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1932 Lincoln Model KB

Chassis number : KB1219

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Henry Leland founded the Cadillac Motor Car Company in 1903 from the remains of Henry Ford's second failed attempt to start an auto company. In 1917, Leland found the Lincoln Motor Company and built a high caliber automobile that was very well-built, but rather lack-luster in its design. When the Ford Motor Company acquired the company in 1922, Edsel Ford (Henry's Son) used his talents to transform the design into beautiful, luxurious cars.

Many consider 1932 as the ultimate year for the design of custom-bodied prestige automobiles. With a variety of companies throughout the world in the custom body business in the 20's, only a few established themselves as the cream of the crop. Dietrich was certainly one of them.

To many American classic car enthusiasts, Raymond H. Dietrich was the leading car designer of his day. He was born in 1894, as cars were just coming into being, and he had an eye for these new creations and a love of drawing from an early age. His father was an upholsterer, so he also grew up seeing how any item could be transformed with an artistic touch. At age 12 he began an apprenticeship as an engraver, and by 19 he was working for Brewster & Company. He went on to create bodies for many manufacturers, but Edsel B. Ford was a good friend and strong supporter, and those done for Lincoln have a special touch.

Dietrich, Inc. was an American coachbuilder founded in 1925 by Raymond H. Dietrich, who was also the co-founder of LeBaron Incorporated in New York. He was known to be a close friend to Edsel Ford, who introduced him to Fred Murray, owner of the Murray Body Corporation. Ford was able to convince him to partly finance Dietrich to start his own body company. Murray had hoped for an in-house source for designing and building custom bodies for luxury cars, such as the Lincoln. It is said that Dietrich himself held 50% of the stock.

Dietrich, Inc. did styling work for standard bodies for Packard, Franklin, and Erskine. Dietrich, Inc. also built custom bodies to single orders, and proposed semi-customs for Lincoln, which was then headed by Edsel Ford.

By September 1930, Dietrich was out of his company and Dietrich, Inc. was closed in 1936. In 1932, Raymond Dietrich became the first head of design of Chrysler (until 1938).

This 1932 Lincoln KB Coupe wears a custom coachwork body by Raymond Dietrich of Detroit. It is a rare automobile and one of just 17 (perhaps 16) examples produced at a factory price of $5,150. It is one of 11 Dietrich-built KB Coupes with a rumble seat. Dietrich's trademark raked split-V windshield can be fully opened, the rear window can be lowered to chat with rumble seat passengers, and a large storage compartment can be accessed through a door on the right.

The current owner's grandfather, a Lincoln dealer in Kalamazoo, Michigan, ordered the car new in the 1930s. It was rescued from a junkyard in 1951 and treated to a restoration by the current owner in 2001.

In 1932, Lincoln offered two distinct automobiles. The KA was powered by the venerable Lincoln V-8 on a 136-inch wheelbase chassis and the KB was powered by the new Lincoln V-12 on the 145-inch wheelbase chassis. The new 447 cubic inch V-12 produced 150 horsepower.

Custom coachwork was available on the KB chassis only and one of the most beautiful bodies designed for that chassis in 1932 was the coupe by Dietrich & Company of Detroit.

This Lincoln was rescued from a Michigan junkyard in 1951 and received a complete restoration between 1999 and 2001.

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No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

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