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1928 Lincoln Model L

Chassis number : 48253

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In 1917, Henry M. Leland was 74 years old and it was the year he founded the Lincoln Motor Company. He named the cars after his favorite president.

This Holbrook Cabriolet was delivered new in Paris and is one of the more complex custom-bodied cars of its period. Transformable from a fully enclosed formal car, to a town car, to a fully open car, this body by Holbrook requires careful study to fully appreciate the intricacy of the entire top mechanism. It offered its buyer the ability to own one single car that could be used for a variety of purposes.

Just 12 Fully Collapsible Cabriolets were built by Holbrook for Lincoln between 1927 and 1929 and this is one of two still in existence. Holbrook, a reputable New York coachbuilder, was in expansion mode throughout much of the 1920s; in addition to its original focus on building one-off custom bodies for well-off individuals and luxury chassis builders, it began to supply semi-customs and even production bodies to select manufacturers, including Lincoln in 1923. Holbrook's most popular body style built for Lincoln was a Collapsible Cabriolet, which debuted at the 1925 New York Automobile Salon. Based on the Holbrook Brougham, the Collapsible Cabriolet had a removable chauffeur's top and a rear compartment with a top that folded down like a landaulet. Soon, this came in Semi-Collapsible and Fully Collapsible versions. This Lincoln Model L, now with the larger engine displacing 384.8 cubic inches that had been introduced late in 1927, was built to fulfill a special order from the Peruvian ambassador to France. The car has been owned by Elfred Prada and Ludi Hinrichs, and it passed into the current owner's possession in 1988.

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1928 Lincoln Model L Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Lincoln Model L

(Data based on Model Year 1928 sales)
1928 Lincoln Model L Seven-Passenger Touring
Chassis#: 50008
Sold for USD$72,600
  2022 RM Sothebys : Open Roads
 
1928 Lincoln Model L Sports Phaeton
Chassis#: 49681
Sold for USD$134,400
  2019 Bonhams : Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction
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1928 Lincoln MODEL 144B THREE WINDOW SEDAN
Chassis#: 51235
Sold for USD$23,977
  2018 Bonhams : Den Hartogh Sale
 
1928 Lincoln MODEL L BROUGHAM ALL WEATHER TOWN CAR
Chassis#: 54091
Sold for USD$55,946
  2018 Bonhams : Den Hartogh Sale
 
1928 Lincoln Limousine
Sold for USD$26,000
  2015 Mecum - Rogers'Classic Car Museum 2015
 
1928 LINCOLN FOUR DOOR SPORT TOURING - SEVEN PASSENGER
Sold for USD$61,600
  2012 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale, Fl
 
1928 Lincoln Model L Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 48264
Sold for USD$68,750
  2010 RM Auctions - Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey
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1928 Lincoln Model L
Sold for USD$100,000
  2006 Bonhams & Butterfields at The Quail Lodge, Resort & Golf Club
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Lincoln Model Ls That Failed To Sell At Auction

1928 Lincoln Model L's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1928 LINCOLN 164 TOURING PHAETON 2007 BarrettJackson Palm Beach 2007   

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1928 Lincoln Model L Profiles

1928 Lincoln Model L vehicle information
1928 Lincoln Model L vehicle information
Locke Sport Tourer
Coachwork: Locke
Chassis #: 51112
1928 Lincoln Model L vehicle information
Holbrook Collapsible Cabriolet
Coachwork: Holbrook
Chassis #: 48253
1928 Lincoln Model L vehicle information
Locke Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Locke
Chassis #: 48264
1928 Lincoln Model L vehicle information
Locke Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Locke
Chassis #: 49681
Engine #: 49681