1930 Lincoln L-series Sport PhaetonSOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $100,000 - $125,000

$118,800 Sold

Model 176A, 90bhp, 384.8 cu. in. L-head V8 engine, three-main bearings, mechanical lifters, Stromberg carburetor, three-speed sliding gear transmission and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 136"

In 1930, production of the Model L was nearing an end, with an all-new K to appear in 1931. To help boost sales Lincoln made some subtle, but tasteful and visibly noticeable changes to the L models for 1930. The appearance of the 1930 Lincoln was practically the same as the previous year, but the fenders were painted to match the body color rather than in a contrasting shade. This discrete change gave the L a far more modern look. In addition, natural canvas tops and spare wheel covers also provided Lincoln ’ s open cars with yet another change in appearance.

All Lincolns in 1930 were equipped with four-wheel mechanical drum brakes and were powered by the Henry Leland designed, tried and true, 90bhp 384.8 cubic inch V8 engine. A significant mechanical change was the addition of Gemmer worm and roller type steering that provided more precise steering and considerably improved overall handling. The top speed of the Lincoln was 80mph, with a 10 to 30mph time of 5.2 seconds and fuel consumption of 12 miles to the gallon.

Offering customers 20 models to choose from in 1930, Lincoln managed to sell a total of 4,356 cars by year-end, which placed them 26th in the industry. The Lincoln offered here finished in gray and black is a four-door, four- passenger Sport Phaeton, known technically as the Model 176A. Only 53 examples of the 176A Sport Phaeton were made in 1930 and sold new for approximately $5,000, which was about ten times the price of a Ford Model A.

When the Lincoln commenced its thorough restoration in 1990, it was a low mileage example in very original condition. Wanting to maintain its originality as closely as possible, it was restored to as new condition, adhering to the original exterior colors and interior upholstery. To help preserve the high-quality restoration, heavy, custom-made "protection" carpets were made for the front and rear passenger compartments, as well as the running boards.

Shortly after completing its restoration the Lincoln was judged at 99 points and given a CCCA Senior award (#1583). The same year it won a Best in Class award at the Lincoln Owners Club Annual National Meet.

In the summer of 2005, the Lincoln was mechanically freshened up, which included among other things, rebuilding the starter-generator, the carburetors and the water pump. Additionally, a new thermostat was installed. The work performed ensured that the car would drive as well as it looked. Most recently the Lincoln took part in the 2006 CCCA Grand Experience at Hickory Corners, MI where it completed a 90-mile tour and received a Class Award.

A very well equipped and presentable example, the Sport Phaeton has the rear folding windshield, a trunk and trunk cover, the original side curtains, dual sidemount spares, an owner ’ s manual and a shop manual. The 1930 Lincoln is the most refined of the Lincoln "L" series, representing the last of the Leland-designed chassis, while incorporating the best influences of Edsel Ford ’ s sense of style and design.

Reference Number 7297

as of 2/20/2007

Car 1930 Lincoln L-series Sport Phaeton
VIN 60817 
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