Model L Sedan
1930 Lincoln Model L Sedan
Under Edsel Ford’s direction, Lincoln continued to gain status, as did the car’s image as one of America’s leading luxury automobiles. Unlike his mechanically minded father, Edsel was a man of sophisticated taste with a keen eye for design and classic good looks. He also contracted with coach builders to provide many special offerings that appeared in Lincoln showrooms, as both catalogued and coach-built customs. In 1925, Gorham silversmiths designed a chrome greyhound mascot for the radiator cap. It was molded using the “lost wax” process, a method that gave consistently fine detail. Rolls-Royce also used lost wax for its Spirit of Ecstasy.
For consignment a mid-restoration car that to this point has been meticulously restored. The limousine 4 door hardtop metal body is straight and true and has nice paint. The engine runs and has been completely restored, as has the drive train. All parts are present, they just need to be put together and finished, if you are up to the task, you will have a gorgeous example of the 1930 Lincoln L…the last year for this model.
Very fine workmanship has been done by the restorer, and I might add all by himself, all within his shop. Right down to the chroming process all was done in house. The car is in this state because the restorer was a very generous man and would continually put his car (this car) on hold, to do others cars. Time passed, and it just ran out, and so we have a mid-restoration example. All parts are there excepting the running boards which need to be fabricated out of wood, then wrapped in rubber.
Dash, Mahogany steering wheel, floors, gearshift, steering column, headliner have been completed. Framework is solid for seating, and a large bolt of hard-fought sought-after cloth that matches the original interior cloth sits within this car ready to cover surfaces. Door panels are not finished, and interior pillars need to be covered, although they are patterned. What is there, and if one has vision, it will be a spectacular car when finished off.
A nothing less than awesome 384.8ci Flat head, fork and blade connecting rod, V8 sits fully restored within the engine bay. It will run, and just the chrome in this engine is worth the price of admission. This massive power plant produces a whopping 90HP, making this type of vehicle a favorite among gangsters. A 3-speed manual, fully restored transmission is attached to the back of this massive engine.
So successful was this frame, when Edsel Ford took over Lincoln, he kept the chassis exactly as it was, and it remained this way for 10 years. The mechanics of the steering is fascinating to watch and can be seen clearly on this current fender-less car. Massive drum brakes used by many a salt flat speed car and yes, they are that strong! All undercarriage surfaces are pristine, and fully restored.
With still much meticulous work to be done, the parts are there, and this could be a stunning build. Unlike many builds though, putting money into it will certainly yield results either in show awards or monetarily. Also a mention from the consigner as there are whispers that this car was the official car of the Mexican President in the day, although with the constant state of turmoil the Mexican government was in during this time period, it is difficult to confirm this, but we are throwing that out there.
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This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.