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WIXOM, Mich. - On March 25, 1968, Ford celebrated the production of the 1 millionth Lincoln, a 1968 Continental, at the Wixom Assembly Plant.
The very first Lincoln was produced in September of 1920, long before Ford’s purchase of Lincoln.
Back in 1921, auto pioneer Henry Leland was forced to sell the automotive company he had formed with his son Wilfred.
Named in honor of President Abraham Lincoln, the Lelands had set up the Lincoln Motor Company in 1917 to build aircraft engines for the Allies.
When World War I ended, the company began building luxury cars, but financial troubles forced it into bankruptcy in 1921.
But Edsel Ford saw potential value in Lincoln and, at his urging, Ford Motor Company bought what remained of the company for $8 million on Feb. 4, 1922.
The younger Ford recognized that, while Ford would continue to produce the Model T for the multitudes, the Lincoln brand would enable it to produce a luxury vehicle for a smaller, but influential, market.