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1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 news, pictures, specifications, and information

Willoughby Limousine
Coachwork: Willoughby
 
The Lincoln Model K series was introduced in 1931 and produced in limited numbers through 1939. These cars were V-8 powered until 1933 when a 381 cid V-12 became the standard power plant. Displacement was increased to 414 cubic inches accompanied by a 25-bhp boost to 150 horses in 1935. This excellent engine would power the K's until the end of its run in 1939.

During this time, Lincoln offered a wide selection of semi-custom bodies from LeBaron, Willoughby, Brunn and Judkins. Customers could order their own full-custom coachwork as well, but these special-order cars were built in minuscule numbers.

This 1934 Lincoln Series 271 - KB features a custom-built body (type 285) by Willoughby of Utica, New York on the massive 145-inch wheelbase Lincoln chassis, but is a completely unrestored automobile.

Until recently acquired by the current owner, this automobile has spent its entire life in west Texas (where the climate contributed to the car's preservation over the years).

Power is supplied by a Lincoln-built 414 cub-cinch V-12 engine that produces 150 horsepower.

Incredibly, only 740 Lincolns were built on the 145-inch wheelbase chassis and that included 20 different body styles.
Brunn Brougham
 
This 1934 Lincoln (KB-3433) was originally built for the Hardenbergh Family, who built and part-owned the Plaza Hotel of New York City.

The Brunn Body Company of Buffalo, New York designated this body as an All-Weather Semi-Collapsible Cabriolet. The 'all weather', title referred to the inclusion of roll-up windows in the chauffeur's compartment, to keep inclement weather out. The 'semi-collapsible', refers to the rear one-third of the top being collapsible, but not the entire roof top assembly.

Other unique features include a cigar smoke vent in the roof, blue tail light lenses, mahogany interior wood, a leather top and a chauffeur's compartment modified for a short statured driver. This car carried series number 'One' of the Brunn Body Company for 1934. they produced two of these bodies. They ride on a chassis with a 145-inch wheelbase, motivated by a 150 horsepower V-12 engine.
Dietrich Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis Num: KB3434
 
Sold for $275,000 at 2013 RM Auctions.
During the depths of the Great Depression, Lincoln streamlined its operation and adopted a single new V-12 for both its smaller KA and top-of-the-line KM models for 1934. Displacing 414 cubic-inches and offering 150 horsepower, the engine rode in a cruciform double-drop chassis frame, with two models distinguished largely by their wheels: the KA models rode on a 136 inch platform while the KB rested on a larger, 145-inch wheelbase. Another difference between the KA and KB were the number of available body styles. The KB could be had as a chassis for custom coachwork, though many coachworks took advantage of the 'semi-custom' offerings that were produced for Lincoln by the East Coast's finest custom coachbuilders and catalogued by the factory. These bodies were finished to the specifications of each individual customer and offered an unbeatable combination of custom style, quality, and individuality. The listed price was some-what lower than a 'full custom' body.

One of the 'semi-customs' of 1934 was the convertible sedan designed by Raymond Dietrich and built by his imprint of Briggs Manufacturing. They featured a distinctive vee'd windshield, four doors, and a convertible top.

This particular example has a history that is known back to the 1950s, when it was acquired by Lincoln collector Jack Passey from a fellow enthusiast in Modesto, California. The car eventually passed to fellow collector, Bill Smith, at which point it was still original and in nicely running condition.

Smith treated the car to a concours-quality restoration over a three-year period, which ended up being a frame-off process that encompassed the chassis, powertrain, body, upholstery, and top. The work was completed in 2010. The work was rewarded with two First in Class awards at West Coast shows.

For 1934, Lincoln produced 2,149 cars, with just 25 of those being the KB Dietrich Convertible Sedan.

By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2013
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Two Best of Show Winners : Similar Designs : Same Owner
When these two vehicles won Best of Show honors at major Concours d'Elegance events, they both were owned by Judge Joseph Cassini III. The green colored Chrysler 4 door Phaeton with tan convertible top wears coachwork by LeBaron. In 2012, it won the Best of Show title (for an American car) at the Concours d'Elegance of America at St. Johns. The other car is a Packard 2 door Convertible Victoria with coachwork by Dietrich. It won this years Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Best of Show honors...[Read more...]
63rd Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Names 1934 Packard 'Best of Show'
The competition showcased 248 cars, including 48 from abroad PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (August 18, 2013) -- A 1934 Packard 1108 Twelve Dietrich Convertible Victoria owned by Joseph and Margie Cassini III of West Orange, New Jersey, was named Best of Show at the 63rd Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, held Sunday on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links at Pebble Beach Resorts. The event showcased 248 cars from 36 states and 12 countries and raised $1,277,007 for charity. 'This Pack...[Read more...]
2013 Palos Verdes Concours Celebrates 'The Age of Elegance'
Rolls Royce, Bentley, Duesenberg and coachwork of Ray Dietrich to be featured Rancho Palos Verdes, CA - February 14, 2013 - The 21st Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance at the Trump National Golf Club, Rancho Palos Verdes on September 15 will celebrate the 'Age of Elegance' by showcasing some of the world's most luxurious classic automobiles, according to Chairman Peter Kunoth. The featured classes include Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Duesenberg and the coachwork of Raymond Dietrich. The Conc...[Read more...]
Lincoln at Los Angeles Auto Show Press Days: Celebration of Its Past and Future As Brand Rolls Out Its Reinvention
> The brand pays tribute to its heritage today, displaying seven of the most influential Lincoln designs > Thursday sees a display full of the all-new MKZ premium midsize sedan and MKZ Hybrid, the future of Lincoln, on the Lincoln stand > Lincoln launches on Tumblr http://lincolnnow.tumblr.com beginning with the visually stunning classic Lincolns shown on the stand and select images from archives. Continues with an all-new collection of photographs by photographers Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg ...[Read more...]

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