Saturday, June 1, 2013

1921 Lincoln Model L

Coachwork: Murray
The Lincoln Motor Company was established in 1917 by entrepreneur Henry Leland. He had previously started the Cadillac Motor Company in 1903 from the remains of Henry Ford's second failed attempt to start an auto company (Henry's third attempt resulted in the Ford Motor Company we know today).

Leland's Lincolns were well-built but very expensive, and somewhat bland in design. Ford Motor Company acquired Lincoln in 1922 and Edsel Ford, Henry's son, was put in charge. He used his natural design instincts to lead Lincoln to build beautiful, luxurious cars.

The Lincoln L model was introduced in 1920 and was powered by a 357.8 cubic-inch V8 engine producing 90 horsepower, riding on a 130 inch wheelbase and weighing in at 2490 pounds. It was priced at $4,300. The large body built by Murray features unique features such as a 'fat man' steering wheel that folds out of the way for ease of entry and a cigar lighter that extends from a reel to reach throughout the interior. All of the bright metal on the car is pewter, including the decorative headlight surrounds. This car is the second oldest Leland-built Lincoln known to exist.