I’m not still up; I’m already up. I might as well write a post.
On this day in 1917, almost five months after the US entered the Great War (now known as World War I), the Lincoln Motor Company was founded in Detroit. The company was the creation of Henry Leland, who also founded Cadillac, and Henry’s son, Wilfred. Henry Leland named the company after the person for whom he cast his first vote for President in 1864, Abraham Lincoln.
Not long after its founding, Lincoln ran into difficulties and was sold to
Henry Ford. From the Wikipedia article about Henry Leland:
“In 1922, Lincoln became insolvent and was bought out by
Henry Ford‘s [my mark] Ford Motor Company. Ford’s bid of $8 million was the only bid at a receivers sale. Ford had first offered $5 million, but the judge would not accept it for a well-equipped company whose assets were conservatively estimated at $16 million. Ford deliberately low-balled his offer as revenge against Leland’s role in the creation of Cadillac.”
That Ford was some guy…not!
I have written more about Lincoln vehicles than about any other FoMoCo make. While the company is now just another manufacturer of SUVs, that has not always been the case, obviously. Not counting the glorious Mark II of 1956-57, which technically was not a Lincoln as FoMoCo spun out Continental as a make “above” Lincoln, cars like the following are among my favorite Lincolns:
From Barrett-Jackson a picture of a 1956 Lincoln Capri. Only 4,355 Capri coupes were built that year selling for $4,119. All 1956 Lincolns were powered by a 368 cubic-inch V-8 that produced 285 HP, but 402 LB-FT of torque. How’s that saying go? “Horsepower sells cars, but torque wins races.”
Lincoln beat Cadillac to the SUV race in 1998 by introducing the Navigator. I believe that was also the last year Lincoln offered a two-door car, the Mark VIII. From Wikipedia a picture of an LSC spec 1998 Mark VIII:
Yep, it sure looks like a Thunderbird. Still, it’s not a bad-looking car. These were equipped with a 4.6 liter/280 cubic-inch V-8 that generated 280 HP/285 LB-FT of torque.
Does anyone have any opinions about Lincoln, either generally or about specific cars? We would all like to read them.
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My sister has owned Lincolns for decades. Her current model, a 2016 MKZ is one nice driving road car. I must admit that I am disappointed Ford is dropping sedans in favor of trucks and SUVs, but I understand the market forces at work here. I might have considered an MKZ in a couple of years when it’s time to change up my current vehicle.
Thanks for sharing, JS. Don’t forget that SUVs have higher profit margins than “regular” cars.
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I’ll throw a Lincoln in that most wouldn’t think of; 1937 Zephyr V-12 coupe.I just happen to like the lines of it, even tho it’s quite “oversized” from what I normally like. And of course the 4 door convertibles of the mid 60’s (is there anyone who DOESN’T like these?).
As for anything newer, I’ll pass.
CSB; When I first met my current business partner, his “truck” was his mother’s previous Town Car. IIRC it was an 89 vintage, with around 120,000 miles. It ran, most of the time, blew out the rear air suspension 2-3 times due to being overloaded, became only half jokingly referred to as “the stinkin lincoln”. It was finally sold off and replaced by an actual truck in 2004. My truck at the time wasn’t much better; 1980 Dodge D-200, faded yellow paint, got about the same gas mileage as it did oil mileage, ended up nicknamed “the yellow dog” after the second D on the hood mysteriously disappeared (DO-GE). Needles to say, we’ve come a long way since. But sometimes I look back to those days and wish for the simpler, albeit broker, times.
Great story about your business partner’s Town Car and the DOGE D-200.
Yes, those vintage Zephyrs are under the radar classics although the people who like them REALLY like them.
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