1933 Lincoln Model KB Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton / KB2178 Chassis Information

1933 Lincoln Model KB photograph

1933 Lincoln Model KB photograph

1933 Lincoln Model KB1933 Lincoln Model KB
Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton
Chassis #: KB2178
Engine # KB2178
Sold for $242,000 at 2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions.
The Lincoln Motor Company was founded by Henry Martyn Leland during the First World War with the intent to build aero engines. Leland's first automobile company was Cadillac. The Lincoln name was chosen for the first president. The company was founded in 1917 and its stint in the production of aero engines was very brief, as war's end led to cancelled contracts and an idle workforce. Leland, having a history in the production of automobiles, naturally moved into that arena.

The first Lincoln automobiles appeared several years later, in September of 1920. There was a single model dubbed the 'L' built atop two different wheelbase sizes, either 130 or 136-inches. Power was from a 60-degree V8 that displaced 357.8 cubic-inches and featured 'fork-and-blade' connecting rods. This allowed the cylinders to be directly opposite one another. The bare chassis cost a staggering $4,000 and with town car clothing, the price rose to $6,600. This put the new Lincoln automobiles in direct competition with the well-established and well-known Cadillac Company.

Demand for the Lincoln automobiles was slow, partly due to a recession. This led to receivership for Lincoln. The company was rescued by Ford for the price of eight million dollars in 1922. The Lincoln Company became Ford's flagship and became the special project for Henry's son Edsel. Under his direction and with his guidance and designs, the Lincoln Company would excel. Relationships with prominent coachbuilders such as Locke, Willoughby, LeBaron and Brunn created some of the most elegant and eye-catching creations of the day. Most of the Lincoln open cars were bodied by Locke or Brunn through 1928. Some of the coachwork was moved 'in-house' in 1929, such as this Style 176 Phaeton which was available with and without the tonneau cowl and windshield.

Mechanical improvements were added to Lincoln vehicles every year. In 1927, four-wheel brakes were fitted. The following year the engine was bored out to 385 cubic-inches and in 1929, rubber engine mounts were added which greatly reduced vibration. That same year, the brakes were changed to the internal expanding type, and cooling fins were added to the rear.

In 1931, Lincoln introduced the Model K which rode on a very larger, 145-inch platform. The chassis was cruciform-braced allowing the vehicle a lower stance and better center-of-gravity. The design incorporated flowing fenders, a longer hood, and a new peaked radiator. Synchromesh and free-wheeling were added to the transmission, and cable-operated Bendix Duo-Servo brakes provided improved stopping power. The engine's compression was improved and better manifolding drove the horsepower even further.

In 1932, the Lincoln V12 engine was introduced and the new KB Model was born. The engine had an L-head design and mounted at a 65-degree angle. It displaced 447.9 cubic-inches and offered 150 horsepower. The Model KA rode on a 136-inch wheelbase and powered by a V8 engine. This would be the final year for the V8 as the new V12 engine would become the standard for Ford flagship company.

The 1933 Lincoln catalog contained 26 KB body styles and 17 styles from custom coachbuilders. Only 533 buyers were found, mostly due to the Great Depression and the increase in competition from other luxury car makers. There were only nine examples of the 252-A Dual Cowl Phaeton produced, such as this example. These cars, along with the 252-B models (which did not have the tonneau cowl or windshield) were the last fully-open cars in the Lincoln catalog. They were available in future years but only on special order.

This Lincoln Model KB Dual Cowl Phaeton was built in the spring of 1933. The list of owners include Lou Andola, Tony Porta, and a long-time ownership in the Browning Collection in Utah. While in the Browning Collection, it was treated to a frame-off restoration. The car is painted in two-tone blue and has a tan canvas top. The interior is tan leather and the odometer reads just over 44,000 miles.

In 2008, this car was brought to the 2nd Annual Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $250,000-$400,000. Those estimates were nearly proven accurate as bidding reached $242,000 including buyer's premium. This was enough to satisfy the vehicles reserve and the lot was sold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2008


2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$250,000-$400,000 
Sale Price :
$242,000

2019 1
2018 1
2015 2
2012 1
2011 1
2010 2
2009 1
2008 1
2006 2
2004 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$71,500$71,5001
2018$179,200$179,2001
2015$210,375$324,5002
2012$375,000$375,0001
2011$134,750$134,7501
2010$266,750$385,0002
2009$154,000$154,0001
2008$242,000$242,0001
2006$374,000$495,0002
2004$148,500$148,5001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1933 sales)
1933 Lincoln Model KB Seven-Passenger Sedan
Chassis#: KB2366
Sold for $71,500
  2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1933 Lincoln Model KB Convertible Roadster by LeBaron
Chassis#: KB2243
Sold for $179,200
  2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1933 Lincoln Model KB image  1933 Lincoln Model KB image  
1933 Lincoln KB Convertible Victoria
Chassis#: KB2432
Sold for $324,500
  2015 The Auburn Auction
1933 Lincoln Model KB image  1933 Lincoln Model KB image  
1933 Lincoln KB Town Car by Brunn
Sold for $96,250
  2015 Auctions America - California
 
1933 Lincoln KB Phaeton 2010 Meadow Brook 1st in Class
Sold for $375,000
  2012 Mecum's 25th Original Spring Classic - Indianapolis
 
1933 Lincoln KB Five-Passenger Convertible Coupe by Brunn
Chassis#: KB2317
Sold for $134,750
  2011 RM Auctions - Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns
1933 Lincoln Model KB image  1933 Lincoln Model KB image  
1933 Lincoln KB Custom Dietrich Convertible Sedan
Sold for $385,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
 
1933 Lincoln KB Panel Brougham
Chassis#: KB 2063
Sold for $148,500
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
 
1933 Lincoln Model KB
Chassis#: KB2432
Sold for $154,000
  2009 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
1933 Lincoln Model KB image  1933 Lincoln Model KB image  
1933 Lincoln Model KB
Sold for $242,000
  2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions
1933 Lincoln Model KB image  1933 Lincoln Model KB image  
1933 Lincoln Model KB Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: KB2005
Sold for $495,000
  2006 The Otis Chandler Collection Auction
 
1933 Lincoln KB Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: KB2371
Sold for $253,000
  2006 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1933 Lincoln KB Panel Brougham
Sold for $148,500
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
 
1933 Lincoln KB Convertible Victoria
Sold for $143,000
  2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1933 Lincoln Model KB's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1933 Lincoln Model KB Convertible SedanKB22842012 RM Auctions at Amelia Island, Fla$210,000$275,000$375,000
1933 Lincoln Model KB Convertible SedanKB20052011 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auctions $425,000$510,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1932 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1932 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1932 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1932 Berline
Coachbuilder: Judkins
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1932 Berline
Coachbuilder: Judkins
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1932 Murphy Sport Roadster
Coachbuilder: Murphy
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1932 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Judkins
Chassis Num: KB 1635
Engine Num: KB 1635
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1932 Berline Two-Window
Chassis Num: KB1303
Engine Num: KB1303
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1932 Dual Windshield Phaeton
Coachbuilder: Brunn
Chassis Num: KB1367
Engine Num: KB1367
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1932 Berline Two-Window
Chassis Num: KB1644
Engine Num: KB1644
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1932 Convertible Roadster
Chassis Num: KB47
Engine Num: KB47
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1932 Convertible Victoria by Waterhouse
Coachbuilder: Waterhouse
Chassis Num: KB9
Engine Num: KB9
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1933 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Brunn
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1933 Town Car
Coachbuilder: Brunn
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1933 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1933 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1933 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Judkins
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1933 Convertible Roadster
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1933 Convertible Roadster
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1933 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Willoughby
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1933 Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton
Chassis Num: KB2178
Engine Num: KB2178
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1933 Convertible Roadster
Coachbuilder: LeBaron
Chassis Num: KB2243
Engine Num: KB2597
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1933 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis Num: KB2259
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1933 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Dietrich
Chassis Num: KB2284
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1933 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Brunn
Chassis Num: KB2317
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1933 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Brunn
Chassis Num: KB2432
Chassis information for the Lincoln Model KB1933 Convertible Victoria
Coachbuilder: Brunn
Chassis Num: KB2432


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