1938 Lincoln Convertible

One of only 416 Lincoln Model Ks built in 1938 and one of even fewer to get full custom coachwork. A variation of the cataloged Brunn Cabriolet, this magnificent car was built for Walter Weiss of the Sterling Drug Company on the 145" long wheelbase chassis, nine inches longer than the standard Lincoln K. Beautifully proportioned in true classic style, Brunn's design cleanly integrates with the Zephyr-derived aerodynamic styling which became even more subtle in 1938 with fewer grille bars and revised hood vents. Tasteful details like the teardrop-shaped running boards; elements that would be right at home on a Joseph Figoni or Saoutchik design; rear wheel skirts, and vee windshield accent Brunn's design. The two doors are five feet long, giving unimpeded access for both front and rear seat passengers which must have been in Mr. Weiss's mind when he specified the lengthened chassis. The effect is subtle but remarkable. It is a design that initiates double-takes as the effect of the longer wheelbase, skirts and abbreviated running boards sinks in. Other significant features include the covers which drop over the window slots when the windows are down, fold down rear seat armrest, beautiful interior woodwork swing out brackets for an extra luggage trunk, radio, heater and a particularly attractive steering wheel with a wonderful, tactile feel. It was restored by Ernest Stern in the late 70's or early 80's and later was part of the outstanding classics in the Blackhawk Collection. Recently it has been treated to a new interior in two shades of blue leather than coordinate tastefully with the exterior blue paint and new dark blue canvas top. It is a CCCA National First Prize winner (#2152) and scant effort will return it to Concours condition. Whether it is on tour or on the show field it grabs the attention of casual onlookers and seasoned Concours veterans alike. It is a stunning, beautiful, exotic car with a European look to its coachwork. To use one of the favorite expressions of Blackhawk Collection's Don Williams, "This is no walk-by."

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