<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181

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One of 15 built
1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition
Coachwork by LeBaron

Chassis no. K9181
Engine no. K9181

Sold for US$ 81,400 inc. premium
1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition
Coachwork by LeBaron

Chassis no. K9181
Engine no. K9181
414ci L-Head V12 Engine
Single 2-Barrel Carburetor
150bhp at 3,800rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Bendix Duo-Servo Mechanical Drum Brake

*One of only 15 LeBaron Convertible Sedan built in 1938
*Largely original and unrestored
*Cost $6,000 when new
*CCCA Full Classic®


The Model K

The big, smooth L-head 67° V-12 which Lincoln engineers designed for 1933 models to succeed the 60° V-8 designed by Henry Martyn Leland for his first Lincoln automobiles was in the mainstream of Thirties' classic car design. Increased to 414 cubic inches in 1934, neither its L-head design nor the single carburetor that fed it fuel and air contributed to scintillating performance. It did, on the other hand, have ample torque delivered with silky multi-cylinder smoothness and would pull steadily from negligible revolutions.

Edsel Ford had long since resolved the first Lincolns' stodgy body designs by relying on Ford's own designers and a loyal retinue of coachbuilders including Brunn, LeBaron, Willoughby and Judkins. The coachbuilders supplied both individual bodies and a steady stream of up-to-the-minute ideas which could be incorporated in Lincoln's own coachwork.

By 1938, Lincoln had thoroughly modernized its styling with the Zephyr and was on the cusp of what would become the Continental. The Model K soldiered on with it its headlights flushed into the fenders—something that had appeared first on the '36 Zephyr and then on the '37 K, revised engine louvers thanks to the elimination of thermostatically controlled hood shutters, and a thinner beltline to emphasize the height of the body. Nonetheless, the model was now in its penultimate year and while 20 different body styles were offered from Lincoln and custom coachbuilders, only 416 K's were produced—less than half of the number sold in 1937. By 1939, the Model's swan song, only 133 would leave the factory.

The Motorcar Offered

This Lincoln is one of only 15 LeBaron-bodied Model K Convertible Sedans built in 1938. Fitted on the 148" long-wheelbase chassis, it features the option rear partition window—a $200 option—which brought the total purchase price when new to a lofty $6,000.

Bought out of New York by the vendor in the late 1970s, it is a largely original car. Finished in black over brown hides and showing 69,256 miles on the clock, it was the recipient of a new top and tires as well as a valve job and mechanical servicing in the early 1990s. It has retained its elegant patina and regal stance as one of the most luxurious cars of the 1930s. A CCCA Full Classic®, it qualifies for any number of fun events and tours. As a well-designed convertible sedan, it provides the option of both open air motoring or closed car comfort with roll-up windows to add to the ease of use.
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<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
<i>One of 15 built</i><BR /><B>1938 Lincoln Model K Convertible Sedan with Partition<BR />Coachwork by LeBaron</B><BR />Chassis no. K9181<BR />Engine no. K9181
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