1929 Lincoln L-series Sport Touring
|Manufacturer||Lincoln Motor Company
|Assembly||Lincoln Assembly, Detroit, Michigan|
|Body and chassis|
|Successor||Lincoln K-Series/Model K|
The Lincoln L-Series is the first automobile that was produced by the Lincoln Motor Company. Introduced in 1917, the L-Series would continue to be produced after the bankruptcy of Lincoln in 1922 and its purchase by Ford Motor Company.
During 1930, Lincoln would introduce the Model K as its replacement. It was an alternative to various top level luxury vehicles to include the Mercedes-Benz 630, Rolls-Royce Phantom I, Packard, and Cadillac Type 51.
Assembly of the L-Series took place in Detroit, Michigan.
After leaving the company over a dispute with William Durant over World War I production, Cadillac founder Henry Leland created a second automobile company, the Lincoln Motor Company. Although the company depended on production of Liberty V12 aircraft engines as its primary source of revenue, Lincoln created the first L-Series car in 1917.
The L-Series was designed by Angus Woodbridge, the son-in-law of Henry Leland; trained as a ladies hatmaker, 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 the loss of aircraft engine production.
|1921||357.8CID 60° L-head V8||81||3-speed manual||130 in (3,302 mm) ||23"|
In financial trouble, Leland sold the company to Henry Ford in 1922 for $8 million, the amount determined by the judge presiding over the receivership Arthur J. Tuttle. Henry Leland valued the company at over $16 million. After a few months, Ford got rid of the Lelands and had his son, Edsel Ford, design a new body for the L-series. Edsel became President and Ernest C. Kanzler General Manager. Under Ford, the L-series was a robust car. In the first year, hydraulic shock absorbers were added. Edsel and Kanzler implemented production economies, trimming manufacturing costs by about $1000 per car.
|1923||357.8CID||90||3-speed manual||136 in (3,454 mm) ||23"|
In 1924, the L-series was given a newer look with such things as a nickel-plated radiator shell. 1925 is identified by the absence of cowl lights. Front and rear bumpers became standard. The smallest L-series was the 2-door, 2-passenger roadster. 1926 was basically the same except for some interior changes.
|1925||357.8CID V8||90||3-speed manual||136 in (3,454 mm)||23"|
In 1927, the L-series got smaller wheels. Also, 4-wheel mechanical brakes became standard. All instruments were on an oval surface. A larger engine (though no HP increase) came in 1928. 1929 brought Safety glass and dual windshield wipers. 1930 was the last year for the L-series.
|1928||384.8CID V8||90||3-speed manual||136 in (3,454 mm)||20"|
A 1924 Lincoln was featured in the first season of the classic CBS sitcom The Good Guys.
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