LOS ANGELES -- While other automakers were showing off their latest 21st century creations on the first day of the Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday, the Lincoln stand stood apart, filled with restored classics from the brand's glory days. Those grand days were many years ago.
Cynics might say Lincoln hasn't had much to brag about since the stunning blue 1956 Continental Mark II that rotated on a turntable at the center of the display here. Or the gorgeous 1961 Continental with the suicide doors.
As Lincoln has gone about reinventing itself for a new generation of buyers, the stewards of the brand have talked little about the past, or at least the recent past, when Lincoln was known primarily for floaty, boaty Town Cars and one of the most geriatric owner bases in the industry.