<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754

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Lot 175
1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER
Coachwork by LeBaron

Sold for US$ 61,600 inc. premium
1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER
Coachwork by LeBaron

Chassis no. 64754

385ci L-Head V-8 Engine
Single 2-Barrel Carburetor
90bhp at 2,800rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes

*Rare and elegant LeBaron Convertible Roadster
*Believed to be a low-mileage example
*Lovely older restoration in elegant color-scheme
*CCCA Full Classic
*Just 100 examples produced in 1930


THE LINCOLN V-8

The Lincoln Motor Company had been founded in 1917 by the great engineer Henry M. Leland and his son Wilfred. After the Great War, Leland's first Lincoln was superbly engineered and built. Introduced in 1921, it was powered by a 358ci L-head, 60°, V-8 engine. Unlike more conventional V-engines which offset the cylinder banks slightly to make room for adjacent connecting rod bearings on the crank journals, Leland's Model L used expensive, precision-made fork-and-blade connecting rods and disposed the cylinders directly opposite each other. Unusually for the period, Leland's V-8 had full pressure lubrication.

However, Leland had an engineer's vision and the bodies which completed his automobiles left something to be desired in the design department. Lincoln tried a quick redesign with a set of twelve body designs by Hermann A. Brunn, but it was too late as dismal sales, the post-WWI recession and an erroneous 4.5 million-dollar tax bill spelled the end of Lincoln. It was bought out of receivership in 1922 by none other than Henry Ford to balance the success of the bare bones Model T with the best-engineered and best-built luxury automobile in America.

Ford put his son Edsel, who had an innate sense of style, grace, balance and proportion, in charge of Lincoln and the automobiles soon began to reflect Edsel's vision. Initial production after the takeover consisted of the Model L, where the "L" indicated that it had been designed by Henry and Wilfred Leland. This would remain the catalogue designation until the V-8 was superseded in 1931, a measure of Edsel Ford's respect for Leland, who was called the "Master of Precision".

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Founded the two Brewster designers, Raymond Dietrich and Thomas Hibbard, in 1920, LeBaron Coachworks started out in New York as a design house. A partnership with the Bridgeport Body Company allowed LeBaron to become a full-fledged coachbuilding firm in 1923, the same year Edsel Ford met Raymond Dietrich at the New York Auto Show. Lincoln quickly became LeBaron's best customer, and together they built some of the finest cars of the era.

This elegant 1930 Lincoln Model L is one of just 100 produced wearing this sporty LeBaron Convertible Roadster body style, denoted as the Model 185. Priced at an exorbitant $6,900 when new, the Model 185 Lincoln boasts refined, sweeping curves, a hidden rumble seat, dual side-mounted spare wheels, a classic upright windshield and, crucially, a Convertible top that folds neatly behind the two-seat cockpit, offering disappearing top Roadster-like good looks with Convertible practicality.

This particular Model L has spent an extensive period of its history in various car collections in the Pacific Northwest, the beneficiary of decades of care and maintenance. In the 1970s, this handsome Convertible Roadster was entirely restored to its current configuration. The athletic body was painted in the soft Sea Foam Green, with contrasting dark green paint adorning its swept fenders and high bodyline. The broadcloth seats were kept intact, superficially reupholstered in green to complement the green body accents. Despite the age of the restoration, this rare Lincoln presents beautifully thanks to decades of care, and the elegant paint fits the body nicely and the bright work throughout retains a bright luster.

Despite being 86 years old, it is believed that this elegant Lincoln has covered less than 53,000 miles from new, which is very telling of the overall quality of this fine classic. Recently, this Model L received a thorough servicing and extensive detailing, refreshing the well-performed older restoration of this low-mileage Roadster and elevating it to the beautiful, drivable condition it is in today. The work included installment of a new Convertible top and Tonneau cover, while the wheels were powder coated. A stunning example of America's pre-war styling prowess and creativity, this Model L Convertible Roadster presents beautifully throughout. For many years, it has been well cared for and would be an attractive car to either drive or show, and is sure to turn heads wherever it goes.

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<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
<b>1930 LINCOLN MODEL L CONVERTIBLE ROADSTER</b><br />Chassis no. 64754
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