Lincoln is an American luxury car manufacturing company owned by Ford Motor Company. Lincoln, named after the famous US President, has produced luxurious vehicles since 1917 and was purchased by Ford in 1922. A Lincoln service manual are available to aid the home mechanic in keeping these valuable American icons on the road.
Lincoln has been a popular alternative to other luxury brands since the earliest days motoring. In fact, Henry Leland, the founder of Lincoln, was a cofounder of Cadillac. Lincoln got it’s start building V12 engines for use in military aircraft during World War One. The engine was a success and found it’s way into multiple aircraft, tanks and even race cars after the war.
During the Great Depression, Lincoln struggled, as did many of the well-known luxury car manufacturing companies at the time. The sale to Ford kept Lincoln in business and provided Ford with a dedicated luxury brand to compete against General Motors’ Cadillac.
In the 1930s, Lincoln became the only American car company to exclusively put V12 engines in its cars. The 267 cubic inch flathead V12 produced 110 horsepower and 180 ft.lbs of torque. While modest by today’s standards, the Lincoln-Zephyr V12 was quite powerful in its time. In 1940, Lincoln enlarged the engine to 292 cubic inches.
During World War Two, Lincoln ceased manufacturing cars to focus on wartime production. After the war, the company was restructured by Ford and was paired with Mercury. In 1956, Ford introduced the Continental as a division of Lincoln, and the 1956 Continental Mk. 2 brought the term “personal luxury vehicle” into use. Costing $10,000 in 1956, (about $92,000 US today), the vehicle was largely hand built.
The 1960s saw Lincoln introduce a new Continental, now a line within Lincoln rather than a brand onto its own. The Continental became the last American four door convertible, and the use of front opening rear doors along with slab sided styling created an iconic car coveted today by collectors.
Lincoln continued to build and sell large V8 powered cars through the Gas Crisis of the 1970s and extensive safety and emissions regulations in the 1980s. The 1977 Lincoln Mark V became the longest coupe sold by an American company at 19 feet long at a time when Japanese economy cars were exploding on the scene.
The 1990s and early 2000s saw Lincoln struggle. The introduction of the Lincoln Navigator SUV in 1998 perhaps saved the company, and for the first time, sales of Lincoln vehicles exceeded that of Cadillac.
Today, Lincoln has been revived as a luxury manufacturer and produces a range of high quality cars. No matter what year or style the do it yourself mechanic is working on, a Lincoln repair manual will ensure that the job is done right.