1935 Lincoln Model K

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Convertible Roadster
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: K3872
Engine Num: K3872

The onset of the Great Depression sent car manufacturers struggling to find a way to stay in business. The producers of the luxury and exclusive vehicles felt the most pain. The small group of people who could afford the stately vehicles dwindled i....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Brunn

The Lincoln K-Series (also known as the Model K, reflecting the earlier Ford Model K) was a line of luxury vehicle produced by Lincoln from 1931 to 1942. While the original K-Series featured a 385 cubic-inch V8, a V12 became standard in 1933. Custo....[continue reading]

LeBaron Coupe
Coachwork: LeBaron

Despite the lingering Depression, Lincoln continued to focus on its high end market, albeit a quickly diminishing one. Only 1,411 Lincolns were sold in 1935 - on two wheelbases and divided among 20 different body styles! More than 80% of the producti....[continue reading]

Convertible Sedan Phaeton
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: K4582
Engine Num: K4136

For 1935, Lincoln moved the passenger compartment forward on the wheelbase and the hood was shortened accordingly. This design concept mirrored in Fords that year as well. These changes brought a lower center of gravity for better handling and a smoo....[continue reading]

Non-Collapsible Cabriolet
Coachwork: Brunn

Chassis Num: K4280
Engine Num: K4280

Lincoln vehicles were tailored to the wealthy, and during the Great Depression, Lincoln's production suffered. This Lincoln model is number four of the 13 built and is powered by a 414 cubic-inch V-12 engine offering 150 horsepower.....[continue reading]

Convertible Roadster
Coachwork: LeBaron

In 1935 V12 Lincoln KB simply became known as the K. Despite production of the new Lincoln Zephyr, the Model K was sold from 1935 until 1940. In 1935, apart from the open touring car, Lincoln's soft-top sporting models were the LeBaron Convertible Co....[continue reading]

Sedan

About 1,411 Lincoln Ks were sold in 1935, all on the KA and KB chassis with around 20 different body styles. This K sedan was built entirely by Lincoln in an effort to increase its dwindling profits. Created only a year before the more modern looking....[continue reading]

Sedan

Chassis Num: K3762

This 1935 Lincoln wears coachwork by Brunn. It is a 3-window, 5 passenger Sedan that was purchased at auction in August of 1977 by the current caretaker's grandfather. The original owner was a wealthy man who eventually lent it to his college-bound s....[continue reading]

Convertible Roadster
Coachwork: LeBaron

Lincoln reduced its range at the end of 1934 by eliminating the KA and KB long and short chassis, and the subsequent Lincolns were called simply Model K. In 1935, amidst the Great Depression, only thirty of these Model 542 Convertible Roadsters were ....[continue reading]

Convertible Roadster by LeBaron
Chassis #: K3872 
Convertible Coupe by Brunn
 
LeBaron Coupe by LeBaron
 
Convertible Sedan Phaeton by LeBaron
Chassis #: K4582 
Non-Collapsible Cabriolet by Brunn
Chassis #: K4280 
Convertible Roadster by LeBaron
 
Sedan
 
Sedan
Chassis #: K3762 
Convertible Roadster by LeBaron
 

History

Becoming a vehicle that was known for luxury, the Lincoln underwent a total transformation in 1931. Re-powered, re-styled, and becoming lower-priced, this entire transformation was done under the censorship of Edsel Ford. The Lincoln Model K replaced the Model L, and only a total of forty five models were ever produced.

With an increased horsepower from 90 to 120, the newly added Stromberg carburetor increased the engine with 384.8 cubic inches. With a price significantly lower than any other Lincolns, the Model K 7-passenger Touring vehicle was used primarily as a limousine. Though at $4,400, the model K still cost ten times the amount of a Ford.

The largest updates were contained in the body style. The wheel base was now increased to 145 inches with a longer hood, and rounded bumpers which now gave it a low and sleek profile. Dual trumpet horns and large bowl-shaped head lights now gave the front a stunning look. Utilized mainly as a limousine, sales were less than half of what they were in the late 1920s due to the Depression.

A reflection of the earlier Ford Model K, the Lincoln K-series was a luxury vehicle line that was produced until 1942. A V12 became standard in 1933, while the original K-Series featured a 385 in³ (6.3 L) V8. The option of ordering a fully custom coachwork was available for customers.

Appearing on a new chassis in 1931, the original Model K had a 145 in (3683 mm) wheelbase. Available as a dual cowl model, factory bodies were a 2 or 4-door phaeton. A derivative of the earlier L-series 60° V8, the 384.8 in³ (6.3 L) engine had a dual downdraft Stromberg carburetors, altered timing upped power to 120 hp (89 kW), and higher compression.

Splitting into two lines in 1932, the Lincoln K-series featured the carryover Model KA and the new V12-powered Model KB. The engine output was pushed to 125 hp (93 kW) while the V8 car reverted to a 136 in (3454 mm) wheelbase. Producing 150 hp (112 kW), the KB featured the marque's new V12, 447.9 in³ (7.3 L) 65° L-head unit. These two new lines featured a new grille with less of a surround, and vent doors rather than vertical louvers on the sides of the hood. Both series also featured a parking light on top of each front fender and 18 inch wire wheels.

The Model KA V8 engine was replaced in 1933 with a new 381.7 in³ (6.3 L) V12. The large KB engine shared very few similarities with this new L-head engine. Only a few minor changes that were readily visible occurred on the 1933 K-series. The return of hood louvers and the deletion of the bar linking the headlights were by far the most obvious updates. The chassis was also revised, along with thermostatic shock absorbers and transmission.

In 1934, the V12 engines were replaced by a single 414 in³ (6.8 L) version of the updated model KA V12. The KA and KB nameplates now denoted the wheelbase only. For this year, the only styling updates included the replacement again of the louvers with doors on the side of the hood, and a body-colored grille surround.
For 1935, the Lincoln line was trimmed down considerable, as all vehicles where simply referred to as the Model K. Putting focus on the lofty over-$4,000 segment, the marque was attempting to improve profitability, though unfortunately limiting sales in the depression devastated US.

The following year, a more modern Lincoln Zephyr was debuted. Costing much less, the Model K's days were considerably numbered. However, despite its high $4700 price-tag, a 7-passenger Model K limousine was the marque's best-selling model for 1936. A new and improved raked windshield and pressed steel wheels were also part of this years update.

Continuing in production for the next five more years, the Model K unfortunately faced a decrease in sales in comparison to the more modern Zephyr and the new flagship Continental which became more appealing to buyers. Though production was mostly ended with the 1939 model year, one final Model K, the 1942 model was a one-off 'Sunshine Special' convertible limousine that was built especially for President Roosevelt.

By Jessica Donaldson

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