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SOLD August 2015: For Sale Barn Fresh 1930 Lincoln Sport Phaeton

1930 Model "L" Lincoln

SOLD August 2015: Henry Martyn Leland’s well-earned reputation for precision and quality had it’s beginnings in nineteenth-century arms manufacturing. He successfully transferred the valuable experience he gained there in toolmaking, metallurgy, and parts interchangeability to the fledgling automobile industry at the dawn of the twentieth century.

As a principal in the Leland & Faulconer machine shop making bicycle gears, industrial engines, engines and transmissions for Oldsmobile and then as the founder of the Cadillac Automobile Company Leland established his position as a leader in the field.

1930 Model "L" Lincoln

Leland’s uncompromising perfectionism firmly established the earliest Cadillacs as “The Standard of the World”. A well-documented disagreement with William Durant of General Motors over the production of aircraft engines during World War I led Leland to leave Cadillac and establish the Lincoln Motor Company to manufacture the legendary Liberty V-12.

Left with a disused factory at the end of the war and despite his advanced age of 77, Leland returned to the production of one of the highest-quality luxury motorcars in 1920.

This car on view is a result of that enterprise and is the last year the Model “L” Lincoln was in production, having received ten years of refinements and updates. The specifications follow: 136-inch w.b., 32 x 6.75 tires, V-8, 384 c.i. L-head engine with 90 h.p., three-speed transmission, multiple-disc clutch, full floating rear axle with a 4.58:1 ratio, and four-wheel brakes with fined drums.


  •                       Elegant fully-adjustable and collapsable second windshield for passenger comfort.

The rare opportunity offered here is a car from a family that has summered here in Vermont for over 80 years. This unrestored Lincoln with aluminum sport phaeton coachwork featuring dual windshields was purchased in New York City in 1938 by John B. Butler Jr. from James Gregory’s Used Car Exchange on Broadway in New York City. It appears that it was repainted by Gregory in the original color scheme previous to the sale.


  • A fine walnut vanity with a center courtesy lamp and cigar lighter with storage below in the toe board.

Soon afterward the Lincoln made a family trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon and return in the pre-World War II days. It was brought up to Vermont from New York City post-war and left on the family farm for use during the season and stored during the winter.

The second and third generation continued to use it until the grandfather died in the early 1970s. It was last registered in 1971 and then put away in storage in 1972. At that time the engine was oiled, the car was carefully covered and stored up on jack stands.

side curtains

  •      Original side curtains and irons with both original pouches, the original keys and spare tire locks.  

The family and friends remember it as a good running car when last used. It was not run since the early seventies and will benefit from a through mechanical servicing. The gas tank was drained, and the cylinders were oiled when it was placed in storage. The engine has since stuck over the years, but being an L-head design allows for quick access to the valves and pistons if needed.


  •                          The original Lincoln “Greyhound” mascot has survived in excellent condition.

Opportunity knocks and this a rare opportunity for someone to acquire a reasonably priced full classic car that can be recommissioned and left largely as is, in its last used state. The only change needed would be a set of canvas seat covers.

Vintage cars in a unrestored condition have always been widely admired and are highly sought after today and more popular that fully restored cars. A carefully stabilized and conserved car in this condition will be with be a major attraction at both concours and tours for the lucky new owner.


This highly desirable, untouched and attractive Lincoln Sport Phaeton is reasonably priced at $48,500. It is located here at The Old Motor workshop in S.E. Vermont and can be inspected by appointment at any time that is convenient for you. View twenty many more images and learn all the details about this car on The Old Motor For Sale and wanted page.


  •           The second and third generations ready for a ride in grandfather’s Lincoln in the late 1960s.


  •                                            Carefully stored in a Vermont barn for forty-five years.


  •                               An identical 1930 Lincoln Model “L” with aluminum coachwork. 

8 responses to “SOLD August 2015: For Sale Barn Fresh 1930 Lincoln Sport Phaeton

  1. This car is at least a half dozen movie scripts. New York to Yellowstone and back via the Grand Canyon. I’m assuming 1939. There is a lot of nothing in between some of these places even today. It reminds me of the Winton movie that Tom Hanks narrated about an early SF to NY auto trip. He said the dog was the only one that didn’t swear! This is a cool machine. I hope the next owner has as much fun and pleasant memories with it.

  2. Hmm, you have the best of two worlds, Leland’s engineering and Edsel Ford’s taste. Not only an L head 348 cube V8, but the fork and blade connecting rods make it very smooth. Good luck with the sale, I think that’s a fair price for a survivor.

  3. David Greenlees, hello.
    I have lived among the BURLINGTON residents of Vermont for close to 10 years now, and about the BEST that I can say is that I have been able to attend research into early histories. I do like your 1930 Linc.(sport) phaeton.
    Other than to say the word “sport” added just that to the encompassed arena fermenting until modern 1896 new era, the “greyhound” MASCOT does inspire inquisition. perhaps you and your readers would be interested in knowing that the (northern) “PIKE” was the OBVIOUS(now forgotten) inspiration behind the name designated as “Turnpike”, very few of those very early WIDE thoroughfares were only allowed the name PIKE to be attached. Take a look at that pike species with extended half round lower lip…

  4. I n ’72 I was at an estate auction in Lincoln Mass. There was a ’30 Lincoln at that sale,in somewhat similar, condition( same model but I don’t remember a rear windshield) unrestored,just out of storage,in somewhat tatty condition. It sold for $10,000,which,at the time,I thought was a lot of money as I was into Chrysler T &C sedans which could be bought then,in decent running condition,for $1000 or less…those were the days !

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