Henry Leland had earned his nickname in Detroit as the "Master of Precision" long before establishing Lincoln to build Liberty aircraft engines for World War I. Leland created Cadillac's reputation as "The Standard of the World", then left after a dispute with Billy Durant and started Lincoln. First building Liberty aircraft engines and finally in 1921 Lincoln had introduced its first car, the Model L. Powered by a 358ci L-head, 60°, V-8 engine. Unlike more conventional V-engines which offset the cylinder banks slightly to make room for adjacent connecting rod bearings on the crank journals, Leland's Model L used expensive, precision-made fork-and-blade connecting rods and disposed the cylinders directly opposite each other. His engines also had full pressure lubrication which was unusual for the time as well.
Because of the post-WWI recession, combined with not so well designed coachwork, Lelands lack of ability to deliver cars once orders were filled and an enormous $4.5 Million dollar tax bill spelled failure for him and his company. Lincoln went into receivership but purchased by Henry Ford soon after in 1922 to give him a motorcar that could reach the Luxury car market with success.
Edsel Ford took charge at Lincoln after Leland's parting and quickly commissioned the best American coachbuilders to create designs for Lincoln. Locke, Judkins, Dietrich, Derham, LeBaron and others soon joined Brunn and Lincoln quickly became one of the best built cars in the United States.
In 1929 Lincoln engineers gave their car some mechanical upgrades that greatly improved the L including rubber engine mounts and increased engine's oil pressure while Edsel Ford and his design team made some new changes to the exterior design with a new, higher, radiator and hood line. By this time the L was at its best and was a powerful large car for someone of status.
This particular L is a late 1929 sport sedan that is in entirely original condition. Just out of an estate in Rhode Island where it was owned for over 60 years! The previous owner made it to 103 years old! Mechanically it is in perfect running order and is ready to be driven. The big V8 engine runs perfectly smooth and the transmission shifts with ease. The paint on the car shows its age with its original dark green paint and original pinstriping, but shows beautifully as the age only makes the car better. It has perfect patina that only time can create. On the inside it has original upholstery that has held up, but can use a tidying up, but even the dashboard retains its original nickel plating. The short coupled body along with its fairly low roof line and dual rear mounted spares really gives this car a long sleek look for a closed sedan. This is a car that can be driven and shown for preservation with much enjoyment.
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