How that LINCOLN emblem logo is derived to be remains a mystery, though there are five different theories that have been posed over the years.
The most popular theory: The LINCOLN logo was based on the Continental star, which was adapted as LINCOLN's logo in the 1950s when the LINCOLN and Continental lines merged.
The 2nd theory: The logo was based on the coat of arms logo used by the brand since the 1930s, which involved a red cross in the center of a shield.
The 3rd theory: The logo represents a compass with hands directed to the four corners of the earth. This showed the brand's intent to spread its vehicles across the world.
The 4th theory: The logo represents the celestial body that reflects the brand's opulence and radiance. This logo sometimes called the LINCOLN Star.
The 5th theory: The logo has no real meaning behind it.
Regardless of the origin of LINCOLN's logo, the iconic four-point star has become synonymous with the luxury and prestige of the brand over the years. Current logo design has remained nearly unchanged since 1972.
The Lincoln Motor Company was founded in 1917 by engineer Henry M. Leland. Leland named the Lincoln company after Abraham Lincoln, whom he won for in the 1860 presidential election.