1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 Dietrich Convertible Sedan / KB3434 Vehicle Information

1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 photograph

1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 photograph

1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 photograph

1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 2711934 Lincoln Model KB Series 2711934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271
Sold for $275,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - St John's.
Sold for $275,000 at 2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours.
Sold for $209,000 at 2016 Gooding & Company : The Scottsdale Auction.
Sold for $286,000 at 2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey.
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


2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $225,000-USD $275,000 
Sale Price :
USD $286,000

2016 Gooding & Company : The Scottsdale Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $275,000-USD $350,000 
Sale Price :
USD $209,000

2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $275,000-USD $325,000 
Sale Price :
USD $275,000

2013 RM Auctions - St John's

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $225,000-USD $275,000 
Sale Price :
USD $275,000

1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1934 sales)
1934 Lincoln KB Dual-Cowl Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: KB3358
Sold for USD$90,200
  2019 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1934 Lincoln Model KB Seven-Passenger Limousine
Chassis#: KB 3651
Sold for USD$62,700
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1934 Lincoln Model KB Convertible Roadster by LeBaron
Chassis#: KB 3639
Sold for USD$115,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1934 Lincoln Model KB Convertible Sedan by Dietrich
Chassis#: KB 3434
Sold for USD$286,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 image  1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 image  
1934 Lincoln Model KB Convertible Sedan by Dietrich
Chassis#: KB3680
Sold for USD$90,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 image  1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 image  
1934 Lincoln KB Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: KB3434
Sold for USD$209,000
  2016 Gooding & Company : The Scottsdale Auction
1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 image  1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 image  
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Chassis#: KB3444
Sold for USD$268,326
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
 
1934 Lincoln KB Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: KB3434
Sold for USD$275,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 image  1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 image  
1934 Lincoln Model KB Convertible Roadster by LeBaron
Chassis#: KB3514
Sold for USD$137,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Motor City Auction
 
1934 Lincoln KB Convertible Victoria
Chassis#: KB 3375
Sold for USD$451,000
  2015 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction
1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 image  
1934 Lincoln KB Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: KB3444
Sold for USD$275,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
 
1934 Lincoln Model KB Convertible Sedan by Dietrich
Chassis#: KB3434
Sold for USD$275,000
  2013 RM Auctions - St John's
1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 image  1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271 image  
1934 Lincoln Model KB Convertible Roadster
Chassis#: KB3514
Sold for USD$123,750
  2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona
 
1934 Lincoln Dual Cowl Phaeton
Sold for USD$88,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Collector Cars of Fort Lauderdale
 
1934 LINCOLN KB LE BARON 2 DOOR CONVERTIBLE
Sold for USD$242,000
  2006 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2006
 
1934 Lincoln Dual Cowl Phaeton
Sold for USD$106,000
  2003 Houston Classic
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1934 Lincoln KB Dual-Cowl Sport PhaetonKB 33582020 RM Sothebys : Driving Into Summer $120,000$140,000
1934 Lincoln Model KB Dual-Cowl Sport PhaetonKB 33582018 RM Sothebys : Hershey $110,000$130,000
1934 LINCOLN DUAL COWL PHAETON 2003 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$122,000  
1934 LINCOLN DUAL COWL PHAETON 2002 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$95,000  
1934 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE SEDAN 2002 Kruse Auction Scottsdale, AZ (Rawhide)$65,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB Series 271
1934 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Brunn
Chassis Num: KB 3375
Engine Num: KB 3375
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB Series 271
1934 Dietrich Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis Num: KB3434

Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB Series 271
1934 Dietrich Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis Num: KB3680
Engine Num: KB3680

1934 Lincoln Model KB Series 271

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