Lincoln is an American automobile manufacturer that produces a range of luxury cars and luxury sport utility vehicles. Some Used Lincoln offerings include the: Lincoln Navigator luxury sport utility vehicle, Lincoln MKX sport utility vehicle, Lincoln MKZ sedan, Lincoln Mark LT pickup truck and the Lincoln Town Car full-size sedan.
The Lincoln company was established in 1917 by Henry Leland to build Liberty aircraft engines for the First World War. Lincoln would not introduce its first car until 1920, when the factory was retooled for luxury car production. Leland was also instrumental in the founding of the Cadillac Automobile Company in 1902 by forcing Henry Ford out of the Henry Ford Company. Ironically, Leland's Lincoln business was sold to Ford in 1922. From the start, the Lincoln brand has represented Ford's domestic luxury division and throughout most of its history has been a best-selling domestic luxury car.
The Lincoln brand has produced a large number of significant vehicles throughout the century. Lincoln was one of the pioneers of streamlining with the introduction o the Lincoln Zephyr in the late 1930's. In 1940, the Lincoln Continental was developed, which would go on to be honored for design excellence by the Museum of Modern Art.
Lincoln Sport Utility Vehicles
Unlike competitors, Lincoln remained steadfast to large luxury cars until relatively recent times. It wasn't until 1998 that Lincoln would take a major risk and deviate from the luxury car market with the introduction of one of the earliest full-size luxury sport utility vehicles, the Lincoln Navigator. Lincoln's Navigator was released in 1998 and enjoys continued production through the current model year and into the future. The Lincoln Navigator has been hugely successful for Lincoln, and at the height of its popularity industry watchers estimated each Lincoln Navigator sold was contributing approximately $12,000 in profit to the bottom line of Lincoln dealers.
While the Navigator was a major success story, Lincoln has had its share of vehicles that did not spark the public interest. The Lincoln Blackwood was released only for the 2002 model year as a limited edition full-size luxury pickup truck. The Blackwood used sheetmetal from the front of the ultra-successful Lincoln Navigator tacked onto an upmarket Ford F-150. The experiment was not a success, therefore production was not continued after the initial model year. Only 3,356 Blackwood trucks were produced. A second luxury pickup truck was introduced as the Lincoln Mark LT in 2006. This entry avoided the pitfalls experienced with the Blackwood, and has been successful enough to span at least three model years and can now be found as a used car.
Lincoln Small Luxury Cars and Crossovers
To compete with smaller luxury cars from foreign and domestic competitors, Lincoln has unveiled a series of smaller sport and luxury sedans over the past decade. The trend was initiated with the Lincoln LS, which was introduced in 2000 and ran through 2006. The LS (Luxury Sport) was replaced by the Lincoln MK-series vehicles, including the Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln MKS and the Lincoln MKX crossover.