The distinguished Lincoln Motor Car tradition has a founding father: Henry Leland, born in 1843. He was an engineer and machinist who invented both the Cadillac and the Lincoln. Henry was a passionate admirer of Abraham Lincoln, voting for him for President in 1864 and naming the Lincoln Motor Company after him. He co-founded Cadillac in 1902 and sold the company to General Motors in 1908.

Lincoln: The post-war luxury car

When World War I ended, Leland and his son Wilfred converted their Cadillac plant into a manufacturing facility for a new luxury car called the Lincoln, creating their first model in 1920. But the post-war economy was not kind and the company struggled, so the Lelands sold it to the Ford Motor Company in 1922. That's when Edsel Ford, the only son of Henry Ford, took over the destiny of the Lincoln motorcar.

Lincoln under the guiding hand of Henry Ford's son

Edsel Ford became President of the Ford Motor Company and took personal responsibility for reinvigorating the Lincoln motorcar, directing its progress for the rest of his life. He commissioned the leading American coachbuilders to put new life into Lincoln. During the 1920s, Lincoln was available in classic configurations like roadsters and elegant open town cars. Sales took off and Lincoln gained worldwide stature as a premier luxury car.

Lincoln proves resilient in tough times

At Ken Ganley Lincoln Middleburg Heights, we know that Ohio and the entire country struggled mightily in the Great Depression. Hard times took a toll on communities like Cleveland and Medina OH during the 1930s and the luxury car market was especially affected. Edsel Ford responded to the decline of the luxury market with the Lincoln-Zephyr, an aerodynamic mid-priced model that was successfully introduced in 1935.

The birth of the Lincoln Continental

In 1939, Ford's chief designer E.T. Gregorie created a one-of-a-kind car called the Lincoln Continental, built exclusively for Edsel Ford. But the car was too appealing to remain an isolated event. Edsel's friends were so excited about it that 25 more were built that year. Discovering that they had a hit on their hands, Ford produced 400 more Lincoln Continental models in 1940 and the car was off to becoming an automotive landmark.

Another world war and another post-war Lincoln era

After World War II, Lincoln motorcars sold well at first but were soon challenged by a dynamic new Cadillac design. Beginning in 1952, a major Lincoln redesign produced new models like the Lincoln Sport and the Lincoln Continental Mark II, a two-door luxury coupe. In 1961, Lincoln challenged the heavy competitive chrome emphasis with an "understated elegance" look. It became synonymous with a popular Lincoln Continental identity.

Steering a new course into the modern age

Lincoln introduced the Town Car in 1981 and by 2006 it had become the largest car in America. Meanwhile in the early part of the new millennium, the Lincoln LS Luxury Sport model was unveiled. Then in 2005 the mid-size Lincoln Aviator created a new generation of SUVs that are setting the global standard for luxury and performance.

Test drive the newest expression of the Lincoln tradition

You're invited to review our entire collection of new Lincoln SUVs, including the new Lincoln Aviator, Lincoln Navigator, Lincoln Nautilus and Lincoln Corsair. Then make the short trip from Strongsville or Parma, OH and test drive a new Lincoln model with a proud history of luxury at Ken Ganley Lincoln Middleburg Heights in Middleburg Heights, OH.

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