LINCOLN THROUGH THE YEARS

See how Lincoln has redefined the luxury automobile experience in every era along the way.
  • Four men are shown here around a table signing the purchase document for Lincoln in 1922

    1922: FORD BUYS LINCOLN

    Edsel Bryant Ford purchased the Lincoln Motor Company to build cars that were as stylish as they were useful. His father had made the most popular car in the world, but Edsel wanted to make the best car in the world.

  • A drawing of the Lincoln Model L is shown here

    1924: FORD REINVENTS AMERICAN LUXURY

    The Lincoln Model "L" was released. It combined the new assembly line process with Edsel's dedication to luxury design and stylish coachwork.

  • A presidential Lincoln motorcade is shown here

    1924: THE PRESIDENTIAL FAVOURITE

    Calvin Coolidge chose Lincoln (the model 'L') as his presidential car. Lincoln would go on to make the official President’s car from 1939 to 1972.

  • A design document depicting the Lincoln Continental is shown here

    1938: INSPIRED BY TRAVEL

    Inspired by his time in Europe, Edsel returned to create a new car that was "strictly Continental" in its design. He and the Lincoln design team began sketching out new ideas.

  • A painting of a 1939 Lincoln Continental in front of a house is shown here

    1939: THE FIRST CONTINENTAL

    The first Lincoln Continental is released to the public. It’s widely regarded as one of the most elegant automobiles ever made, and considered “the most beautiful car in the world” by Architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who bought two.

  • A sketch of a Lincoln Continental is shown here

    1951: A WORK OF ART

    In 1951, New York City’s more prominent museum chose the Continental as one of eight automobiles exhibited for excellence as works of art.

  • A drawing of a Lincoln vehicle is shown here

    1976: LUXURY BY DESIGN

    Lincoln begins partnering with contemporary designers to create special-edition series automobiles. Some of the most celebrated luxury fashion brands contribute iconic designs.

  • A red 1998 Lincoln Navigator is shown here in front of a house

    1997: PERFECTING THE SUV

    Lincoln releases a full-size luxury sport utility vehicle, the 1998 Navigator, which goes on to become the #1 selling vehicle in an emerging luxury SUV segment.

A Century of Measuring Greatness through Humanity

Since the beginning, Lincoln has delivered a truly effortless driving experience above all else. Now we’re even more committed to creating exhilarating sanctuaries, along with an electrified-vehicle portfolio and an evolving suite of human-centred design details, as we boldly enter our next century.

INTELLIGENT DESIGN DETAILS, YESTERDAY AND TODAY

Learn more about each feature in the gallery below.