|The famous Lincoln Greyhound mascot, designed by Gorham, silversmiths in Rhode Island|
The Gilmore Museum does not limit itself except insofar as its focus as on American cars, which allows for a broad enough range. After walking through the special area devoted to Franklins, the visitor next comes to a wing given over to Lincolns. The Gilmore has offered space to car clubs and the Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum at the Gilmore is actually under the auspices of the Lincoln Motor Car Foundation. Growing up in a Ford town as I did, it was always a dream to own a Lincoln and I even once had the chance to drive a magnificent 1968 sedan with the famous suicide doors--and power vent windows. But in the years since Lincoln has become something closer to what Mercury once was: gussied-up Fords, and now Ford SUVs. But in years past the Lincoln was a marque as good as any in the industry, as the cars at the Gilmore Museum show.
|Origins of the Lincoln Motor Company|
|1926-27 Lincoln Chassis and Engine|
|1922 Lincoln L Sport Phaeton by the American Body Company|
The first Lincolns produced under Ford ownership were essentially the same cars that the Lelands had been building and the Lincoln L, with its L-head V8, was to continue with the same drivetrain and chassis until 1930 but the major difference was the new body styles that were introduced, as well as offering custom coachbuilt choices. The American Body Company of Buffalo, New York, had been a supplier of bodies for the Ford Model T, as well as for the noted manufacturers located in the Buffalo area: Franklin, Pierce-Arrow and Thomas. In the Teens and Twenties American also supplied bodies to Marmon, Wills St.Claire and others, and due to the existing relationship with Ford also provided standard bodies for the Lincoln L. The company specialized in touring models, of which the car on display is a fine example. Researchers at the museum have examined the body and are not entirely certain it was from the American Body Company as Brunn & Co., also of Buffalo, provided similar bodies to Lincoln.
At some point in its life, the display car had the rear portion of its body removed and it was turned into a truck. A Lincoln enthusiast had the body recreated to its original appearance.
|1928 Lincoln Convertible Sedan by Dietrich|
The Convertible Sedan was a Dietrich specialty and this car features fixed side-window frames and a division window behind the front seat. With the top down, it becomes an open Phaeton, with the glass in the doors and the division window serving as a windshield for the rear passengers. The car had a factory price of $6,500 and 38 were built in this style.
|1930 Lincoln Type 172 Berline by Judkins|
|1928 Lincoln Type 163B Sport Phaeton by Locke|
|1923 Lincoln Type 123A Phaeton by Brunn|
|1932 Lincoln KB Convertible Sedan by Dietrich|
|1939 Lincoln K Convertible Sedan by LeBaron|
|1939 Royal Canadian Tour Car by LeBaron|
|1940 Lincoln -Zephyr Brunn Town Limousine|
|1942 Lincoln-Zephyr Sedan|
|1936 Lincoln-Zephyr Coupe Sedan|
|1940 Lincoln-Zephyr Continental Cabriolet|
|1946 Lincoln Continental Club Coupe|
|1955 Continental Mark II Sport Coupe Prototype|
|1960 Lincoln Continental Mark V Four Door Hardtop|
|1962 Lincoln Continental 4 Door Sedan|
|1971 Lincoln Continental Mark III 2 Door Hardtop|
|The Lincoln Motor Car Heritage Museum|