1933 Lincoln Model KA Series 511 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis Num: KA738
Sold for $154,000 at 2007 RM Sothebys.
Sold for $101,750 at 2010 RM Sothebys.
Lincoln went into receivership after two years of production due to an erroneous multi-million dollar tax bix. The company was bought out of receivership by Henry Ford and his son Edsel soon became in charge of the company. High standards were issued for the coachbuilders and engineers of the Lincoln automobiles. This quest for perfection was realized in 1932 with the introduction of the Lincoln KB which sat atop a large 145-inch wheelbase and powered by a V12 engine that displaced 448 cubic-inches. It was outfitted with numerous luxury amenities making it powerful and refined.

A smaller version of the KB was introduced in 1933 that featured a 382 cubic-inch engine. It was dubbed the KA and served as an alternative to its larger sibling. The engine was based on the KB V12 but was made simpler and less expensive. It featured detachable cylinder heads made from cast-iron, four main bearings, aluminum pistons, and offset cylinder banks.

This 1933 Lincoln KA Dual Cowl Phaeton has coachwork by Dietrich. It was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held at Meadow Brook where it was estimated to sell between $125,000 - $175,000. Its 382 cubic-inch L-head engine produces 125 horsepower which is sent to the rear-wheels through a three-speed sliding gear transmission. There are Bendix Duo-Servo mechanical brakes on all four-wheels and the wheelbase measures 136-inches.

This Dual Cowl Phaeton's first owner is believed to have been Josephine Caeverth of Lockport, New York who later sold it to the Robert C. Wood Auto Agency on March 11th of 1943. It was later purchased by Lawrence Fitzpatrick on November 4th of 1943. The car passed through several more owners throughout the years; in 1969 it was treated to a restoration by the 'Restoration Shop' located in Jamesburg, New Jersey. Spare parts were used from a 1934 Lincoln donor car; after seven and a half years, the project was completed.

This car has been awarded a First Junior AACA award on numerous occasions. It was placed on display in the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana in 1983 where it resided until it was brought to auction.

This is a very rare body-style with as few as nine and as many as 12 created in 1933. This car crossed the auction block later in the day, after nearly 80 other vehicles had made the journey. Bidders were still enthusiastic, even after the long day, and drove the winning bid to $154,000.

The car returned to auction in 2010 at RM Auctions Amelia Island sale in Florida. The estimate was set at $120,000 - $160,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $101,750, inclusive of buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2010
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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