The Lincoln L series was Lincoln's first model. It was built in Detroit, Michigan and was introduced in 1917. The engine offered was a 384.8 in³ (6.3 L) 60° L-head V8.
Henry Leland created the Lincoln car company after leaving Cadillac. After World War I, during which the company made aircraft engines, they came out with the L-series. It was designed by Leland's son-in-law, and the design was thought to be old fashioned. When it finally was produced, it hit hard times from the post war recession.
Henry Ford Buys Lincoln (1922-1923)
In financial trouble, Leland sold the company to Henry Ford in 1922 for $8 million. After a few months, he got rid of the Lelands and had his son, Edsel Ford, design a new body for the L-series. Under Ford, the L-series was a robust car. In the first year, hydraulic shock absorbers were added.
In 1924, the L-series was given a newer look with such things as a nickel-plated radiator shell. 1925 is identified by the absence of cowl lights. Front and rear bumpers became standard. The smallest L-series was the 2-door, 2-passenger roadster. 1926 was basically the same except for some interior changes.
In 1927, the L-series got smaller wheels. Also, 4-wheel mechanical brakes became standard. All instruments were on an oval surface. A larger engine(though no HP increase) came in 1928. 1929 brought safety glass and dual-windshield wipers. 1930 was the last year for the L-series.
In the 1986 comedy movie, The Money Pit, the house came with a 1929-30 Lincoln L-series 4-door Sport Phaeton as a part of the purchase.