Forester Lincoln in Chambersburg Celebrates 100 Years of Lincoln Automobiles

Our Lincoln dealership loves our current models, and we take a lot of pride in the history of the Lincoln brand. This auto company has always prioritized luxury driving experiences and automobiles that drivers can trust, which has led to 100 years for the Lincoln brand. We're celebrating a century of Lincoln at our luxury car dealership near Hagerstown, so read on to see how it all came together.

Henry Leland

Henry Leland, born 1843, is an inventor and engineer skilled in tool making and precision machining. He helps supply engines to Oldsmobile and comes up with other inventions such as electric barber clippers. He admires Abraham Lincoln and names his new automobile company after him: the Lincoln Motor Company.

World War I

Leland and his son contract with the U.S. government during the First World War and provide the army with Liberty Aircraft engines. This is also the time of the first Ford and Lincoln collaboration as Ford provides the cylinders for those engines.


 
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After the War

Henry Leland and the Lincoln Motor Company have a modern manufacturing plant after the war and put out the first Lincoln motor car in 1920. Tough financial times after the war led to Henry Ford buying the Lincoln company. Ford and Lincoln are separate entities with the Lincoln Motor Company focusing on stagecoach like cabins, the start of their luxury focus.

Booming Business

The Roaring Twenties and exceptional craftsmanship helps Lincoln motorcars stand out with sales rapidly rising as drivers enjoy smart style and engineering in models such as the Lincoln Model L. During the Great Depression, Edsel Ford, the chair during the time, introduces the Lincoln Zephyr as a mid-range vehicle with seven seats and an aerodynamic design.

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The Preferred Automobile of Presidents

Calvin Coolidge is the first president to choose a Lincoln model, the Model L, as his presidential car. Lincoln also crafts a convertible limousine for President Roosevelt in 1939, and they remain the brand for Presidents from then until 1972.

The Lincoln Continental

The Lincoln Motor Company comes out with the Lincoln Continental in 1939 with 25 produced and another 400 in 1940. This model becomes an icon with its attention-grabbing style and clear craftsmanship, and it remains part of the brand's lineup for many years.

After World War II

The Lincoln lineup grows tremendously in the years after the Second World War. The brand introduces models such as the Lido, Lincoln Sport, and the Premier, as well as a two-door Lincoln Continental. The brand focuses on elegant designs, which leads to New York City museums choosing the Continental as an automobile that's also a work of art.

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Special Edition Vehicles

Lincoln is one of the first car brands to work with contemporary designers to provide special editions for their vehicles. These models lead to automobiles with designs straight from some of the most iconic fashion designers and brands throughout the world.

The Lincoln Navigator

Lincoln starts to bring its luxury and sophistication to the SUV class with the Lincoln Navigator entering the scene in 1997. It instantly becomes the best-selling vehicle in the growing luxury SUV segment.

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Special Edition Vehicles

Lincoln is one of the first car brands to work with contemporary designers to provide special editions for their vehicles. These models lead to automobiles with designs straight from some of the most iconic fashion designers and brands throughout the world.

The Lincoln Navigator

Lincoln starts to bring its luxury and sophistication to the SUV class with the Lincoln Navigator entering the scene in 1997. It instantly becomes the best-selling vehicle in the growing luxury SUV segment.