1938 Lincoln Limo

Led by Edsel Ford, Lincoln persisted with its V-12 engines introduced in 1932 as the KB through the Great Depression but by 1938 the handwriting on the wall was clearly visible and attention turned to the 12-cylinder Lincoln-Zephyr which had appeared in 1936 to fill the middle of the market between the super-luxury Model K and the V-8 powered Mercury which would come out in 1939. The K, however, remained one of the most luxurious, quiet, powerful automobiles from Detroit and was redesigned for 1938 to incorporate the increasingly important streamlined themes of the time. With 150 horsepower from its 414 cubic inches, the Model K was appreciated by the rich, famous and powerful. Only 416 of them would be found willing to buy one of these expensive (prices started at $4,900) vehicles that defined the word "exclusive." One of them was this handsome limousine with coachwork by Willoughby featuring a rollup division window, electric intercom, smokers' kits, quarter window shades, jump seats, a folding footrest, robe rail, heater, radio, dual enclosed side-mounted spares with mirrors, wide whitewalls, hubcaps, and leather covered padded roof. Finished in Dark Green with brown leather front seat upholstery and tan wool broadcloth to the rear, it is an excellent older restoration with sound paint and interior. It runs well and pulls strongly and quietly. Its restoration is probably two decades old and its survival in such good-running and presentable condition speaks volumes about the quality of the materials and workmanship employed."

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