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Lincoln was founded in 1908, by Henry M. Leland, the former
head of Cadillac Motors. The Lincoln was targeted to those
fortunate enough to possess the wealth and wanted to flaunt it.
It would soon become a major competitor with the likes of
Cadillac, Duesenberg, Marmon, Pierce-Arrow and Packard.

In 1923 Ford Motor Company bought the Lincoln Motor
Company out of receivership for 8 million dollars.

Lincoln's long history of quality and luxury continues into this
century and will soon celebrate it's 100th birthday.

For just 3 short years, from 1949 to 1951, Lincoln shared it's
basic body style with the Mercury. During that time,
Lincoln came in two distinct models. The standard
Lincoln or "Baby Lincoln", and the Cosmopolitan. 

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1949 Lincoln Grille

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1950 Lincoln Grille

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1951 Lincoln Grille

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1949 Lincoln Cosmopolitan Convertible

The difference between the Mercury and the "Baby Lincoln"
was from the windshield forward. Mercury's wheel base was
118 inches while the Lincoln rode on a 122 inch wheel base.
The  Cosmopolitan wheel base was 126 inches. The additional
length made it possible for Lincoln to install FoMoCo's largest
displacement flathead engine of 337 cubic inches,
compared to Mercurys 255 cubic inch flathead.
Lincoln also offered an automatic transmission,
essentially a hydromatic from General Motors.

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1949 Lincoln Trunk

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1950 Lincoln Trunk

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1950 Cosmopolitan Trunk

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1951 Cosmopolitan Trunk

Models for the 1949 Lincoln & Cosmopolitan
included a Convertible, a 2door Sedan and the 4 door Sport Sedan.

In 1950 & 1951, the Convertible was only available as a Cosmopolitan,
while the 2door Coupe and the 4door Sedan was available in both series.

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1949 Lincoln Sport Sedan

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1950 Lincoln Sport Sedan

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1950 Cosmopolitian Sport Sedan

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1950 Lincoln Sport Sedan

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1951 Cosmopolitan Sport Sedan

When Mercury introduced the 1950 Monterey Coupe to compete
with GM's 2 door Hardtop style, Lincoln also offer a similar Coupe.
The standard Lincoln Coupe was named the "Lido"and the
Cosmopolitan was called "Capri". Both of these model names,
"Monterey & Capri", would continue on for a number of years.

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1950 Cosmopolitan "Capri"

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1950 Cosmopolitan "Capri"

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1950 Lincoln "Lido"

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1950 Lincoln "Lido"

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