Lincoln’s range topping K-Series debuted in 1930 as a direct competitor to the best Cadillac and Packard had to offer. Initially available with a 385 cubic inch V8, the line was supplanted in 1932 with the addition of an optional V12 engine that produced a healthy 150 horsepower from 448 cubic inches; a direct response to Cadillac’s revolutionary V16. Lincoln’s V12 engine was a masterpiece of engineering: A seven main bearing beast with separate cylinder blocks and fork and blade connecting rods, this was a seriously overbuilt unit that lived up to the exacting standards set years before by the company founder, Henry Leland. For the 1932 Model year, the range was divided into the KA (for V8 models) and KB (for V12 models). To further differentiate the models, the KA reverted to a 136” wheelbase while the big V12 powered KB rode on a grand 145” wheelbase. Under Edsel Ford’s direction, a beautiful and high quality chassis was designed to cradle the glorious engine. The chassis could be fitted with one of a several factory-built sedan bodies, but most found their way to any one of the finest coachbuilders of the era, such as Judkins, Brunn, LeBaron, Murphy and Dietrich. Due to its overbuilt nature, the KB V12 was a very expensive car to build. As a result, the cost-cutters swept in and the twelve-cylinder engine only lasted through 1933 in its original form before being replaced by a simpler, less refined and cheaper design for 1934.
Elegant and striking, this magnificent 1932 Lincoln KB wears a custom built Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton body in the style of Brunn. The original Brunn Sport Phaeton and the inspiration for this car, debuted at the 1932 New York Auto Show, wowing the crowds with its impeccable style. But with a $7,000 price tag, few buyers were willing or able to afford such a car during the height of the Great Depression and few found buyers. This gorgeous example is a genuine and desirable KB V12 wearing an exacting recreation of that Brunn body that first wowed audiences in 1932. It has been professionally built without compromise as part of a nut-and-bolt restoration by a well-respected marque expert. The gorgeous styling and beautiful restoration earned this car a Best of Show award at the prestigious Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, as well as a 1st in Class at the equally competitive Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance.
The body, finished in two-tone red over maroon, flows elegantly from front to back with twin steeply raked windscreens, a close-fitting tan convertible top and a custom styled trunk, lending the car a dramatically low profile. Dual rear mount spares add another layer of sporting elegance, keeping the body sides clean and unadorned. Large 7 ½” x 18” chrome wheels, double sided whitewalls, dual Pilot Ray spot lamps and gorgeous chrome trim provide plenty of additional flash. The paint work is beautifully finished as one would expect from a multiple Concours award winner. Chrome, brightwork, detailing and fit & finish are above reproach and have remained in exquisite condition since the restoration was completed.
The cabin of this wonderful Lincoln was treated to the same level of care and detail as the rest of the body. Vast expanses of tan leather are accented by chrome ribbed mahogany wood grain on the dash and rear cowl. Only light use is apparent in the leather. The rear windscreen cranks into the cowl for a more open-air experience, and rear seat passengers face their own set of instruments to keep tabs on the driver, should he or she get a bit overzealous with the glorious V12 engine up front. Continuing the theme of excellence, the chassis, engine and undercarriage are beautifully presented, showing very little in the way of use since the restoration. Nearly every fastener and fitting has correctly finished and the engine compartment is fully detailed as per original.
An outstanding example of one of Lincoln’s most respected and desirable pre-war cars, this award winning, genuine KB V12 would make an excellent addition to any collection. The upgraded coachwork has been executed to a standard of quality that would surely please the most discriminating collectors and perhaps even Mr. Henry Leland himself.
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