was designed by Angus Woodbridge, the son-in-law of Henry Leland; trained as a ladies hat maker, the design of the L series was considered old-fashioned for the time. In the years following World War I, the Lincoln Motor Company struggled in the postwar recession with repeated, false tax evasion claims.

Lincoln 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
The original Model K appeared in the 1931 model year on a new chassis with a 145 in (3683 mm) wheelbase. Factory bodies included two- and four-door phaetons, the latter available as a dual-cowl model. The 384.8 in³ (6.3 L) engine was a derivative of the earlier L-series 60° V8, but a dual venturi downdraft Stromberg carburetor, higher compression, and altered timing raised the power to 120 hp (89 kW). It competed with the recently introduced Chrysler Imperial, Rolls-Royce Phantom II, Mercedes-Benz 770, Duesenberg Model J, Packard Eight, and the Cadillac Series 355.

Lincoln 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

Lincoln Mark Series - Eight Generations

1955 Lincoln Continental Mark II
1955 Lincoln Continental Mark II
1957 Continental Mark II
1957 Lincoln Continental Mark II
1972 Lincoln
1972 Lincoln
1972 Lincoln
1972 Lincoln
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,

Lincoln H Series - 1946-1948

1947 Lincoln H Series Club Coupe
1947 Lincoln H Series Club Coupe
1948 Lincoln H Series Sedan
1948 Lincoln H Series Sedan
The Lincoln H-series is a full-size luxury car that was sold by Lincoln from the 1946 through the 1948 model years. Their appearance was very similar to the contemporaneous Lincoln Continental coupe and convertible. An electric clock was standard. This series of vehicles continued to use the 305 in³ (4.8 L) 65° L-head Lincoln V12 engine.

Lincoln EL Series - 1949-1951

1949 Lincoln 2 Door
1949 Lincoln 2 Door
1950 Lincoln 2 Door
1950 Lincoln 2 Door
The first all-new postwar Lincolns were introduced on April 22, 1948. They had a more streamlined appearance than the 1948 models, reflecting "ponton" styling. However the new two-piece windshield seemed a bit out of sync with the modern styling. From a distance it was hard to tell a Lincoln apart from a Mercury. Recessed headlights and a shinier front end set it apart. The 337 cubic inch Lincoln flathead V8 produced 152 hp at 3600 rpm.

Lincoln Cosmopolitan - 1949-1954

1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan
1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan
1953 Lincoln Cosmopolitan
1953 Lincoln Cosmopolitan
In 1949, Lincoln introduced its first postwar bodies, also marking the first product lines of the combined Lincoln-Mercury Division. Although sharing many body panels with the Mercury Eight and the standard Lincoln, the 1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan was marketed as the flagship of the Lincoln line; the model was distinguished by its own rear roofline.

Lincoln Capri - 1952-1959

1953 Lincoln Capri Convertible
1953 Lincoln Capri Convertible
1959 Lincoln Capri
1959 Lincoln Capri
Introduced as a premium trim variant of the two-door Lincoln Cosmopolitan, the Capri was introduced in 1952 as a stand-alone model line serving as the premium Lincoln. With the introduction of the Lincoln Premiere (and Continental), the Capri replaced the Cosmopolitan as the standard Lincoln product line. The Lincoln Capri was produced across three generations; following its withdrawal, Lincoln rebranded the Capri using only its division name (following a practice used from 1946 to 1951). Along with the Lincoln Premiere and the Continental model lines, the Lincoln Capri was replaced by the 1961 Lincoln Continental.

Lincoln Premier - 1956-1960

1956 Lincoln Premier
1956 Lincoln Premier
1957 Lincoln Premier
1957 Lincoln Premier
The Premiere was introduced in 1956 as an upscale version of the Lincoln Capri. It featured a 368 cu in (6.0 L) Lincoln Y-Block V8 and it was approximately 223" long in 1956. The vehicle weighed 4357 lb and had a base price of $4,601 in 1956, which converts to roughly $41,482 in current dollars. The top-end Lincoln, it was substantially different from the much more expensive Continental Mark II sold by Ford's Continental Motorcars division.

Lincoln Versailles - 1977-1980

1977 Lincoln Versailles
1977 Lincoln Versailles
1977 Lincoln Versailles
1977 Lincoln Versailles
During the development of the Lincoln Versailles, Ford had a smaller budget than General Motors. As it was released in 1977, the Lincoln Versailles showed relatively few exterior differences from the Mercury Monarch sold beside it in the same showroom. With the front fascia, the body was restyled slightly from the Monarch to give a resemblance to the Continental Mark V and restyled 1977 Lincoln Continental Town Car. In a major departure, the Versailles marked the debut of rectangular headlamps on a Lincoln, also becoming the first Lincoln with exposed headlamps since 1969. The rear fascia was restyled slightly, with a Mark V styled "Continental spare" trunklid lettered LINCOLN instead of CONTINENTAL.

Lincoln MKZ - 2005-present

2005 Lincoln MKZ
2005 Lincoln MKZ
2010 Lincoln MKZ
2010 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2012 Lincoln MKZ
2017 Lincoln MKZ
2017 Lincoln MKZ
Ford redesigned the Lincoln MKZ for the 2013 model year, sharing the company's CD4 platform with Fusion and Mondeo. The concept model debuted at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. The production version of the second-generation MKZ was unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show. It followed the general concept idea released in the model displayed at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.

Lincoln Continental - Tenth Generation - 2016-present

2017 Lincoln Continental
2017 Lincoln Continental
2017 Lincoln Continental
2017 Lincoln Continental
2019 Lincoln Continental
2019 Lincoln Continental
In the fall of 2016, after a fourteen-year absence from the Lincoln model line, a new tenth generation Continental went on sale. Previewed by a namesake concept car at the 2015 New York Auto Show, the 2017 Lincoln Continental is the successor of the Lincoln MKS. The Continental is manufactured in Flat Rock, Michigan, alongside the Ford Mustang. This is the first Continental generation since 1958 that is not assembled at the Ford Motor Company Wixom Assembly Plant.

Lincoln SUVs

Lincoln MKX - Mid-size Crossover (2006-2018)

2006 Lincoln MKX
2006 Lincoln MKX
2011 Lincoln MKX
2011 Lincoln MKX
2015 Lincoln MKX
2015 Lincoln MKX
2018 Lincoln MKX
2018 Lincoln MKX
The Lincoln MKX is a 5-passenger mid-sized luxury SUV manufactured and marketed by Lincoln across two generations. The MKX debuted as a 2007 model in December 2006 as a rebadged variant of the Ford Edge using Ford's CD3 platform for the first generation (2007–2015) and CD4 platform for the second generation (2016–2018). In addition to the chrome grille, the MKX's front fascia features projector-beam headlight assemblies with standard chrome-accented fog lights mounted in the lower fascia. The MKX's liftgate. The optional sunroof, marketed as a Panoramic Vista Roof, is the production version of the glass roof feature shown on the 2004 Aviator Concept. The Vista Roof features a forward power sunroof and a fixed rear moonroof with dual power sunshades. Renamed the Nautilus for 2019

Lincoln MKT - Full Size Crossover (2010-present)

2010 Lincoln MKT
2010 Lincoln MKT
2015 Lincoln MKT Limo
2015 Lincoln MKT
2017 Lincoln MKT
2017 Lincoln MKT
2019 Lincoln MKT
2019 Lincoln MKT
The Lincoln MKT is marketed by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company. In production since the 2010 model year, the MKT ("T" stands for Touring) is the second SUV produced by Lincoln. The 2nd largest SUV of Ford Motor Company, the MKT is slotted between the Lincoln MKX and the Lincoln Navigator. Sharing its underpinnings with the Ford Flex and Ford Explorer, the MKT has no direct Lincoln predecessor, although a livery variant serves as a replacement for markets served by the Lincoln Town Car sedan.

Lincoln MKC - Compact Crossover (2015-present)

2013 Lincoln MKC SUV
2013 Lincoln MKC SUV
2017 Lincoln MKC SUV
2017 Lincoln MKC SUV
2018 Lincoln MKC SUV
2018 Lincoln MKC SUV
2019 Lincoln MKC SUV
2019 Lincoln MKC SUV
The Lincoln MKC is a compact premium crossover from Lincoln. Lincoln launched the MKC concept at the 2013 LA Auto Show and the production model officially went on sale in June 2014. The MKC is built upon the Ford Global C platform, shared with the Ford Escape small SUV.

Lincoln Navigator (1998-present)

1998 Lincoln Navigaor
1998 Lincoln Navigaor
2000 Lincoln Navigaor
2000 Lincoln Navigaor
2015 Lincoln Navigaor
2015 Lincoln Navigaor
2019 Lincoln Navigaor
2019 Lincoln Navigaor
Although the Lincoln Navigator shares the same bodyshell as the Ford Expedition, giving it a similar exterior appearance, Lincoln stylists would make many design changes to differentiate the two vehicles. Forward of the windshield, the Lincoln Navigator shares no body panels with its Ford counterpart, with its own front fascia (a grille design shared with the 1998 Lincoln Town Car and the 2000 Lincoln LS), wheels, roof rack, lower body trim, and taillights.

Lincoln Natilus (2019-present)

2019 Lincoln Nautilus
2019 Lincoln Nautilus
2019 Lincoln Nautilus
2019 Lincoln Nautilus
For the 2019 model year, Lincoln gave the second-generation MKX a mid-cycle update and changed its model name to Nautilus. As part of update, the Nautilus adopted the design language of the newly introduced Continental and Navigator and updated MKC and MKZ, transitioning from the split grille to a rectangular grille with a large Lincoln star emblem.

Lincoln Pickups

Lincoln Blackwood (2002-2003)

1921 Lincoln Pickup
1921 Lincoln Pickup
2002 Lincoln Blackwood Pickup
2002 Lincoln Blackwood Pickup
2006 Lincoln Mark LT Blackwood Pickup
2006 Lincoln Mark LT Blackwood Pickup
The Blackwood was a luxuriously-trimmed version of the Ford F-150 Crew Cab pickup truck, and was greeted with enthusiasm after its debut at the North American International Auto Show in January 1999. Lincoln's success with the Lincoln Navigator emboldened the company to pursue the first-ever luxury pickup truck, and Cadillac was in hot pursuit with the Cadillac Escalade EXT.

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