Lincoln is the hallmark at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance, with a slew of classic vehicles on the go. Among them are examples of the Lincoln Model L: the brand’s first car, introduced when the company transitioned from a wartime V12 engine supplier to an automaker. The L100 Concept celebrates its name and commemorates the 100th anniversary of Lincoln as a Ford brand.
A feature of the L Model, popular at the time, was a retractable awning instead of a fixed metal roof. The L100 borrows the motif as one of its stylistic signatures. Glass rather than fabric, the roof rises along with rear opening doors to create cabins that are exceptionally open for entry and exit.
Once inside, the front seats can be flipped over to turn the car into a social experience rather than a driving one. Front and rear passengers can easily talk, or do important business things we imagine important business people do in their cars.
The center console is chessboard-inspired, with a miniature vehicle crystal image serving as the main console. It is designed to capture light and depth and replace the steering wheel. This concept is independent of course.
“Prototype cars allow us to reimagine and illustrate how new experiences can come to life with the help of advanced technologies and allow our designers more creative freedom than ever before,” said Anthony Lu, Ford Motor Company’s chief design officer. “With the L100, we’ve been able to push the boundaries in ways that evolve our Quiet Flight brand DNA and change the way we think about future Lincoln designs.”
The design created by Lo and his team is low, elegant and spacious. With LED signatures lighting up the nose, decals, and even the wheel wells of the car’s covered wheels. Lincoln showed off LED lights in a row to simulate the movement of a traditional wheel.
Lincoln Final Detail: Crystal Greyhound hood embellishment is visible through the clear hood. The design was originally chosen by Edsel Ford in the 1920s to symbolize elegance and grace. Edsel clearly never saw a greyhound nap when making this decision.
The automaker plans to launch four electric vehicles by 2026, and we can expect them to take at least some design cues from this elegant concept.