1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444

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1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN

Sold for DKK 1,667,500 (US$ 229,783) inc. premium
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Coachwork by Dietrich

Chassis no. KB3444
Engine no. KB3444

414 cid L-Head V-12 Engine
Single Dual-Throat Stromberg Carburettor
Approximately 220 bhp at 3,800 rpm
3-speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
4-wheel Leaf Spring Suspension
4-wheel Vacuum Assisted Drum Brakes


*Rare and desirable coachbuilt Convertible Sedan by Dietrich
*One of 25, of which few remain
*Mid-1990s restoration by Mosier Restoration Inc. of Inglewood, California
*A wonderful Classic for concours events
*A Classic Car Club of America full classic



THE LINCOLN KB

With the major revamp of the Ford brand that took place in 1932, Lincoln received a similar redesign. Lincoln also received a powerful V-12 engine, and the new model was offered in long and short wheelbases. The short was dubbed the KA and the long the KB.

The new Lincolns for 1932 showed refined styling that significantly updated the aging L model. The fresh look incorporated a Ford-style radiator shell. The car rode on more modern 18" wire spoke wheels and was offered in, as was customary for Lincoln, an extensive catalogue of body styles including many expensive custom styles. Lincoln's custom offering was very impressive, including catalogued styles from most top custom body makers including LeBaron, Dietrich, Willoughby, Waterhouse and Brunn.

The KB chassis would earn legendary status in period and today is a highly desirable senior CCCA classic. Praised for its excellent driving qualities, with exceptionally light and predictable steering and fine power-boosted brakes, the KB has become quite popular with seasoned classic era enthusiasts with an appetite for touring.

For 1933, Lincoln added a slightly smaller twelve to replace an aging 8-cylinder unit which had been offered on some KA chassis. A new-for-1933 front end styling updated the look of the car considerably, while stylistically Lincoln did take one step backwards by reverting to a louvered hood. This mistake was corrected when proper hood louvers returned in 1934, where the overall design got back on track. The styling was refined and the new models had a polished modern look, helped by a move to body-coloured radiator shells and smaller headlamps for added sophistication. A new larger version of the 1933 KA engine was now adopted for the KB model; this more modern engine, though slightly smaller than the original KB V-12, was rated at identical horsepower.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

As America hit bottom during the Great Depression, Lincoln manufactured only 744 KB chassis in 1934. Of those, a mere 25 were the graceful type 281 Convertible Sedan to a design by the famous LeBaron co-founder, Ray Dietrich. Small wonder. As advertised in 1934 with a base price of USD 3,200, the 12-cylinder KB was already an expensive luxury car. The top of the line Dietrich Convertible Sedan nearly doubled that, listing at USD 5,600. At a time when breadlines were long and a family car a notch above a Ford B cost little more than USD 600, it was a stratospheric amount of money.

Nevertheless, the KB Lincoln cost less and was as luxurious and powerful as its multi-cylinder competitors by Packard and Cadillac. And the few customers who opted for the captivating Dietrich coachwork received matchless style for their outlay, including a fashionably raked and split windscreen, rear-hinged front suicide doors and folding B-pillars, making the car fully transformable. In addition, a Dietrich Convertible Sedan could be used as a chauffeur-driven car, as there is a formal roll-up division window neatly built into the separation between the front and rear seats.

By the early 1990s, chassis KB3444 was a sound and complete car that retained its original metal and structural wood framing throughout, but also a car in need of a complete restoration. Sometime around 1996, the job was given to Mosier Restoration, a quality restoration company located in Inglewood, California. The no expense spared restoration was commissioned by a certain Larry Harvey who owned the car at the time.

Since Harvey had a pronounced desire to use the car when it was finished, much attention was paid to drivability, longevity and reliable touring capabilities. For this reason, the original 414 cid engine was professionally bored and stroked to 455 cid using new high-tensile internal parts including a custom-made steel crankshaft, new connecting rods, pistons and valves. This remarkably revitalized V-12 was then dyno-tested at a strapping 220 peak-hp output, with a power curve that was a virtual carbon copy of the original, merely at appreciably higher levels with no sacrifice of reliability

Once the restoration was finished, Larry Harvey brought Mr. Mosier along for an extended 2,000 mile trip from Michigan to California, where KB3444 performed strongly and flawlessly. In 2006, the car was acquired by Jerry Greenfield of Washington State and then passed to Al McEwan, a well-known West Coast collector and Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance official. McEwan had KB3444 partially disassembled in order to refinish the body in its current factory-correct blue tone, complemented by blue leather upholstery and carpeting. The pale yellow beltline and painted wire wheels provide a delightful contrast and complete this tasteful ensemble. In this way, KB3444 is virtually identical to the 1934 Lincoln which was featured in official print advertising and this is likely just how Ray Dietrich originally envisioned this seductive design.

It is believed that as few as three or four examples remain of this very desirable body style. On this particular example, beauty is more than skin deep. This attractive and versatile coachbuilt body has been given a top notch restoration that remains in superb condition, coupled with an engine with seriously enhanced performance. All the new owner needs to do is find a sunny day and a stretch of open road. The longer the better.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Der blev kun bygget 744 Lincoln KB chassiser i 1934. Af dem blev kun 25 forsynet med dette smukke type 281 firedørs cabriolet karosseri, som var tegnet af amerikanske Ray Dietrich, den kendte medstifter af karosseribyggeren LeBaron.

I 1990'erne var KB3444 stadig en intakt og komplet bil, hvor det originale metal og trærammen i karosseriet var bevaret, men den trængte til en fuldstændig restaurering. Det var det kendte restaureringsfirma Mosier Restoration i Inglewood, Californien, som fik opgaven i 1996, og der blev ikke sparet på noget som helst.

Ejeren havde stor lyst til at bruge bilen efter restaureringen, så der var stor fokus på køreegenskaber, slidstyrke, holdbarhed, pålidelighed og at bilen var brugbar. Derfor blev den originale 6,8 liter motor professionelt boret op til 7,5 liter. Motoren yder nu hele 220 hk. Bilen har siden kørt en tur på 3.200 km tværs over USA fra Michigan til Californien. Den kørte fint og uden problemer.

Det menes, at kun tre eller fire eksemplarer af denne Lincoln med dette eftertragtede karosseri eksisterer i dag. Ikke bare har det smukke og alsidige karosseri har fået en tip-top restaurering, som stadig fremstår i fantastisk tilstand, men motoren er blevet både forstærket og forbedret. Den kommende ejer skal blot finde en solskinsdag og et stykke god landevej. Jo længere jo bedre.

EU Taxes paid
US Import duty exempt
With Danish Registreringsattest
Registered as model year 1932
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1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. KB3444 Engine no. KB3444
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