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In 1917, Henry M. Leland founded the Lincoln Company to build Liberty aircraft engines with his son during the war, naming the company after Abraham Lincoln. After the war, the factories were modified to begin production of luxury vehicles. Due to severe financial troubles, the company was forced into bankruptcy and sold to the Ford Motor Company in 1922. With the purchase by Ford, Lincoln changed its bodywork style and reduced prices, making Lincoln one of the top-selling luxury brands in America.

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Presidents in Lincolns

Not only luxury cars for the general population, Lincolns were also known for transporting past U.S. Presidents. In 1939, the first presidential Lincoln was a V-12 convertible produced specifically for Franklin D. Roosevelt. In the 1980s, Reagan would have no other vehicle.

Lincoln Through The Years

The first car produced by Lincoln was the L series in 1920 when the company was still owned by Leland. After the purchase by Ford, several new styles were introduced, including four-door sedans, a phaeton that could seat four passengers, a roadster version for two passengers, and a touring version, which came as a sedan or limousine. In the mid-1920s, many police forces used large touring Lincoln vehicles, which were known as "Police Flyers." During the 1930s, custom versions of several different Lincolns were built.

In 1936, the first Lincoln-Zephyr was launched. It was smaller than previous vehicles and launched under its own marque. It sold as a separate brand until 1940, when it became a model offered by Lincoln. The creation of the Zephyr led to the development of the first Continental, which was designed as a one-off vehicle for Henry Ford's son, who wanted a more European-style car. The Continental went on to become the flagship car for Lincoln until 1981 when the Town Car was introduced as a separate model instead of the high-end version of the Continental line.

In 2007, Lincoln began to rename its newer vehicles using a three-letter designation that begins with MK. The Town Car and the Navigator, their luxury SUVs, are the only models that do not follow the naming convention. The reason for this change in naming structure was to mimic other luxury brands like Cadillac. The company fell behind in domestic and imported luxury vehicle production during the early to mid-2000s, which resulted in the introduction of several new and updated models. One such model was the midsize rear wheel drive Lincoln LS, Motor Trend's Car of the Year in 2000. Ford also expanded the Lincoln line to make up for the closing of Mercury in 2010.

Lincoln Models

Current Lincoln models include the Lincoln MKS, MKT, MKX, MKZ, and Navigator. The 2008 MKS is a full-size luxury sedan with front-wheel drive designed to complement the rear-wheel drive Town Car, which Lincoln stopped producing in 2011. The MKS also comes in an all-wheel drive version. The current version was released in 2008, with a 2013 refresh unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2011.

In 2010, Lincoln launched the MKT, which is a full-size crossover vehicle that can seat up to seven passengers. It was created to be a more full efficient alternative than the Navigator, Lincoln's first full-size luxury SUV.

The MKX and the MKZ launched in 2007. The MKX is a midsize luxury crossover SUV that replaced the Lincoln Aviator line. It seats up to five passengers, comes in front- or all-wheel drive, and shares many elements with the Ford Edge, including the platform, power train, and other elements. The 2007 MKX underwent an upgrade in features and design, and the updated version was released in 2011.

The MKZ, a midsize, entry-level luxury sedan, replaced the Lincoln Zephyr. It was the first vehicle to be named using the MK naming system. In 2010, the model was refreshed, and a hybrid version was launched at the same time. The hybrid version is the first to be priced the same as the conventional model and was launched as a competitor to the Lexus HS 250h model.

Lincoln Products and Technologies

To ensure that it remains a viable competitor in the luxury brand market, Lincoln revised its look and introduced several innovative technologies that made driving more comfortable, such as parking assist, enhanced cruise control and power steering, additional storage space, and easy to use controls. The new and advanced technologies make for better performance as Lincoln anticipated the driver's needs.

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