1937 Lincoln K-series 350 Convertible Coupe SOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $125,000 - $175,000

$110,000 Sold

150hp, 414 cu. in. V12 engine, three-speed manual transmission, high-speed rear end, semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension, four-wheel Bendix Duo-Servo mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 136"

The all-new Lincoln K-Series of 1936 took on a slightly more dramatic look for 1937. This was thanks to the John Tjaarda-inspired blended and lowered headlamps into the front fenders and the raking of the A-posts and front windscreen an additional seven-degrees to 27-degrees.

To further complement this much more modern styling, the front grille was given more prominent horizontal bars, the fenders were reworked and treated to more rounded edges, the top was formed with metal and the beltline moldings were eliminated for a simpler, smoother look. The doors stretched almost to the running boards and the roofline swept down in an unbroken curve into the rear trunk. Whitewall tires became standard equipment, and the old wire wheels gave way to pressed steel wheels with larger hub cabs. These changes would be the last before the K-Series disappeared in 1939.

Other less noticeable, but important changes included the placement of the handbrake under the dash and dual windshield wiper motors. A five point rather than four point engine mounting placed the motor further back, hydraulic valve lifters made the engine run quieter, and an all-helical gear transmission provided smoother shifting.

The interior came standard in rich broadcloth with curly maple garnish moldings. In custom versions, several ornate woods and a greater variety of upholstery coverings were offered.

The introduction of the new Lincoln Zephyr caused sales of the longstanding K-Series to decline. For the first time ever sales fell below 1,000 units despite the availability of 17 body styles – most of which were custom coachbuilt.

The Convertible Coupe with coachwork by LeBaron presented here was a “ barn find ” discovered by automotive historian and journalist David Brownell in 1958. It was subsequently purchased by Ed Horsch in 1978 before being acquired by the current owner in 2000. It was Mr. Horsch who completely restored this stylish Lincoln in the early 1990s.

The Lincoln Convertible Coupe has been the subject of a number of feature stories over the past years. David Brownell recently described his barn find in an article entitled "The $15.00 Lincoln" in The Classic Car Magazine of the CCCA. As well, this Lincoln took first place at the Roadster National CCCA and graced the cover of the July-September 1993 greater Illinois publication "The Dashboard."

Showing minimal wear, the Convertible Coupe, with its maroon paintwork and complimenting tan cloth top and tan leather interior, is a visually stunning Lincoln. It is as beautifully finished under the hood as it is on the exterior. Set off by its wide whitewall tires, red wheels and brilliant chrome, the Model K ’ s elegance and grace stand above similar vehicles. At the same time, its rumble seat, roadster styling and sweeping fenders provide the Convertible Coupe with a sporty personality.

Very rare, very chic, the 1937 Lincoln Model K Series 350 Convertible Coupe can be equally enjoyed on the lawns of the most prestigious Concours d ’ Elegance, or on a quiet road at speed for a warm summer night drive.

Reference Number 5846

as of 1/10/2007

Car 1937 Lincoln K-series 350 Convertible Coupe
VIN K8383 
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