Of the early automobiles pioneers, few made a difference like Henry Leland did. In 1902, Leland founded the Cadillac Automobile Company. In 1917, he left Cadillac and founded the Lincoln Motor Company. He was quickly granted with a $10 million contract to produce aircraft V12 engines.
In 1919, the Liberty engines contract came to an end and was not reconducted. Leland re-tooled the plant to build smaller V8 engines and automobiles. The Model L was designed by Leland’s son-in-law and released in 1920, but its old-fashioned design failed to seduce buyers. In 1922 and in financial trouble, Lincoln was sold to Henry Ford.
For 1924, Henry Ford decided to turn Lincoln into its flagship brand. His son Edsel was in charge of redesigning the L series, who turned to coachbuilders to assist him in this task. The L-series was successful at last, and its design remained virtually untouched until the end of production in 1930.
For its final model-year, 20 variants of the L series were offered, from 14 coachbuilders including Locke, who created the lines of the Dual Cowl Phaeton. Selling for an outstanding price of $4,500 in 1930 – that is the one of 10 Ford Model A! - these L-series DC Phaeton remained rare, with only 79 cars built.
The car we are offering today is one of these 79 Dual Cowl Phaeton built in 1930. Easily identified by their body type number 177, they were reputed for their robustness, speed and comfort. Its 385ci V8 engine developed 90 bhp, allowing the Lincoln L-series to reach a top speed of 80 mph.
In France since the middle of the 1980s, our 1930 Lincoln L-Series Dual Cowl Phaeton is an older restoration cherished ever since. Previously from a 20-year-long ownership, it has been with his current custodian for the past 5 years. A true pre-war connoisseur, he has driven the car very little but has ensured it was properly maintained.
The Lincoln L-series was produced in small numbers and they are amongst the rarest automobiles. Only 2 L-Series are accounted for in Europe, the sister car to this one residing in the Private Collection of Antique Cars of H.S.H. Prince Rainier III. The 1928 Lincoln was one of Rainier III’s favorites, appearing on numerous brochures with H.S.H. the Prince.
The L-series are also timelessly associated with America during the 1920s, most notably the Chicago mob wars. The Chicago Police Department had purchased 17 Lincoln L-Series to bring down Al Capone’s gang.
Our Lincoln L-Series Dual Cowl Phaeton is immediately available in France with its French registration.