1938 Lincoln Model K

The 1938 Lincoln model lineup consisted of the streamlined Zephyr and the more conservative Model K. The Model K had a more traditional appearance and had been updated continuously since its 1930 introduced. By 1938, the headlights had been integrated into the fenders rather than set alongside the grille, and the fenders became better integrated with the body. The windshield had a more rakish profile thanks to its new V-shaped glass introduced in 1937. 1938 improvements included changes to the grille which now had 18 rather than 30 horizontal bars. The engine louvers were also revised since the thermostatically controlled hood shutters had been eliminated. Thirteen catalog bodies were offered and the standard sedan models all had built-in trunks.

Powering the Model K was a L-head twelve cylinder engine with a 414 cubic-inch displacement and 150 horsepower. The three-speed sliding gear transmission had floor shift controls and, for 1938, received improvements to its synchromesh. Improvements to the Bendix Duo-Servo mechanical brakes were made which improved its resistance to fading. Vacuum boosters had been introduced on the Model K cars in 1937.

For 1938, Lincoln produced 19,751 examples of the Lincoln-Zephyr and 416 examples of its Model K.


by Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2019
1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Cabriolet Limousine
Coachwork: Brunn

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1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: LeBaron

By 1938 sales of 'big' Lincolns had slowed significantly; only 416 (or 414) cars were sold that year - spread among 20 (or 21) body styles from the factory as well as 17 custom bodied cars - more than any U.S. Company.....[continue reading]

1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Victoria Convertible
Coachwork: Brunn

On February 4th of 1922, Ford Motor Company bought the Lincoln Motor Co. for $8 million. Henry Ford put his son Edsel in control of the new luxury division. Edsel's innate sense of style combined with the brilliant engineering of Lincoln would prove ....[continue reading]

1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Victoria Convertible
Coachwork: Brunn

Chassis Num: K9002
Engine Num: K9002

In 1898, Hermann A. Brunn was apprenticing in his uncle's carriage work shop. Later, he spent a few years working at the New Haven Carriage Company and at H.H. Babcock at Watertown, New York. He established Bunn & Co. in his hometown of Buffalo, Ne....[continue reading]

1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Brougham
Coachwork: Brunn

Brunn & Company of Buffalo, NY was probably Edsel Ford's favorite custom coachbuilder. The company began designing and building bodies for the Lincoln Motor Company in 1922. Ford Motor Company acquired Lincoln that same year.....[continue reading]

1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: LeBaron

The original owner of this Lincoln LeBaron felt he wanted something special in his convertible sedan. He enlisted Holden Koto, Alex Tremulius and Ralph Roberts (all automotive design industry greats) to blend features of their own to make this a trul....[continue reading]

1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Tourer Cabriolet
Coachwork: Brunn

A strong friendship between Edsel Ford and Hermann A. Brunn led to a relationship between Lincoln and Brunn & Co. that spanned two decades. This Touring Cabriolet on a Lincoln K chassis features one of the later efforts from the coachbuilder - one in....[continue reading]

1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Victoria Convertible
Coachwork: Brunn

Chassis Num: K-9139

Edsel Ford preferred that his coachbuilders and suppliers specialize in certain types of bodies. Judkins was tasked with creating berlines and coupes. Willoughby created the limousines and LeBaron created convertible sedans. Brunn & Co. of Buffalo, N....[continue reading]

1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Victoria Convertible
Coachwork: Brunn

Edsel Ford preferred that his coachbuilders specialize in certain body types. Judkins created berlines and coupes. Willoughby crafted limousines and LeBaron created convertible sedans. Brunn & Co. of Buffalo, specialized in soft-top broughams, town c....[continue reading]

1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Touring Coupe
Coachwork: Judkins

This one-off design by Judkins Coachbuilders was inspired by the 1938 Delage displayed in the French pavilion at the World's Fair. The novel window treatment was inspired by the Delage D8 120 Aerodynamic Coupe built by Letourneur et Marchand in Paris....[continue reading]

1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: LeBaron

This example is one of fifteen coachbuilt Lincoln LeBaron convertibles made in 1938 and one of only eight known to exist. It rolled out of the factory November 11, 1937. It was bought 'out of a barn' from the estate of the second owner in 2008 and th....[continue reading]

1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: K9314
Engine Num: K9314

The Model K was introduced in 1930 and continuously updated over the years. In 1938 the windshield was given a more rakish profile. The headlights were integrated into the fenders rather than set alongside the grille, and the fenders were better inte....[continue reading]

Cabriolet Limousine by Brunn
 
Convertible Sedan by LeBaron
 
Victoria Convertible by Brunn
 
Victoria Convertible by Brunn
Chassis #: K9002 
Brougham by Brunn
 
Convertible Sedan by LeBaron
 
Tourer Cabriolet by Brunn
 
Victoria Convertible by Brunn
Chassis #: K-9139 
Victoria Convertible by Brunn
 
Touring Coupe by Judkins
 
Convertible Sedan by LeBaron
 
Coupe by LeBaron
Chassis #: K9314 

Related Reading : Lincoln K-Series History

Becoming a vehicle that was known for luxury, the 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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Lincoln Monthly Sales Volume

December 2018
8,482
November 2018
9,207
October 2018
7,574
September 2018
8,168
August 2018
8,945
July 2018
7,898
June 2018
9,534
May 2018
9,755
April 2018
8,518
March 2018
9,352
February 2018
6,700
January 2018
6,410
Additional Sales Volume Data


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