Lincoln at Los Angeles Auto Show Press Days: Celebration of Its Past and Future As Brand Rolls Out Its Reinvention

   Lincoln at Los Angeles Auto Show Press Days: Celebration of Its Past and
                  Future As Brand Rolls Out Its Reinvention

PR Newswire

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  oThe brand pays tribute to its heritage today, displaying seven of the most
    influential Lincoln designs
  oThursday sees a display full of the all-new MKZ premium midsize sedan and
    MKZ Hybrid, the future of Lincoln, on the Lincoln stand
  oLincoln launches on Tumblr beginning with the
    visually stunning classic Lincolns shown on the stand and select images
    from archives. Continues with an all-new collection of photographs by
    photographers Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg

The reinvention of Lincoln is fully under way with the launch of the all-new
MKZ. Beautiful design, warm, personal and surprising, Lincoln will transform
before media's eyes today with seven iconic Lincolns of the past possessing
the stand. On Thursday it will turn to all MKZs, signaling the change.

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Lincoln's Elegant Heritage

Since 1922, the year Edsel Ford signed the agreement purchasing the Lincoln
Motor Company from its founder Henry Leland, the hallmark of Lincoln has been
its elegant simplicity. For Edsel, the key to revitalizing Lincoln was
styling. His vision for design was that every line, contour and angle should
have intent. The pure sensitivity of a line is at the heart of Lincoln's
heritage – carried into the present moment of Lincoln's reinvention with the
MKZ premium midsize sedan and MKZ Hybrid.

The seven classic Lincolns on display today are:

1929 Lincoln L Dietrich Convertible Coupe: During this era, Lincoln was known
as the Lincoln Motor Company. The greyhound mascot atop the radiator, which
was produced by the famed silversmith Gorham, was chosen by Edsel Ford to
symbolize grace, elegance and speed. Only 75 examples of this Dietrich-bodied
car were produced in a two-year run, carrying a base price of $6,200. Noted
for its quiet operation, the engine is an L-head V8 displacing 385 cubic
inches and producing 90 horsepower at 2,800 rpm. Owner: Thomas Hartman, Rancho
Palos Verdes

1932 Lincoln KB LeBaron Convertible Roadster: The celebrated KB model debuted
in 1932, introducing V12 power and heightened style from Lincoln. In addition
to offering nine standard and 14 factory custom models, Edsel Ford invited
numerous custom coachbuilders to work their magic with the new KB. Brunn,
Dietrich, LeBaron, Judkins and Willoughby were prominent among them. This
LeBaron Convertible Roadster was priced at $4,600, making it the entry-level
semi-custom model in Lincoln's book. The 448-cubic-inch engine produces 150
horsepower at 3,400 rpm and weighs 1,070 pounds. Owner: Thomas Hartman, Rancho
Palos Verdes

1937 Lincoln Derham Sport Sedan: Built on the Model K chassis with a
150-horsepower 414-cubic-inch V12 engine, this one-of-a-kind design
demonstrates the maturing of automotive streamlining in the 1930s. Its
inverted teardrop headlights, pontoon fenders, fastback roof, and unique
molding result in a truly formidable appearance. In 1937, the Derham Coach
Company risked building this sport sedan on speculation. Price and the Great
Depression kept it unsold until 1938 when Thomas Morris of New York City
purchased this unique model. From 1947 through 1977, the car moved among
owners in Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota. After it sat in a barn for 20 years,
Ed Burchman purchased the car in 1977. Beginning in 2000, he undertook the
restoration of every component from the five-foot muffler to the sliding
sunroof. His 9,000 hours of work were rewarded by a first-in-class win at the
2004 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Owner: Edmund Burchman, Rossmoor

1937 Lincoln-Zephyr Coupe-Sedan: Introduced in 1936 under the guidance of
Edsel Ford, the Lincoln-Zephyr was the first commercially successful
aerodynamic car. The Chrysler and DeSoto Airflows debuted in 1934, but were
not broadly accepted. In contrast, the Zephyr family grew to 85,640 cars by
1939. Of this number, only 5 percent were Coupe-Sedans. Amazingly, records
today show that only fourteen 1937 Coupe-Sedans still exist, and the car
displayed here is surely the best example. An enduring Lincoln design element
is its distinctive split grille, executed to recall the bow wave of a boat
gliding through water. With headlamps faired into the fenders and long side
windows that curve to match the sweeping bodylines, the car's inherent
streamlining captured the public's imagination. Powered by a 267-cubic-inch
V12 producing 110 horsepower, the Zephyr was acclaimed for outstanding highway
manners, appropriate to a car named after the Burlington Zephyr streamlined
train of the era. Owner: David Caparone, Paso Robles

1940 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet - Edsel Ford returned from Europe in 1938
inspired to have a new car that was "strictly continental" in its design. He
chose designer E.T. "Bob" Gregorie to lead the development of this car that
was initially to be a one-off for Edsel to drive on vacation in Florida. Upon
seeing the enthusiastic reception from his friends, Edsel chose to put it into
production. The result was the legendary Continental, acclaimed by architect
Frank Lloyd Wright to be "the most beautiful car in the world" and, in 1951,
chosen by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as one of eight cars to be
exhibited for "excellence as works of art." With the end of the K-Series
Lincolns in 1939, the Continental continued Lincoln's V12 heritage with a
292-cubic-inch engine producing 120 horsepower. As production commenced, Edsel
Ford owned the 20th Continental produced. The car displayed here is No. 24,
shipped on Jan. 4, 1940. George Gehrig, cousin of baseball legend Lou Gehrig,
owned it for many years. Owner: Elliott Jones, Huntington Beach

1956 Continental Mark II: Widely acclaimed as a milestone in American
automotive design, the Continental Mark II was created under the direction of
Edsel Ford's son, William Clay Ford. The low, elongated profile did not need
chrome, two-tone paint, or sharp styling cues to accentuate its beauty. The
long hood concealed a massive 368-cubic-inch engine that produced 285
horsepower. Mounted on the hood is the four-pointed star that later became
Lincoln's emblem. Continentals were hand-made. The paint was applied multiple
times, sanded, double lacquered and polished. The goal was to create the most
luxurious, carefully crafted production car in America. Famous owners included
Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Dwight Eisenhower, Barry Goldwater, Howard
Johnson and Nelson Rockefeller. This example was built especially for
Elizabeth Taylor with bespoke paint and interior that matched the color of her
eyes. Owner: Robert and Nancy Ratinoff, Sherman Oaks

1961 Lincoln Continental Sedan: Continuing Lincoln's tradition of restrained
elegance, the 1961 Continental introduced the unique center-opening doors and
chrome-accented upper shoulder line that established a signature look for
Lincoln and remains one of the most enduring designs of all time, a complete
original. The 1961 Continental was honored by the Industrial Design Institute
with its coveted bronze medallion. The chiseled profile was the work of seven
designers: Eugene Bordinat, Don DeLaRossa, Elwood Engle, Gale Halderman, John
Najjar, Robert M. Thomas and George Walker. Powered by a 430-cubic-inch V8
producing 300 horsepower, the Lincoln Continental delivered driving pleasure
commensurate with its breakthrough design. This car has been in San Diego
since new, has been driven only 70,000 miles and is acclaimed as a Lincoln
Continental Owners Club Senior Car. Owner: Joe Finkbiner, San Diego

All-New Lincoln MKZ

The all-new MKZ is the new face of Lincoln, representing a significant
milestone in the brand's ongoing reinvention. This is the future of Lincoln in
style and substance.

  oMKZ is the first of four new distinctively Lincoln vehicles to be
    introduced in the next four years
  oEach will be an entry into a major volume segment of the overall premium
    market and collectively will provide Lincoln with coverage in more than 80
    percent of the market
  oThe new MKZ, like all new Lincoln vehicles, will feature a driving
    experience that is refined yet engaging. Innovative use of new
    technologies incorporated in standard Lincoln Drive Control creates the
    best of both worlds – scintillating dynamic qualities and performance with
    superb comfort
  oThe all-new MKZ Hybrid is an outstanding example of the new Lincoln – at
    45 mpg city, highway and combined, it delivers more miles per gallon than
    any other luxury vehicle sold in America
  oThe visually and technically stunning retractable panoramic roof becomes a
    Lincoln signature, offering a 15.2-square-foot glass panel and one of the
    largest rooftop openings available on any modern sedan
  oPush-button shift is a unique execution that replaces the traditional
    mechanical transmission shift lever with a contemporary five-button
    interface and dramatically opens up the center console
  oLincoln-exclusive THX^® II Certified Audio System, with 700 watts, 14
    channels and 14 speakers, is available

Now You Can Follow Lincoln on Tumblr

Lincoln's iconic past and exciting future are juxtaposed on its new blog
launching today on Tumblr, For this occasion,
U.S. photographers Kevin Burg and Jamie Beck have created evocative
"cinemagraphs" ^ depicting scenes starring iconic Lincolns.

A cinemagraph (the term was coined by Burg and Beck, who used the technique to
animate their fashion and news photographs beginning in early 2011) is an
image that contains a living cinematic moment that allows a glimpse of time to
be experienced and preserved endlessly. Starting in-camera, the artists take a
traditional photograph and combine a living moment into the image through the
isolated animation of multiple frames.

About Lincoln 
Lincoln is the luxury automotive brand of Ford Motor Company, committed to
creating compelling vehicles with an exceptional ownership experience to
match. We will introduce four new distinctive Lincoln vehicles in the next
four years, including the all-new 2013 MKZ.

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