Bonhams : 1922 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Sedan Chassis no. 5503 Engine no. 27771
1922 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 5503 Engine no. 27771

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Lot 615
1922 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Sedan
Chassis no. 5503 Engine no. 27771

US$ 40,000 - 60,000
£ 32,000 - 48,000
1922 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Sedan
Chassis no. 5503
Engine no. 27771
Henry Leland departed the company he founded after a dispute with William Durant. Leland wanted the company to produce Liberty engines for the military and Durant objected. Leland almost immediately started his own company, Lincoln, to build the engine. Through his reputation he was awarded a $60,000,000 contract. He established a factory with 6000 workers and began building engines. Good news for the world was bad news for Leland when the war ended just as he was starting. Unwilling to close his new factory, he began to develop a new luxury car that could be built by his work force.

Leland was a skilled designer and his new Lincoln 'L' car was a beautifully crafted machine. The famous fork and blade eight was very smooth and put out strong power. The car was good and as high a quality as anything produced at the time. The company's sales targets were large and Leland had trouble delivering the numbers he wanted. He worried that speedier production would diminish quality and he was not willing to let that happen. Unfortunately the company's board saw it differently and placed the company into receivership where it was offered for sale. Leland's old nemesis Henry Ford swept in and bought the whole company for eight million dollars, Leland staying on with the company for only four months.

The cars produced prior to Fords' acquisition of Lincoln are rare and sought after. The cars are high quality in all respects and the design and look is advanced for the period.

This is a nice example of the Lincoln Model L seven-passenger sedan. A rare variation of the more common five-passenger sedan, it lacks the limousine's division making it more driver-friendly. The finely finished interior has jump seats that disappear into the backs of the front seats. The interior fittings are typical of the high quality expected in a car of Lincoln's caliber. The Lincoln chassis is a good match for closed coachwork as it has the power, brakes and steering to easily accommodate the added weight. This car has been well restored in an attractive black and green livery. The body-style has a nice vintage feel with its pre-classic era styling. Despite the pre-classic era construction date the car is recognized as a full classic by the CCCA. The inviting interior conjures up images of Fall and Spring tours when it's a bit too cold for the open cars.

This is a rare chance to acquire an early Leland-era Lincoln. It is difficult to find an early closed car that has been so nicely restored. As with most of the Short collection the cars have seen limited use in the last decade and a bit of maintenance should be expected prior to extended use.
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1922 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 5503 Engine no. 27771
1922 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 5503 Engine no. 27771
1922 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 5503 Engine no. 27771
1922 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 5503 Engine no. 27771
1922 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 5503 Engine no. 27771
1922 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 5503 Engine no. 27771
1922 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 5503 Engine no. 27771
1922 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 5503 Engine no. 27771
1922 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 5503 Engine no. 27771
1922 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 5503 Engine no. 27771
1922 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 5503 Engine no. 27771
1922 Lincoln Model L Seven Passenger Sedan  Chassis no. 5503 Engine no. 27771
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