1922 Lincoln--1280 x 960
Image Copyright Ford Motor Company
Lincoln was named after the President that
founder Henry Martyn Leland had first voted for in 1964. Leland was
the engineering mind behind Cadillac, although he later left the
company after a clash with GM founder William Durant.
While extremely well-built, Lincoln styling in the beginning was behind the times, and the company went into receivership in 1922 after less than two years of car production. It was purchased by Henry Ford for $8 million. Although Ford and Leland did not get along--Henry Ford left the company which later became Cadillac partly out of irritation with Leland's critical comments concerning Ford's own cars--it is probable that Ford's recognition of Leland's brilliance factored into his uncharacteristic decision to buy the company.
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