Lincoln | Cobra

The Lincoln Motor Company founded in 1917 is an American manufacturer of luxury automobiles. Founded in 1917 the company was named after Abraham Lincoln.

The company encountered severe financial troubles during the early 1920s and was forced into bankruptcy and sold to the Ford Motor Company in 1922.

Cadillac was Lincoln’s chief competitor. When Ford acquired Lincoln, it quickly became one of America’s top selling luxury brands alongside Cadillac, Pierce-Arrow, Marmon, Peerless, Duesenberg, and Packard.
Although several body styles were introduced, Lincoln also contracted with dozens of coachbuilders during the 1920s and early 30s to create multiple custom built vehicles.

The smaller Lincoln-Zephyr was introduced for the 1936 model year as a marque of its own, It remained a separate marque until the end of the 1940 model year and then became a model under Lincoln, when the large Lincoln Twelve was discontinued.

In 1940, the Lincoln Continental commenced production as a personal luxury car. The styling of the rear tire mount proved popular; it would become a styling feature of the Lincoln Mark series. Those who work on custom cars call a similar mount a “Continental kit”.

Lincoln has a long history of providing official state limousines for the U.S. President.

The AC Cobra, sold as the Ford/Shelby AC Cobra in the United States and often known colloquially as the Shelby Cobra, is an American-engined British sports car produced intermittently since 1962.

British specialist manufacturers, AC Cars had been using the Bristol straight-6 engine in its small-volume production, including its AC Ace two-seater roadster. This had a hand-built body with a steel tube frame, and aluminum body panels.

AC exported completed, painted and trimmed cars (less engine and gearbox) to Shelby who then finished the cars in his workshop in Los Angeles by installing Ford engine and gearboxes.