<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089

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Lot 144
1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster
Coachwork by LeBaron

US$ 100,000 - 115,000
£ 79,000 - 91,000
Amended
1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster
Coachwork by LeBaron

Chassis no. A35089

414ci L-Head V12 Engine
150bhp at 3,800rpm
3-Speed Sliding Gear Manual Transmission
Solid Front Axle with Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs
Full-Floating Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs
Bendix Duo-Servo Mechanical Drum Brakes

*One of 15 LeBaron Coupe Roadsters produced
*Provenance includes California ownership
*Featured subject in LCOC magazine, Continental Comments
*Very well preserved and visually striking throughout
*Offered from a respected museum collection
*CCCA Full Classic® Recognition and Event Eligibility


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Founded to mass-produce Liberty aircraft engines near the Armistice ending WW I by automotive-industry legend Henry Martyn Leland, who had established Cadillac in 1902, Lincoln was acquired and saved from receivership by Henry Ford in 1922. Immediately, Lincoln was guided by Henry's brilliantly talented son Edsel into one of America's top and most enduring luxury marques. The Model K, which finally replaced Leland's Model L design in 1931, was the first new Lincoln model to be released under Ford ownership. Fresh styling boosted sales and the Lincoln range grew for 1932 along two distinct series, with the V-8 KA riding a 136-inch wheelbase length and the V12 KB atop a majestic 145-inch version.

By 1933, a somewhat smaller V12 engine of 382 cubic inches powered the KA, creating a more affordable V12 alternative to the big KB. While derived from the KA V12, the KB engine was both simpler and less expensive to produce. Enlarged to 414 cubic inches for 1934, it took pride of place as Lincoln's sole available power plant until 1936, and reigns today among Lincoln experts as the company's finest V12 engine design. From 1935, product planning was simplified, with only the Model K offered along two wheelbase lengths measuring 136 and 145 inches. Engineering refinements for 1935 provided improved performance, reduced noise and greater ease of operation, including a new camshaft profile, a revised exhaust system, fully-automatic spark control, quieter helical-cut second and third transmission gears and needle-roller clutch bearings.

Lincoln styling for 1935 was massaged to great effect with softer and more rounded bodylines. These beautifully streamlined body designs on the Model K chassis continue to be recognized today as a stylistic high-water mark. Passenger compartments were moved forward on the chassis as well, providing improved ride and handling with a lowered center of gravity, which also afforded Lincoln's various body designers even greater stylistic freedom than before. Although Model Ks could be – and often were – highly customized and built to specific customer order, Lincoln astutely placed lot orders for body designs from some of the era's most highly regarded coachbuilding firms, sometimes for as many as 50 bodies at a time. Since they were built in advance, delivery schedules were cleverly shortened while still maintaining the impeccable quality and exclusivity of the true coach built automobile, giving rise to the term "catalog customs." By 1935 Lincoln pared down its selection of coachbuilders, now including a focused range of limited-production designs provided by Brunn, Judkins, LeBaron, and Willoughby. Reputed to have lost money with each car produced, Lincoln nonetheless provided much-needed stylistic and engineering leadership and an incalculable "halo effect" over the entire Ford Motor Company product line during the 1930s.

While already quite rare as one of just 977 Model Ks built in all by Lincoln for 1937, this dashing example is one of only 15 produced with 2/4-Passenger Coupe Roadster coachwork by LeBaron. Known history dates to 1999, when the Lincoln was purchased by Rick Parker of Maryland from fellow Lincoln and Continental Owners Club (LCOC) member Jim Riffenburgh of Atascadero, California. Following purchase, the rare Lincoln was exhibited, toured and methodically sorted mechanically. An article covering it was published in the March/April issue of the LCOC publication, Continental Comments. In 2005, the Lincoln was sold to a new owner and then in 2015, the Consignor acquired it and placed the regal Lincoln into an impressive museum collection of automotive greats.

An unqualified masterpiece of Classic Era® design, this 1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster rides a generous 136-inch wheelbase chassis and features Lincoln's striking "V" grille, Greyhound radiator mascot, Art Deco-influenced "teardrop" headlights, twin side mounted spares and elegant Victoria-style blind quarters. Seating for two additional passengers is available as desired within the jaunty rumble seat at the rear. In addition to the nicely presented interior compartment including a stylish instrument panel, this wonderful Lincoln includes a dash-mounted clock and turn-signal indicators for enhanced safety and operating ease while touring. Proper steel wheels mount factory hub caps, trim rings and period style whitewall tires.

Today, V12 Lincolns of the 1930s are prized for their beauty and overall engineering excellence. Rightly, they enjoy coveted CCCA Full Classic® status, rendering them welcome at a veritable multitude of desirable events. Exceedingly rare as one of just 15 LeBaron 2/4-Passenger Coupe Roadsters produced on the 1937 Lincoln Model K V12 chassis, this example is, simply stated, a most handsome celebration of Lincoln's coach built, Edsel Ford-influenced 1930s heritage.

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  • Please note, this vehicle is titled under the chassis no. K8193.
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<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
<b>1937 Lincoln Model K Coupe Roadster</b><br />Chassis no. A35089
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