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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