Lincoln limo is rare, rarely driven, and a Full Classic

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Lincoln produced only 74 of its Model 162A LeBaron cabriolet, landaulette and brougham models for 1929, and they are considered Full Classic vehicles by the Classic Car Club of America. Oh, and one of them is the Pick of the Day.

Advertised on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in St. Louis, Missouri, this 1929 Lincoln Model L 162A town car reportedly has been driven only 47,000 miles since new. 

After founding Cadillac in 1903, Henry Leland would have a falling out with William Durant, who had paid an astounding $5.5 million to enfold Cadillac as part of General Motors. So, Leland and his son, Wilfred, left GM and in 1920 launched Lincoln. 

At the time, Henry Leland was in his mid-70s, and within two years his board of directors sold Lincoln to Henry Ford, who disliked the Lelands and handed the company to his son, Edsel.

“The original Lincoln L-Series was produced from 1921-1930, with changes along the way to enrich both engine performance and ride qualities,” the dealer offering the car notes. 

“By 1927, Ford engineers had enhanced the power plant with aluminum pistons to save weight, improve cooling with revised heads, added additional internal oil pressure, increased the amount of hood louvers from 28 to 42, added rubber engine mounts to decrease vibration to the chassis, and better braking with 4-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Larger displacement V8 engines followed in 1928, growing from 358cid to 385cid.

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“Multiple coachbuilders provided body options, with some 26 choices offered in the Lincoln catalog. Of those, 14 body styles were considered semi-custom requiring special order through Lincoln dealerships. 

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“Offered here is a beautiful semi-custom, special-ordered 1929 Lincoln Model L All-weather Non-collapsible Cabriolet Town Car by LeBaron, Model Style 162-A, Body #1267. It represents one of only 74 produced in 1929 making it likely one of only a handful that may remain today.”

The dealer says the body “is perfectly solid with excellent door fitment and structure, finished in a beautiful Dark Green with Black fenders and trim. The impressive lines with upright windshield and blind rear quarter compartment are quite elegant, as LeBaron was known for. 

This example represents late year production with the slightly shorter front fenders providing narrower hood sills with wide splash shields, and longer splash aprons. The longer apron allowed for a tool compartment to be added at the forward portion of the left-hand side.”

Power is provided by the original V8, rated by the factory at 90 horsepower, and linked to a 3-speed manual transmission. 

The car rides on 20-inch wire-spoke wheels with dual side-mounted spares, a rear folding luggage rack and optional trunk, rear-passenger jump seats for 7-passenger seating, partition glass window and cabin buzzer system, floor heater and a removable canopy over the chauffeur’s compartment. 

“This gorgeous example survives with what appears to be an all-original rear passenger compartment upholstery & trim, foot wedges, and all window shades,” the dealer adds. “A remarkably kept Town Car that shows just 47,264 miles on the odometer. 

“It has been professionally restored cosmetically to include all new exterior paint, vinyl top and canopy many years go. In July 2019, new leather trim was installed in the driver’s compartment to include seating surfaces, door panels, and kick panels to replace the original leathers for the first time.”

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The dealer also points out that the Lincoln starts easily and rides “with astonishing performance and comfort.”

The car is listed for $59,900. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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