1928 Lincoln Model L, 7 Passenger Touring by Locke, OIder Resto!!

$78,800

Harry's Thoughts

This is a very nice example that is sure to help make its new caretaker many happy memories!

THE ESSENTIALS

We offer on consignment this gorgeous three-owner Southern California car that was bought new in Riverside, CA in 1928.  This Locke bodied seven passenger Touring is a high quality and correct older restoration that is suitable for touring and exhibition.  The past family has enjoyed this stately Lincoln for the past forty years and it is now available for its new caretaker.

The body is perfectly solid with solid door and nice panel alignment.  It is obvious that the Lincoln has led a charmed existence with loving caretakers.  The car exudes correctness and originality, albeit while wearing a forty year old restoration!

The paint and chrome have a consistent patina.  The livery is very tasteful and elegant in tan and brown contrasted with black fenders.   Rust was never an issue with this Lincoln given its sheltered Southern California history.  The paint and chrome is good and is perfect for touring and exhibition.

The interior is in very good condition.  The interior would be considered very nice for touring and show.  The light tan leather has the correct grain and is a fabulous complement to the ample use of wood throughout.

The original 383.8 V8 engine and chassis are in good condition and show years of steady use and maintenance.  It drives well and is used regularly.  The engine and drive train sound excellent with no unusual noises or vibrations.  The six wire wheels are nicely painted in tan.

History of the Lincoln

Bought new in 1928 in Riverside, CA, the original owner kept the Touring until being sold to a local physician in the late 1950’s or early 60’s.  The physician commenced a correct high quality restoration in the late 1960’s that remains in nice condition today.

The present owner’s father was a significant collector of Classic motorcars in Southern California.  He couldn’t resist buying this newly restored Seven Passenger Touring when it came up for sale in the early 1970’s.  He enjoyed the car and used it often, including in the Hollywood Christmas Parade.  By 1983 he had passed away whereby the Lincoln was transferred to his daughter and her husband, Tom and Pat.

Tom and Pat have enjoyed the Lincoln ever since.  Their seven grandchildren have fond memories of using the jump seats and running boards.

This elegant and sporty Lincoln still bears its California “blue plates” issued in 1982.  It runs and drives well but would need some maintenance for significant long distance touring.

The Model L was powered by a 383.8 cubic-inch flathead V8 engine with aluminum pistons and offering 90 horsepower. It was connected to a three-speed manual gearbox.

It is rare to find a Model L Locke Touring as production was scarce, and even rarer to find one with three owners since new in nice condition.  The fact that this is a documented California car since new makes it incredibly rare and valuable.  We encourage discerning collectors to view this motorcar or have it inspected.  This is a fabulous opportunity to buy an affordable open classic that has known provenance.  Please contact Harry at harry@classicpromenade.com or call us at 602.245.7200.

1928 Lincoln Model L, 7 Passenger Touring by Locke, OIder Resto!!

$78,800

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1928 Lincoln Model L, 7 Passenger Touring by Locke, OIder Resto!!
1928 Lincoln Model L, 7 Passenger Touring by Locke, OIder Resto!!

$78,800

PRIVATE SALE STATUS
SELLER
VIEWS 42

Lincoln Model L

Interesting Fact: The Lincoln L series (also called the Lincoln Model L) is the first automobile that was produced by the Lincoln Motor Company. Introduced in 1920, the L series would continue to be produced after the bankruptcy of Lincoln in 1922 and its purchase by Ford Motor Company. It was an alternative to various…
Interesting Fact: The Lincoln L series (also called the Lincoln Model L) is the first automobile that was produced by the Lincoln Motor Company. Introduced in 1920, the L series would continue to be produced after the bankruptcy of Lincoln in 1922 and its purchase by Ford Motor Company. It was an alternative to various top level luxury vehicles to include the Mercedes-Benz 630, Rolls-Royce Phantom I, Renault Type MC, Packard Twin Six, and Cadillac Type 61. It was replaced during 1930 by the Model K.   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. The company catered early on to providing custom coachwork for its clients, and both Brunn and Judkins offered two choices each. 15 selections were available from Lincoln coachbuilders; roadsters, coupes, touring sedans, phaetons, and broughams, with a Town Car offered at USD$6,600 ($95,762 in 2020 dollars)   In financial trouble, Leland sold the company to Henry Ford February, 4 1922 for $8 million ($123,689,861 in 2020 dollars, 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 the Lelands left the company because of Henry Ford's managerial style and his son, Edsel Ford, designed a new body for the L series. Edsel became President and Ernest C. Kanzler General Manager. The Lincoln models produced in this era are still respected to this day!  

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