1937 Lincoln Model K

Following a disagreement, Henry Leland left GM to start his own company. He built Liberty aircraft engines and, after World War I, turned his attention to building motorcars. His new Lincoln made its debut in September of 1920 as a 1921 model. Although technically advanced, they lacked style, and production never really took off. In 1922, the Lincoln automobile was put up for sale and was purchased by Henry Ford. Ford's intervention, deep pockets, and styling turned the company around.

The Lincoln Model K was introduced in 1931, and by 1935 it received an all-new chassis and body styles. To achieve a lower center of gravity, the passenger space was moved forward by eleven inches, placing all seats ahead of the rear axle. With lower seating, the bodies could be more streamlined. All cars were now designated Model K, regardless of wheelbase. Mechanically, they were little changed.

Streamlining continued for 1936, with a more sharply sloped windshield and lower headlamps. Pressed steel wheels replaced the previous wires.

The 1937 Lincoln lineup included the Zephyr and the Model K, offered in 17 custom body styles. Styling was simplistic, perhaps influenced by Cord, and the front headlamps were now of an art deco teardrop design that had been streamlined into the front fenders. All of the standard bodied were given the V-front windscreens. The belt moldings were removed and replaced by a narrow crease, and the doors extended down almost to the running boards. The V-12 engine received hydraulic lifters and a different cam contour. A new camshaft was accompanied by hydraulic valve lifters and new engine mounts moved the powerplant even farther forward. Production and semi-custom body styles now numbered 21, the customs supplied by LeBaron, Brunn, Judkins, and Willoughby.


by Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2020

Related Reading : Lincoln K-Series History

Becoming a vehicle that was known for luxury, Lincoln underwent a total transformation in 1931. Re-powered, re-styled, and becoming lower-priced, this entire transformation was done under the censorship of Edsel Ford. The Lincoln Model K replaced the Model L, and only a total of forty-five models were ever produced. With an increased horsepower from 90 to 120, the newly added Stromberg carburetor....
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1937 Vehicle Profiles

1937 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Panel Brougham
Coachwork: Willoughby

Chassis Num: K-8376
Engine Num: K-8376

There were a total of 17 styles available on the Lincoln Model K for 1937. One of the premier coachbuilders for the series was Willoughby of Utica, New York. Their roots extended to the carriage trade. R.M. Bingham of Rome, New York purchased the nea....[continue reading]

1937 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Convertible Roadster
Coachwork: LeBaron

Henry and Wilford LeLand's Lincoln Motor Company began producing Liberty airplane engines in 1917. Leland decided to enter the automobile production business after the contract for the Liberty engines were fulfilled. The first cars were produced in 1....[continue reading]

1937 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Tourer
Coachwork: Willoughby

By 1937, sales of the Lincoln K, introduced in 1931, had dwindled as the era of big V12 and V16-powered luxury cars was coming to an end. However, Edsel Ford commissioned custom body builder Francis Willoughby of Utica, New York to produce a large, 7....[continue reading]

1937 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Sport Sedan Coupe
Coachwork: Willoughby

The custom coach-building business was in serious decline by the late 1930's. Lincoln Motor Company, through Edsel Ford, kept many of the remaining coach builders in business. Mr. Ford offered 13 of this sport sedan body style from the Willoughby C....[continue reading]

1937 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Berline 2 Window
Coachwork: Judkins

This Model 367-A Judkins 2-window, 5-passenger Berline is a very rare body style with only 47 built new. This car wears a fresh restoration with only test miles since completion. The car is painted in Dalmatian Green and black paint accented by a F....[continue reading]

1937 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: LeBaron

Henry Leland founded Lincoln Motor Company in 1917. Leland had previously started the Cadillac Motor Car Company in 1903 from the remains of Henry Ford's second failed attempt to start an auto company (Henry's third attempt resulted in the Ford Motor....[continue reading]

1937 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Limousine

Chassis Num: K7676
Engine Num: K7676

This seven-passenger Limousine is one of the very few known survivors of 248 built-in 1937. This Lincoln has been treated to a restoration and has covered only a few miles since that time. It wears a combination of dark blue and black paint with corr....[continue reading]

1937 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Tourer
Coachwork: Willoughby

The Lincoln K-Series was a luxury vehicle that was produced until 1942. In 1937, sales of the Lincoln K had dwindled as the era of big V12 and V16-powered luxury cars was coming to an end. However, Edsel Ford commissioned custom body builder Willough....[continue reading]

1937 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Dietrich

This Lincoln Model K Dietrich Convertible Sedan is powered by a 384 cubic-inch V8 engine and rests on a 145-inch wheelbase. The 1931 Lincolns were among the largest and most luxurious cars of the era. Only 3,600 were built, and many had custom coachw....[continue reading]

1937 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Two Window Sedan

Chassis Num: K-7816
Engine Num: K-7816

For 1937, Lincoln added the Zephyr to its lineup and produced alongside the Model K. The Model K continued to be offered as a prestigious model wearing a simplistic design. In the front, the headlamps were now of an art deco teardrop design that was ....[continue reading]

1937 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Semi-Collapsible Cabriolet
Coachwork: Brunn

In 1935 the V12 Lincoln became known as the Model K, and various different body styles from several coachbuilders were offered until 1940. This 1937 Lincoln Model K is one of 977 Model Ks built that year in 21 different body styles. One of only 7 Sem....[continue reading]

1937 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Touring Cabriolet
Coachwork: Brunn

The first Lincoln K V12 with Brunn Touring Cabriolet coachwork was that of Herman Brunn himself. This body style was then offered in the Lincoln catalog in 1937, 1938, and 1939. Ten of these luxurious motorcars were built in 1937, and they were at th....[continue reading]

1937 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: K8222
Engine Num: K8222

This Lincoln Model K with Convertible Sedan coachwork was bodied by LeBaron and is one of the thirty-seven examples built. It is a 363A model built on a 145-inch wheelbase and powered by a 414 cubic-inch V-12 engine mated to a three-speed manual gear....[continue reading]

1937 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Tourer
Coachwork: Willoughby

Chassis Num: K8349
Engine Num: K8878

This Lincoln Model K Touring by Willoughby was built for Russell Leffingwell, chairman of the board of J.P. Morgan & Company, who used it for travel to his summer house on Lake George in upstate New York. During the mid-1940s, the car was sold by the....[continue reading]

1937 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Convertible Roadster
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: A35089

Lincoln styling for 1935 featured streamlined bodies on the Model K chassis, with the passenger compartments moved forward on the chassis, and with its lower center of gravity, the ride and handling were improved. Many Model Ks were built to specific....[continue reading]

Panel Brougham by Willoughby
Chassis #: K-8376 
Convertible Roadster by LeBaron
 
Tourer by Willoughby
 
Sport Sedan Coupe by Willoughby
 
Berline 2 Window by Judkins
 
Coupe by LeBaron
 
Limousine
Chassis #: K7676 
Tourer by Willoughby
 
Convertible Sedan by Dietrich
 
Two Window Sedan
Chassis #: K-7816 
Semi-Collapsible Cabriolet by Brunn
 
Touring Cabriolet by Brunn
 
Convertible Sedan by LeBaron
Chassis #: K8222 
Tourer by Willoughby
Chassis #: K8349 
Convertible Roadster by LeBaron
Chassis #: A35089 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$152-$4,450
1937 Lincoln Model K
$7,050-$12,075
1937 Lincoln Model K Price Range: $4,450 - $7,050

$1,160 - $1,430

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Lincoln
1942Chevrolet (254,885)Ford (160,432)Plymouth (152,427)6,547
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)17,756
1940Chevrolet (764,616)Ford (541,896)Plymouth (430,208)
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)22,711
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)204,603
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)

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