1933 Lincoln K-series A Dual Cowl PhaetonSOLD
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Estimate: $125,000-$175,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $154,000

125hp, 382 cu. in. V12 L-Head, Stromberg EE22 downdraft two-barrel carburetor, three speed sliding gear transmission, four wheel longitudinal leaf springs, Bendix Duo-Servo mechanical four-wheel breaks. Wheelbase: 136"

Even though Lincoln was founded by the same man responsible for Cadillac, Henry Leland, a post WWI recession and an erroneous multi-million dollar tax bill spelled the end of Lincoln within two years of the introduction of their first automobile. In 1922, Lincoln was bought out of receivership by none other than Henry Ford. His son, Edsel Ford quickly took charge and commissioned the best American coachbuilders to create designs for Lincoln.

Edsel Ford, much like Henry Leland, set high standards and left both his Lincoln engineers and the coachbuilders to realize them, applying their skill, knowledge and experience freely. The rewards of this approach became clear in 1932 with the introduction of the Model KB, a narrow angle 448 cubic inch V12-powered 145 inch wheelbase expression of the ultimate in sophistication, power and refinement. Not only was the KB luxurious, it was also a good handling road car.

In 1933, a smaller V12 of 382 cubic inches was introduced as the KA, to serve as more affordable alternative to the KB. The KA V12 used offset cylinder banks, dropping the fork-and-blade connecting rods employed by Leland and every Lincoln engine to that point. Aluminum pistons were installed and the crankshaft was carried in four main bearings. The detachable cylinder heads were constructed of cast iron. This engine, while based upon the KB V12, was simpler and less expensive to produce, and yet, is considered to be the finest V12 engine ever made by Lincoln. It is no wonder that even though it is nearly three quarters of a century old, the Lincoln KA Dual Cowl Phaeton presented here still maintains its original V12.

The earliest known owner of this Lincoln, which features coachwork by Dietrich, was Josephine Caeverth of Lockport, New York, who in turn sold it to the Robert C. Wood Auto Agency on March 11, 1943. Lawrence Fitzpatrick was the next to acquire the car and he did so from the Wood Agency on November 4, 1943; it is speculated that this sale was prompted by the fuel rationing during the war years. Marion Roberts from Grand Island, New York, was the next owner and he sold it to James Howe from Buffalo, New York in 1960. Mr. Howe worked on the automobile for over five years and sold it to its present owner on May 2, 1966.

In 1969, the Lincoln was taken to the ô Restoration Shop ö in Jamesburg, New Jersey to finish the restoration. A 1934 Lincoln donor car was used procure some needed parts, Leife Drexler of Sicklerville, New Jersey crafted the Scottish leather, and a complete stainless steel exhaust system was fabricated to replicate the original design. In total the restoration took seven and a half years to complete.

The efforts were rewarded on June 14, 1975 when the Lincoln received a First Junior AACA award in Frederick, Maryland and again two years later on June 25, 1977, when an AACA First Senior was awarded in Scranton, Pennsylvania. In 1983, the Lincoln was put on display in the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana, where it resided until this year.

While there is some debate as to whether this is one of nine or one of twelve examples ever produced, at any rate, this Lincoln KA Dual Cowl Phaeton is an uncommon find and its sale marks a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most desirable body styles of the KA line.

Reference Number 11216

as of 7/14/2007

Car 1933 Lincoln K-series A Dual Cowl Phaeton
VIN KA738 
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