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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