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Robert Emslie February 20, 2012 Hooniverse Asks 78 Comments

Today being President’s Day here in Amerika it gives us an opportunity to reflect on some occupiers of the White House that history and accomplishment have allowed us to venerate. Of course, this being Hooniverse, we’re actually more interested in their automotive namesakes and as the Washington Car is excessively obscure, we’re going to focus on the brand named for the other birthday boy – Lincoln. 

Lincoln was founded in 1915 by Henry M. Leland – who coincidentally also founded Cadillac making him the great-great grandfather of all our current American luxury offerings. Ford bought Lincoln in 1922, eager in anticipation of positioning the brand against Cadillac, which was the re-named Henry Ford Company from which he had been forcibly removed way back in 1902. Over the decades the company has offered everything from the most expensive American car at the time (the ’56-’57 Continental Mark II) to luxury pickups and the current standard setter for the livery industry. 

They’ve also been venerated in song, have been the subject of an early rocker – Hot Rod Lincoln. While that song describes a Model A infused with Lincoln V8 goodness, the brand itself has offered up a plethora of product that are as lust worthy as any. And so, on this day when we celebrate Presidents Washington and Lincoln, I want to know which cars named for the latter would be most worth spending bills featuring the former? What’s the Coolest Lincoln ever?

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  1. tonyola says:

    So many choices….a bathtub Cosmopolitan, Mark II, suicide-door convertible, three-window Zephyr coupe, '56 regular Lincs, and so on…

    A realistic and attainable choice for a near-daily-driver would be a Continental Mark III. But that's today and I might change my mind tomorrow.
    <img src="http://www.oldcaronline.com/photos/577107/main.jpg&quot; width=600>

  2. erikgrad says:

    I would have to say that the Continental convertible is the coolest Lincoln, though the show Entourage may have wrecked this vehicle's stature for many. JFK might also disagree. <img src="http://www.dirjournal.com/info/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/1965-lincoln.jpg&quot; width="600">

  3. Impalamino says:

    Shockingly difficult to find a picture of one, but there's been a '66 Continental coupe for sale down the hill from me for months. It's barn-faded red with a black vinyl top, and it looks great. Just a big beautiful old sled.
    <img src="http://automotivemileposts.com/lincoln/images/1966/linc1966coupewhite.jpg"&gt;

  4. Alff says:

    A Lincoln KB…

    <img src="http://images.hemmings.com/wp-content/uploads//2010/06/1933Lincoln_01_700.jpg"width=500&gt;

    Speaking of that color, do you know the difference between purple and pink?

  5. Beav says:

    <img src="http://www.lincolnsofdistinction.com/images/MarkII-1.jpg"&gt;

    My friend Barry's..Mark II, rare Vert…

  6. scroggzilla says:

    A Bill Stroppe prepped Lincoln Capri
    <img src="http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4147/5017923854_c2232c8821.jpg&quot; width="500" height="334" alt="54 carrera panamericana jack mcgrath lincoln capri">

  7. engineerd says:

    First, can the Mk II be considered a Lincoln? It was built under the Continental nameplate before Continental was merged into Lincoln.

    Second, I love the '37 Zephyr.

    <img width=500 src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2c/Lincoln_Zephyr_V12_Coupe_1937.jpg"&gt;

  8. OA5599 says:

    The coolest Lincoln is the Lincoln with the coolest owner.

    <img src="http://www.theelvisforum.com/download/file.php?id=238&sid=03aa9c0468847a17e11bb39739fbf4fa"&gt;

    Since P161911 addressed the technicality of a Mark II being produced by a short-lived separate division, here's one that's all Lincoln under the skin, er, batsuit.

    <img src="http://ladylixa.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/aa_1955_lincoln_futura_concept_car_batman.jpg?w=500"&gt;

  9. Dutch says:

    That's it. Right there in the lead photo!

  10. $kaycog says:

    Scroggzilla already posted mine, so now I'll go with the Lincoln Log Camper.

    <img src="http://www.blogcdn.com/www.gadling.com/media/2007/06/wooden-cabin2.gif"width="500"/&gt;

  11. mr. mzs zsm msz esq says:

    [youtube xGRzPFUlIeY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGRzPFUlIeY youtube] Ha, earlier today I mentioned the disappearing door Lincoln to OLRF. It's not the coolest that I would spend money on, but a funny coincidence. It also was for sale maybe twice in recent memory. Might have even been a NPOCP.

  12. smalleyxb122 says:

    For a practical daily driver with room for 4, the answer has to be the 2000-2002 LS with the 5-speed, even though the 5-speed was only offered with the 3.0.

    For a weekend drag car, the Mark VII LSC offers a great base for affordable performance upgrades.

    For a road racer/autocrosser, we’re still on the VII, but with a T-5 swap.

    For a boulevard cruiser, you cannot beat a ’61 Continental convertible.

    To draw a crowd at a show, you won’t go wrong with a ’37 Zephyr coupe.

    • Tanshanomi says:

      The two-door takes it on its excessive, in-your-face impracticality.

      • 4doornomore says:

        My granfather drove one just like the tan one…only baby blue. By the late eighties it had lost some of it's luster.

    • tonyola says:

      Those are the somewhat-decontented 1978-1979 models, with the semi-open rear wheel skirts being the giveaway. These cars didn't even have their own dashboards anymore with real gauges – they shared the basic no-info dash panel with the lesser Ford and Mercury biggies. If you want one of these mega-yachts, don't go later than 1977.

  13. XRSevin says:

    <img src="http://www.wakefieldsclassiccars.com/media/images/49_lincoln_front.jpg&quot; width="600">
    <img src="http://www.motorcarportfolio.com/customer_images/5573_NTAgTGluY29sbiBsZnQgZnJudC5qcGc=.jpg&quot; width="600">
    The "Baby Lincoln" in all its wall-eyed glory.
    Because my mom drove one.

  14. Devin says:

    I was going to say the Lincoln Mark VIII, because I like it a lot, and I found this photo.

    <img src="http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2007/10/773c_1.jpg.jpg"&gt;

    Seriously though, I really like the Mark VIII.

    <img src="http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/1492/1681/3728340017_large.jpg"&gt;

  15. salguod says:

    I love me a suicide door ragtop, but there's something ridiculously awesome about a '58 Mark III convertible with it's backward angled glass rear window:

    <img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2501/3976067555_76de41e38c.jpg&quot; width="500" height="375" alt="Continental Mk III Pair 1958 ">

    <img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5184/5869376287_5bd8d4a2b4.jpg&quot; width="500" height="300" alt="1958 Lincoln Continental Mark III convertible">

  16. DemonXanth says:

    The original lyrics were actually a V-12 Lincoln.
    [youtube 93zK-Z8D0gs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93zK-Z8D0gs youtube]

    Back when the US knew how to make V-12s :)

    • tonyola says:

      But the Zephyr V12 was actually not very good. The oil and water passages were inadequate as was crankcase ventilation and the engines were prone to overheating, sludge buildup, head warping, and premature ring wear. Not to mention 110 hp was pretty weak even by 1936 standards. Some of the problems were solved with time, but the engine never got genuinely good. Starting in the 1950s, a lot of the V12s in Zephyrs and Continentals were replaced with more modern Ford and Lincoln V8s.

  17. tonyola says:

    How about a '56 Premiere? I think the '56 is the best-looking of the 1950s non-Mark II Lincolns. Big yet linear and clean.
    <img src="http://bid123sold.com/Portals/0/Lincoln/1956%20Lincoln%20Premiere%204525.JPG&quot; width=600>

  18. mdharrell says:

    Inasmuch as the holiday itself has effectively been renamed, I'll have to go with a Studebaker President instead:

    <img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7142/6679827497_114b057a02.jpg&quot; width="500">

    …with Canadian plates, just to make Deartháir happy.

  19. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat says:

    I see it's been posted, but this, to me, is the apogee of land-yacht-dom.

    <img src="http://www.ohioconcours.com/1999/99-138.jpg&quot; width="400">

    I'd prefer to have a '59 or '62 Cadillac, or a '66 or '69 Imperial, but these do have a definite appeal to me, ever since I saw one, a hardtop, in the metal, looking essentially new, back in 1986. $2,900. Damn you, college!!!!!

  20. C³-Cool Cadillac Cat says:

    What? Nobody wants one of these gems:

    <img src="http://fwallpapers.com/files/images/lincoln-continental-1982.jpg&quot; width="400">

    My wife, then GF, bought one back in the mid-90's.

    What. A. Heap.

    A nice heap, but a heap nonetheless. Also, love that malaise 14 MPG from the 302!

  21. Lotte says:

    Some love for the recently departed Panther?
    <img src="http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/2905/mylincolntowncar.jpg&quot; width="450/">
    Had this in mind and wanted to put it to paper…well, I'd drive it (if I do say so myself).

  22. junkman says:

    Although I currently have a Brunn bodied '36 Lincoln and a daily driver '79 Town Coupe, the coolest Lincoln I ever had was probably the Mark VIII pilot car that Ford used to set a land speed record of over 180mph at Bonneville. It was a total sleeper in old man gold but it was completely tricked out with all kinds of subtle go-fast mods. It still had the soul of a Lincoln, though; the roll cage was upholstered in matching tan leather!

  23. topdeadcentre says:

    1959 Mark IV Limousine. Because in the postwar American-made factory-built limousine category, Cadillac Series 75's are just too common. I've posted this photo to Hooniverse before:
    <img src="http://world.peace.net/%7Ejoelll/markIV.jpg&quot; width="650/">
    The limousine had the divider glass; without divider glass it was called a "Town Car", the first model to carry that nameplate. In this photo, it's neatly eclipsing my Volvo V70R wagon, as its passenger compartmment is about the same length from the windshield to the back window as the whole wagon interior from the windshield to the tailgate. This car was for sale in 2009 for around $14,000 (if I remember correctly), in very good condition, needing only some minor restoration.

  24. Lotte says:

    Oh, and also this one:
    [youtube YjR1fmaOV9M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjR1fmaOV9M youtube]

  25. OA5599 says:

    It's hard to argue with a convertible, and suicide doors are nearly a given. What could be cooler than a suicide door car that converts to a cake and finally the Deathmobile?

    <img src="http://beta.images.theglobeandmail.com/archive/00511/Deathmobile_from_511843artw.jpg&quot; width=500>

  26. jjd241 says:


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