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1932 Lincoln Model KB

Chassis number : KB998

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High bid of $90,000 at 2006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook. (did not sell)
The 1930s was an exciting time for automotive development, though the true level of achievement would be hindered by the Great Depression. The cylinder wars began in the 1920's. Companies who relied solely on style, such as Pierce Arrow, were eventually out of business. Cadillac had raised the bar with their V12 and V16 engines. Marmon was quick to respond, introducing their version of the massive sixteen cylinder engine. Lincoln responded with a seven bearing, V12 engine with separate cylinder blocks, and fork and blade connecting rods. The engine was potent, powerful and durable. It did have a flaw and that was in the cost of manufacturing. It was so expensive, that within two years it was no longer offered. It had been replaced by a conventional design that was more cost effective. The engine may have prevailed if not for the Great Depression, which was dwindling the numbers of potential buyers and making competition fierce in the luxury car segment.

The Lincoln automobiles were stylish and luxurious with many receiving custom bodies from some of the era's greatest coachbuilders including Waterhouse, LeBaron, Dietrich, Judkins, and Willoughby. Many of the creations were unique and built specifically for the customer. The most popular designs were group ordered by Lincoln and made available to a wider selection of buyers. This decreased the delivery time while maintaining a high level of quality. The bodies were built in advance with some available to customers to be trimmed to their exact specifications.

This 1932 Lincoln Model KB Sport Coupe shown with chassis number KB998 has coachwork by Judkins and was displayed in Automobile Quarterly in 1978. The interior is cloth with a Philco Transistone Radio and a Waltham electric clock. The exterior is just as extravagant with a rumble seat, luggage rack, and leather roof.

It was estimated to fetch between $125,000 - $150,000 at the 2006 RM Auction in Meadow Brook. A high bid of $90,000 was not able to satisfy the reserve and the car remained unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2007
High bid of $90,000 at 2006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook. (did not sell)
The J. B. Judkins Company of Amesbury, Massachusetts built this car as a 'Catalog Custom.' According to surviving records, this car was built as a Salon exhibition car. It was finished in early1 1932. Only six examples were created. It was built on their largest chassis with a 448 cubic-inch V12 engine, and weighs over six thousand pounds.

The car was shown at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles and the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

The body and wheels are painted the correct color of Jade Mist with the fenders, moldings and upper panels in 'Birmingham Green.' The interior is Weese Bedford whip cloth (code W-1902). The car selling price was $5,415.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2007
High bid of $90,000 at 2006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook. (did not sell)
This Lincoln features Custom Coachwork by Judkins Company of Amesbury, Massachusetts. The aluminum body was built for the Auto Salon shows at the Drake Hotel in Chicago, the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, and the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. From this display car an additional six bodies were produced and each was custom tailored to the purchaser's unique specifications. The finish is the original color of the Jade Mist and Birmingham Green.

The KB Lincoln is powered by a 448 cubic-inch, 150 horsepower, V-12 that still maintains Lincoln's Ford-and-Blade rod technology. The wheelbase is 145-inches and the car weighs shy of 6,000 pounds.

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2006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $125,000-USD $150,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $90,000

1932 Lincoln Model KB Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Lincoln Model KB

(Data based on Model Year 1932 sales)
1932 Lincoln KB V-12 Sedan
Chassis#: KB558
Sold for USD$42,900
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction
 
1932 Lincoln KB V-12 Sedan
Chassis#: KB558
Sold for USD$44,000
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona
 
1932 Lincoln Model KB Five-Passenger Sedan
Chassis#: KB 1396
Sold for USD$99,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1932 Lincoln KB Dual-Windshield Phaeton in the style of Brunn
Chassis#: KB 1367
Sold for USD$274,400
  2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1932 Lincoln Model KB image  1932 Lincoln Model KB image  
1932 Lincoln Type 236 Sedan
Chassis#: KB954
Sold for USD$47,954
  2018 Bonhams : Den Hartogh Sale
 
1932 Lincoln Type 507 Sedan
Chassis#: 72011
Sold for USD$50,618
  2018 Bonhams : Den Hartogh Sale
 
1932 Lincoln Model KB Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: KB 893
Sold for USD$103,600
  2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
 
1932 Lincoln Model KB Dual-Cowl Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: KB 600
Sold for USD$128,800
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1932 Lincoln Model KB Boattail Speedster
Sold for USD$605,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey
 
1932 Lincoln KB 5 Passenger Sedan
Chassis#: KB1291
Sold for USD$75,900
  2016 The Finest : The Elegance at Hershey
 
1932 Lincoln KB Judkins
Chassis#: KB 1635
Sold for USD$198,000
  2016 The Finest : The Elegance at Hershey
1932 Lincoln Model KB image  
1932 Lincoln Model KB Dual-Windshield Phaeton by Brunn
Chassis#: KB1367
Sold for USD$319,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
1932 Lincoln Model KB image  1932 Lincoln Model KB image  
1932 Lincoln KB Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: KB830
Sold for USD$230,000
  2015 Mecum : Monterey
 
1932 Lincoln Model KB Coupe by Judkins
Chassis#: KB1644
Sold for USD$198,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1932 Lincoln Model KB image  1932 Lincoln Model KB image  
1932 Lincoln KB Custom Stationary Coupe
Chassis#: KB 816
Sold for USD$836,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island
 
1932 Lincoln Model KB Two-Window Berline by Judkins
Chassis#: KB221
Sold for USD$121,000
  2013 RM Auctions - St John's
 
1932 Lincoln KB Four-Passenger Town Sedan
Chassis#: KB1377
Sold for USD$80,300
  2013 Bonhams - Greenwich Concours d'Elegance
 
1932 Lincoln KB Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton
Sold for USD$275,000
  2013 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale
 
1932 Lincoln KB Coupe
Sold for USD$154,000
  2012 RM Auctions - St. Johns, Michigan
1932 Lincoln Model KB image  1932 Lincoln Model KB image  
1932 Lincoln Model K Double Windshield Phaeton
Chassis#: KB1367
Sold for USD$269,500
  2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona
1932 Lincoln Model KB image  1932 Lincoln Model KB image  

Lincoln Model KBs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1932 Lincoln Model KB's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1932 Lincoln KB CoupeKB13032019 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island $250,000$350,000
1932 Lincoln KB V-12 Five-Passenger Sedan 2016 Auctions America : Hilton Head $70,000$90,000
1932 Lincoln KB Custom BerlineKB7582016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $250,000$310,000
1932 LINCOLN KB V12 BRUNN SPORT PHAETONKB8302016 BarrettJackson : Palm Beach   
1932 LINCOLN KB CUSTOM COUPEKB 16352016 Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa $225,000$275,000
1932 LINCOLN KB TOURING 2011 Auctions America Spring Auburn$147,500  
1932 Lincoln KB Four Door Seven Passenger SedanKB 5582009 Bonhams Larz Anderson Auto Museum $40,000$60,000
1932 Lincoln KB Four Door Seven Passenger SedanKB 5582009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $50,000$60,000
1932 Lincoln Model KB 2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company $275,000$375,000
1932 Lincoln KB Judkins Coupe 2006 Michigan International Fall Classic Car Auction$100,000  
1932 Lincoln Model KB Sport CoupeKB9982006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook$90,000$125,000$150,000
1932 Lincoln KB 7 Passenger Sport Phaeton 2005 Michigan International Fall Classic Car Auction$78,000  
1932 Lincoln 231 KB 7 Passenger Sport TouringKB9332004 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall$93,000$110,000$130,000
1932 LINCOLN KB LEBARON CONVERTIBLE COUPE 2001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$136,000  

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1932 Lincoln Model KB Profiles

1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Convertible Roadster
Designer: LeBaron
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Berline Two-Window
Coachwork: Judkins
Designer: Judkins Company of Amesbury
Chassis #: KB1644
Engine #: KB1644
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Berline Two-Window
Coachwork: Judkins
Designer: Judkins Company of Amesbury
Chassis #: KB998
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Judkins
Chassis #: KB1303
Engine #: KB1303
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Dual Windshield Phaeton
Coachwork: Brunn
Chassis #: KB1367
Engine #: KB1367
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Waterhouse
Chassis #: KB9
Engine #: KB9
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Sport Touring
Designer: LeBaron
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Convertible Roadster
Designer: LeBaron
Chassis #: KB47
Engine #: KB47
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Dietrich
Chassis #: KB1219
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Berline 3-Window
Designer: Judkins Company of Amesbury
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Sport Touring
Designer: LeBaron
Chassis #: KB933
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Dietrich
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Judkins
Engine #: KB473
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Judkins
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Sport Roadster
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: KB11
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Berline 3-Window
Designer: Judkins Company of Amesbury
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Convertible Roadster
Designer: LeBaron
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Convertible Roadster
Designer: LeBaron
Chassis #: KB 173
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Judkins
Chassis #: KB 1635
Engine #: KB 1635
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Convertible Roadster
Designer: LeBaron
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Double Cowl Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Murphy
1932 Lincoln Model KB vehicle information
Double Cowl Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Murphy
Chassis #: KB1349