From the time Lincoln introduced the K-series in 1931 through the end of production in 1939, the model represented the most luxurious, technologically advanced models in Lincoln’s pre-war history. Of those, the 2,269 Lincoln Model KBs built in 1932 and 1933 are widely considered the finest Lincoln automobiles ever built. They were powered by the company’s first V-12, a massive 448 cu. in. mill with fork-and-blade connecting rods that was virtually hand-built to order and produced an impressive 150 horsepower with peerless smoothness. The Model KB was capable of a top speed of 120 mph, a speed comparable to such greats as the Duesenberg Model J and Marmon Sixteen—making this one of the great motor cars of the Classic Era.
This marvelous and highly stylish Lincoln Model KB wears factory-built and supremely handsome seven-passenger sedan coachwork. It features beautiful cloth upholstery on both the front and rear seats, and no division window between the passenger compartments. It was acquired by a respected collector in the early 1980s from the widow of its longtime owner, who had disassembled the car for restoration but never completed the work. The project was brought to the previous owner’s longtime restorer, Ed Cobb of Washington Court House, Ohio, who performed a body-on restoration of the car, finishing in this elegant and subtle two-tone color scheme. Even the trunk is a correct and extremely rare Beals & Selkirk unit, with four pieces of fitted luggage tucked within. As with the body, the interior is very elegant and quite understated, featuring sunshades on all rear windows and folding opera seats.
The lovely restoration won its Primary First prize in Classic Car Club of America judging in 1985, eventually achieving Senior Premier Status by 1995. Yet it was no mere showpiece; the owner drove it on the Colonial Coast CARavan tour in 1985, and it received the Crosset Award as the finest automobile on its first CARavan. It has aged remarkably well, and presents in marvelous condition throughout, with a gentle mellowing to the finishes.
The owner of the car commented, “Edsel Ford’s influence is clearly seen in this car; he had a lot of class, and that is clearly reflected in the design of the ’33 Lincoln, where the body lines follow the curve of the running board. I think it is the best-looking sedan that Lincoln ever built, even better than the custom jobs.” We wholeheartedly agree that this is one incredibly handsome sedan, with a discreetly sporty character thanks to the flowing, low-slung lines.
The previous owner’s words should stand as the last word on this beautiful, well-maintained automobile, which awaits participation in its next CARavan with seven happy passengers tucked aboard, and the powerful, silken V12 providing effortless progress.
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