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1930 Lincoln Model L Restomod

  • 1 of just 244 Model Ls produced in 1930
  • Modern fuel-injected V-8 with upgraded drivetrain and suspension for cruising at highway speeds
  • Incredible paint and original woodwork, chrome, and stainless throughout
  • Classic good looks and modern amenities

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The Lincoln Motor Company was founded in 1917 by engineer Henry Leland and his son Wilfred to produce Liberty Aero engines during World War I. Leland, who had founded Cadillac in 1903, decided to re-enter the luxury car market after the war was over with a new car: the Lincoln. Introduced in 1921, it was powered by a 358-cubic-inch L-head, 60-degree V-8 engine. This lovely 1930 Model L represents the last year of L production, as the effects of the post-WWI recession took their toll. This example retains all of the charm and style of the original, with a completely updated suspension and running gear that allows a far smoother ride and reliable highway speeds.

Take a close look, and it’s obvious the care and skill used to restore the amazing bodywork. The body seams, panel fit, and alignment are all excellent, showcasing a stellar two-tone paint finish and the restored original chrome and stainless. Visually, the big Lincoln is a period-correct piece – 100 percent classic - with the proper lamps, horns, dual side mounts, and rear trunk proudly displayed. Features such as engraved windows, brass luxury trim, and fine pinstriping are still in place, indicating the luxurious value of this high-priced auto - an astonishing $6,000 when new over 93 years ago.

Upon further inspection, you’ll start to see the modern touches, such as power bucket front seats, a modern tilt steering wheel, and all new chrome wire wheels and radial tires plus side mounts. The modern detailed burgundy upholstery is flawless, with new carpets, door panels, and the headliner all matching. The classic Lincoln “suicide” doors reveal a new split bench seat in the back, with lovely original woodgrain trim and brass accents everywhere. Up front, the classic woodgrain dash and garnish moldings are beautiful, with modern VDO gauges in place, along with air-conditioning and a modern digital sound system. A modern Lokar shifter resides on the floor as it should, the wipers have been upgraded to electric operation, and the overall fit and finish of the interior is amazing. The skill with which the modern amenities were added to this classic luxury car are both expensive and impressive.

Open the hood, and things get interesting, with a modern 4.6-liter fuel-injected Ford V-8 tucked neatly in the clean engine compartment. All of the advantages of modern motoring are at your fingertips, with Ford’s AOD automatic overdrive transmission providing easy highway cruising. Combine that with a Ford 9-inch rear axle with a 3.50 gear ratio, and this big Lincoln will hustle down the road like few 93-year-old classic luxury cars ever could. Handling was improved with an IFS front suspension with tubular A-arms and adjustable coilovers. Half-ton modern leaf springs were added in the rear, and of course, power rack and pinion steering and four-wheel disc brakes are also upgraded and safe. The car starts easily, idles silently, and is fully ready to provide many years of classic motoring comfort. One look underneath will assure you that you are buying a car that is clean, well set up, and most likely will be the most fun driver in your fleet.

Impressive and luxurious good looks from the first classic age of motoring, combined with the very best conveniences our modern age has to offer, are a compelling legacy for this wonderful automobile. It is not uncommon for enthusiasts to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and several years building custom cars. All the money has been spent and the hard work done, presenting you an opportunity to buy the finished product today.

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