Henry Leland founded the Lincoln Motor Company in 1917, after creating Cadillac and selling that company to General Motors, later leaving GM in a huff.

Initially, Lincoln did well but was in trouble by 1922. Ford bought the company to acquire an instant up-market model range, although the Lincoln division enjoyed quite a bit of autonomy under the direction of Leland and his son, Wilfred, until they were both forced to resign. Henry Ford had been pushed out of his first motor company by a group led by Henry Leland, and the wily Ford was no doubt happy to get his revenge.

Ford introduced the Lincoln-Zephyr on November 2 1935 for the 1936 production year as a…

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