An auto merger happened on this date in 1922.  The Ford Motor Company paid eight million dollars and acquire the failing Lincoln Motor Company.  Ford had lost market shares due to the fact that General Motors offered a line of automobiles while Ford remained focused on the Model T, a car that hadn’t had any major changes since 1908.  In 1927 Ford introduced the Model A with a slicker and more stylish look, very similar to the Lincolns.  As a matter of fact, the Model A is earned the nickname “the baby Lincoln.”  Henry Ford’s son, Edsel, was instrumental in convincing his father to buy Lincoln and played a significant role in its development as Ford’s first luxury division.  The Lincoln Continental, which architect Frank Lloyd Wright reportedly described as “the most beautiful car ever made,” launched in 1939 and was a flagship model for decades.