Top Lincolns of All Time
Ever since its founding in 1917, Lincoln has been an integral part of the American automotive industry. Initially, Lincoln manufactured Liberty aircraft engines as part of the World War I effort, but it soon branched out into luxury motorcars, beginning with the L Series in 1920. Two years later, Ford purchased the fledgling carmaker and it became Ford’s luxury division. Lincoln has made many memorable cars over the years, and here are some of its finest. 1961 Lincoln Continental:
Four years after the introduction of the first generation Continental, Lincoln debuted a stunning new take on the full-size sedan. The new Continental, which bowed in early 1961, featured tasteful applications of chrome, an aggressive front end and, most notably, suicide rear doors. The massive, beautifully styled automobile was the perfect car for the Mad Men era, when gas was plentiful and times were good.
1961 Lincoln X-100:
This was the limousine that JFK was riding in when he was killed that tragic November evening in Dallas. The car was a 1961 Continental that received a long list of modifications, including a removable bulletproof top for parades. Final cost for the car was around $205,000, according to the Benson Ford Research Center.
After the assassination, the car was briefly impounded as evidence, then put back into service in 1964 after another intensive overhaul. Chief among these adjustments was the installation of a non-removable top. After the JFK assassination, the Secret Service required that all presidents ride in a fully armored limousine, and open top touring cars quickly disappeared from the White House garage. However, Lincolns would continue to grace presidential entourages for years to come after the JFK assassination.
1981 Lincoln Town Car:
This was the first iteration of a long line of Lincoln full-size sedans that would bear the Town Car marque. It featured a traditional rear-wheel drive setup, along with a spacious bench seat interior. The Town Car lineup would come to be Lincoln’s prize breadwinner through the 1980s and 1990s, up until the Town Car’s final run in 2011.
1998 Lincoln Navigator:
The Navigator came at the perfect time, as America was in the midst of a love affair with the full-size, truck-based SUV. It was a heavily facelifted version of the popular Ford Expedition, with a plush interior and a healthy offering of options. It was a home run for Lincoln, bringing in thousands of new customers and increasing its bottom-line by a considerable margin.
2000 Lincoln LS:
By 2000, American consumers were getting tired of massive, full-size domestic luxury sedans. Audi, BMW and upstart Lexus were beginning to dominate the American luxury market. To combat this, Lincoln introduced the LS, which was an attractive, rear-wheel drive performance-oriented sedan that would fight the Audis and BMWs on its own terms. The car garnered rave reviews from critics and took home Motor Trend’s prestigious 2000 Car of the Year award.