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.
Sold for $275,000 at 2015 Gooding & Company.
Sold for $209,000 at 2016 Gooding & Company.
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
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Brunn
Chassis Num: KB 3375
Engine Num: KB 3375
Sold for $451,000 at 2015 Bonhams.
When, if ever, does an automobile become a member of a family? If never, wouldn't nearly eighty years with the same family raise some doubts?

Lincoln's Model K line of automobiles was the most luxurious offered by the company. First making its appearance in 1931, the K-Series would originally include a two or four door phaeton and then, later, a dual-cowl model. Utilizing an L-series V8 with higher compression and a downdraft Stromberg carburetor the Lincoln produced some impressive horsepower, right around 120hp.

One year later, the K-Series would come available with a V12 derivative known as the KB. Horsepower was now pushed to 150hp and provided Lincoln with a foundation for luxury and performance.

Besides the performance upgrade, the new K-Series featured much more refined body styling. Simple, yet appealing, the new series was classic in its look, but contemporary. Additionally, Lincoln offered its K-Series customers with an extensive catalog of possible body styles that included designs by some of the best and most recognizable names in the business, LeBaron, Dietrich, Willoughby, Waterhouse and Brunn.

Chassis KB3375 would be ordered in 1934 and Brunn would be commissioned to build a Convertible Victoria body for the chassis. Completed, the car would be delivered to its new owner where it would remain until 1942 when it was then purchased by its current owner.

Well over seven decades in the care of its owner, KB3375 would become a very prominent feature in the person's life serving to deliver newspapers to distribution terminals early on and then becoming a daily mount for going to and from work.

Despite its rather common and humble life, the KB is anything but ordinary. Among the experts it is generally believed only about a half a dozen of the Convertible Victoria body style were ever built by Brunn. Among those half a dozen, just three are known to still exist.

Despite being recently updated with a new interior and convertible top, KB3375 remains highly original, showing the decades of love and care gushed over it by its owner.

Matching chassis and engine numbers are just for a start with this car. Living a quiet existence with one family so long has to qualify the car as a member of the family, and certainly a difficult piece with which to part. All told, the rarity, genuine nature, long period of ownership and assured exclusivity make this 1934 Lincoln KB Convertible Victoria one for the headlines.

The 1934 Lincoln KB Convertible Victoria would be offered for sale for the first time in nearly eight decades. Consigned through Bonhams and offered as part of the auction house's Arizona auction, the Lincoln had to be a highlight for anyone drawn by the love affair between mankind and the automobile.

When the bidding came to an end, the car would part ways with its long-time owner for the sum of $451,000 thereby leaving a wonderful parting gift to the family that had taken it in as one of their own for so long.

By Jeremy McMullen
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