Contact Person - Herman Nel

 

Cell : 27 (0)84 577 8681

 

e-mail : herman.nel@vodamail.co.za

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Henry Martyn Leland was a master machinist who during his early association with Cadillac and Oldsmobile was responsible to a large degree for the early successes enjoyed by these two makes. In 1917 Henry Leland together with his son Wilfred started and founded the Lincoln Motor Company. In 1920 the Lincoln Motor Company was re-organised succeeding the old company but still preserving the same name.

Leland is credited as the developer of the first commercially viable and successful V8 engine as well as introducing the first electric starter motor.

His genius and innovations led to him being referred to as the Sir Henry Royce of America.

 

Henry Martyn Leland was known as a man of very high principles who made his admiration of President Abraham Lincoln publicly well known .
When Leland left Cadillac and General Motors to fulfil the commission to build Liberty aircraft engines for the American government war effort, he chose the name Lincoln in honour of the late President Lincoln. With the end of WWI the demand for Liberty aircraft engines stopped and Leland and his son were left with a factory and no sales for their product. This resulted in the Lelands raising enough money to begin manufacturing motor cars.
They designed a very different and much smoother running V8 engine with a lot more power for their new motor cars.

 

The first Lincoln car was the Model L which was brought out during the later half of 1920. The mechanical side of this car was highly acclaimed but unfortunately the body work was not well recieved and this resulted in sales not being what they had expected. This lack of sales was also attributable to the weak post war economy which led to the Great Depression. To make matters worse the Lincoln Motor Company was subjected to the threat of a multi million dollar tax claim from its WWI profits. The Lincoln Motor Company went into vountary receivership in Novemember of 1921 and was bought by the Ford Motor Company on 4 February 1922.

 

Henry Ford and Henry Leland had in the past worked together at the Detroit Automobile Company before it became Cadillac. Both men were extremely capable and gifted artisans, but unfortunately because of their strong personalities and their gifted capabilities they did not get on with each other. Leland had criticised Ford's workmanship leading to Ford leaving the Detroit Automobile Company,soon after Leland joined. After Henry Ford took control of Lincoln Motor Company both Henry Leland and his son Wilfred left. It is not known if they resigned voluntarily or were fired.

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Herman Nel

Cell : 27 (0)84 577 8681

 

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herman.nel@vodamail.co.za

 

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