Skip to main content

Lincoln at Los Angeles Auto Show Press Days: Celebration of Its Past and Future As Brand Rolls Out Its Reinvention
AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Company press release.

Lincoln at Los Angeles Auto Show Press Days: Celebration of Its Past and Future As Brand Rolls Out Its Reinvention  > The brand pays tribute to its heritage today, displaying seven of the most influential Lincoln designs

> Thursday sees a display full of the all-new MKZ premium midsize sedan and MKZ Hybrid, the future of Lincoln, on the Lincoln stand

> Lincoln launches on Tumblr http://lincolnnow.tumblr.com beginning with the visually stunning classic Lincolns shown on the stand and select images from archives. Continues with an all-new collection of photographs by photographers Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg

The reinvention of Lincoln is fully under way with the launch of the all-new MKZ. Beautiful design, warm, personal and surprising, Lincoln will transform before media's eyes today with seven iconic Lincolns of the past possessing the stand. On Thursday it will turn to all MKZs, signaling the change.

Lincoln's Elegant Heritage

Lincoln at Los Angeles Auto Show Press Days: Celebration of Its Past and Future As Brand Rolls Out Its Reinvention  

Since 1922, the year Edsel Ford signed the agreement purchasing the Lincoln Motor Company from its founder Henry Leland, the hallmark of Lincoln has been its elegant simplicity. For Edsel, the key to revitalizing Lincoln was styling. His vision for design was that every line, contour and angle should have intent. The pure sensitivity of a line is at the heart of Lincoln's heritage – carried into the present moment of Lincoln's reinvention with the MKZ premium midsize sedan and MKZ Hybrid.

The seven classic Lincolns on display today are:

1929 Lincoln L Dietrich Convertible Coupe: During this era, Lincoln was known as the Lincoln Motor Company. The greyhound mascot atop the radiator, which was produced by the famed silversmith Gorham, was chosen by Edsel Ford to symbolize grace, elegance and speed. Only 75 examples of this Dietrich-bodied car were produced in a two-year run, carrying a base price of $6,200. Noted for its quiet operation, the engine is an L-head V8 displacing 385 cubic inches and producing 90 horsepower at 2,800 rpm. Owner: Thomas Hartman, Rancho Palos Verdes

1932 Lincoln KB LeBaron Convertible Roadster: The celebrated KB model debuted in 1932, introducing V12 power and heightened style from Lincoln. In addition to offering nine standard and 14 factory custom models, Edsel Ford invited numerous custom coachbuilders to work their magic with the new KB. Brunn, Dietrich, LeBaron, Judkins and Willoughby were prominent among them. This LeBaron Convertible Roadster was priced at $4,600, making it the entry-level semi-custom model in Lincoln's book. The 448-cubic-inch engine produces 150 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and weighs 1,070 pounds. Owner: Thomas Hartman, Rancho Palos Verdes

1937 Lincoln Derham Sport Sedan: Built on the Model K chassis with a 150-horsepower 414-cubic-inch V12 engine, this one-of-a-kind design demonstrates the maturing of automotive streamlining in the 1930s. Its inverted teardrop headlights, pontoon fenders, fastback roof, and unique molding result in a truly formidable appearance. In 1937, the Derham Coach Company risked building this sport sedan on speculation. Price and the Great Depression kept it unsold until 1938 when Thomas Morris of New York City purchased this unique model. From 1947 through 1977, the car moved among owners in Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. After it sat in a barn for 20 years, Ed Burchman purchased the car in 1977. Beginning in 2000, he undertook the restoration of every component from the five-foot muffler to the sliding sunroof. His 9,000 hours of work were rewarded by a first-in-class win at the 2004 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Owner: Edmund Burchman, Rossmoor

1937 Lincoln-Zephyr Coupe-Sedan: Introduced in 1936 under the guidance of Edsel Ford, the Lincoln-Zephyr was the first commercially successful aerodynamic car. The Chrysler and DeSoto Airflows debuted in 1934, but were not broadly accepted. In contrast, the Zephyr family grew to 85,640 cars by 1939. Of this number, only 5 percent were Coupe-Sedans. Amazingly, records today show that only fourteen 1937 Coupe-Sedans still exist, and the car displayed here is surely the best example. An enduring Lincoln design element is its distinctive split grille, executed to recall the bow wave of a boat gliding through water. With headlamps faired into the fenders and long side windows that curve to match the sweeping bodylines, the car's inherent streamlining captured the public's imagination. Powered by a 267-cubic-inch V12 producing 110 horsepower, the Zephyr was acclaimed for outstanding highway manners, appropriate to a car named after the Burlington Zephyr streamlined train of the era. Owner: David Caparone, Paso Robles

1940 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet - Edsel Ford returned from Europe in 1938 inspired to have a new car that was 'strictly continental' in its design. He chose designer E.T. 'Bob' Gregorie to lead the development of this car that was initially to be a one-off for Edsel to drive on vacation in Florida. Upon seeing the enthusiastic reception from his friends, Edsel chose to put it into production. The result was the legendary Continental, acclaimed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright to be 'the most beautiful car in the world' and, in 1951, chosen by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as one of eight cars to be exhibited for 'excellence as works of art.' With the end of the K-Series Lincolns in 1939, the Continental continued Lincoln's V12 heritage with a 292-cubic-inch engine producing 120 horsepower. As production commenced, Edsel Ford owned the 20th Continental produced. The car displayed here is No. 24, shipped on Jan. 4, 1940. George Gehrig, cousin of baseball legend Lou Gehrig, owned it for many years. Owner: Elliott Jones, Huntington Beach

1956 Continental Mark II: Widely acclaimed as a milestone in American automotive design, the Continental Mark II was created under the direction of Edsel Ford's son, William Clay Ford. The low, elongated profile did not need chrome, two-tone paint, or sharp styling cues to accentuate its beauty. The long hood concealed a massive 368-cubic-inch engine that produced 285 horsepower. Mounted on the hood is the four-pointed star that later became Lincoln's emblem. Continentals were hand-made. The paint was applied multiple times, sanded, double lacquered and polished. The goal was to create the most luxurious, carefully crafted production car in America. Famous owners included Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, Howard Johnson and Nelson Rockefeller. This example was built especially for Elizabeth Taylor with bespoke paint and interior that matched the color of her eyes. Owner: Robert and Nancy Ratinoff, Sherman Oaks

1961 Lincoln Continental Sedan: Continuing Lincoln's tradition of restrained elegance, the 1961 Continental introduced the unique center-opening doors and chrome-accented upper shoulder line that established a signature look for Lincoln and remains one of the most enduring designs of all time, a complete original. The 1961 Continental was honored by the Industrial Design Institute with its coveted bronze medallion. The chiseled profile was the work of seven designers: Eugene Bordinat, Don DeLaRossa, Elwood Engle, Gale Halderman, John Najjar, Robert M. Thomas and George Walker. Powered by a 430-cubic-inch V8 producing 300 horsepower, the Lincoln Continental delivered driving pleasure commensurate with its breakthrough design. This car has been in San Diego since new, has been driven only 70,000 miles and is acclaimed as a Lincoln Continental Owners Club Senior Car. Owner: Joe Finkbiner, San Diego

All-New Lincoln MKZ

The all-new MKZ is the new face of Lincoln, representing a significant milestone in the brand's ongoing reinvention. This is the future of Lincoln in style and substance.

•MKZ is the first of four new distinctively Lincoln vehicles to be introduced in the next four years

•Each will be an entry into a major volume segment of the overall premium market and collectively will provide Lincoln with coverage in more than 80 percent of the market

•The new MKZ, like all new Lincoln vehicles, will feature a driving experience that is refined yet engaging. Innovative use of new technologies incorporated in standard Lincoln Drive Control creates the best of both worlds – scintillating dynamic qualities and performance with superb comfort

•The all-new MKZ Hybrid is an outstanding example of the new Lincoln – at 45 mpg city, highway and combined, it delivers more miles per gallon than any other luxury vehicle sold in America

•The visually and technically stunning retractable panoramic roof becomes a Lincoln signature, offering a 15.2-square-foot glass panel and one of the largest rooftop openings available on any modern sedan

•Push-button shift is a unique execution that replaces the traditional mechanical transmission shift lever with a contemporary five-button interface and dramatically opens up the center console

•Lincoln-exclusive THX® II Certified Audio System, with 700 watts, 14 channels and 14 speakers, is available

   Recent Articles
CLASSIC BENTLEYS READY FOR ACTION-PACKED SUMMER SEASON

•Famous heritage models hit international classic show circuit
•95 years of history to tour from Goodwood to Pebble Beach
•85th anniversary of 'Blue Train' race and 1930 Le Mans win

(Crewe, 21 May 2015) Legendary cars from Bentley's past are embarking on a tour of the world's premier heritage and historical automotive events this summer.

The 'Blue Train' car that famously raced the Calais-Mediterranée Express and the Team Blower that entered Le Mans in 1930 – the race ultimately w....
LE MANS WINNER HANS STUCK NAMED 2016 AMELIA CONCOURS HONOREE

Double Le Mans 24 Hour winner and 1985 World Sports Car Champion Hans-Joachim Stuck will succeed Sir Stirling Moss as the honoree for the international award winning Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance's 21st edition on March 11-13, 2016.

Stuck, a second generation racer is the son of Hans Stuck Sr. who raced for the vaunted Auto-Union team in the 1930s, earning the title bergmeister for his uncanny hill-climbing skills. With his father's guidance, Stuck junior became one of the most successf....
David Swig Joins RM Sotheby's Global Car Specialist Team

CULVER CITY, California (May 19, 2015) – RM Sotheby's, the world's largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, is delighted to announce David Swig has joined its expert team of global car specialists.

The son of respected California motoring enthusiast and automobile dealership pioneer, Martin Swig, David grew up immersed in a world of cars, both old and new. A true enthusiast, he actively participates in a variety of automotive events, including circuit rac....
RM Sotheby's Motor City Sale Celebrates Automotive Design and Engineering From Across the Decades

• The official auction of the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. John's, RM Sotheby's Motor City sale returns to Michigan, July 25
• Single-day sale presents approximately 80 blue-chip automobiles; European sports cars and late model collectibles join event's traditional roster of American Classics
Further information and a frequently updated list of entries available online at www.rmauctions.com

BLENHEIM, Ontario (May 14, 2015) – RM Sotheby's, the official auction house ....
FAMOUS FIVE McLAREN F1 GTR FINISHERS TO BE REUNITED AT LE MANS TWO DECADES AFTER DOMINANT RESULT

◾The five McLaren F1 GTRs that finished the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans to complete a parade lap 20 years after famous victory
◾Ultimate celebration of the GTR legacy as the McLaren P1™ GTR makes global dynamic debut
◾Follow the celebrations and join the conversation on the McLaren social channels using the hashtag #McLaren95

McLaren Automotive and McLaren Special Operations (MSO) will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans win next month with the ultimate display at ....
SUBARU STARLINK™ ADDS STITCHER TO IN-VEHICLE ENTERTAINMENT

Cherry Hill, N.J. - Subaru of America, Inc. announced that owners of Subaru models equipped with SUBARU STARLINK™ in-vehicle technology can now enjoy a fully integrated Stitcher experience in their vehicle. Stitcher is the leader in on-demand news, sports, and entertainment audio programming with access to more than 40,000 radio shows, live radio stations and podcasts from sources including CNN, Fox, NPR, CBS, AP, The Wall Street Journal and many more. Stitcher is powered by Deezer, the ....
2016 Chevrolet Equinox
2016 Chevrolet Equinox  2016 Chevrolet Equinox  2016 Chevrolet Equinox  2016 Chevrolet Equinox  2016 Chevrolet Equinox  
2016 Chevrolet Malibu
2016 Chevrolet Malibu  2016 Chevrolet Malibu  2016 Chevrolet Malibu  2016 Chevrolet Malibu  2016 Chevrolet Malibu  
2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility
2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility  2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility  2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility  2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility  2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility  
2016 GMC Terrain
2016 GMC Terrain  2016 GMC Terrain  2016 GMC Terrain  2016 GMC Terrain  2016 GMC Terrain  
2016 GMC Terrain Denali
2016 GMC Terrain Denali  2016 GMC Terrain Denali  2016 GMC Terrain Denali  2016 GMC Terrain Denali  2016 GMC Terrain Denali  
2016 Honda Pilot
2016 Honda Pilot  2016 Honda Pilot  2016 Honda Pilot  2016 Honda Pilot  2016 Honda Pilot  
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid  
2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid
2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid  2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid  2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid  2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid  2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid  
2016 Kia Optima
2016 Kia Optima  2016 Kia Optima  2016 Kia Optima  2016 Kia Optima  2016 Kia Optima  
2016 Kia Rio
2016 Kia Rio  2016 Kia Rio  2016 Kia Rio  2016 Kia Rio  2016 Kia Rio