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The 1938 Lincoln model lineup consisted of the streamlined, unibody Zephyr and the more conservative body-on-frame Model K. The Model K had a more traditional appearance and had been updated continuously since its 1930 introduction. 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 an 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. The Model K and Zephyr would return in 1939, but in 1940, only the Zephyr remained, joined by a longer and lower version called the Continental. Lincoln would continue to employ twelve-cylinder engines through 1948, returning to V8 power in 1949.


by Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2019

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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Lincoln Monthly Sales Volume

November 2022
6,104
October 2022
7,196
August 2022
6,393
July 2022
6,968
June 2022
6,894
May 2022
7,593
January 2022
5,740
November 2021
6,426
October 2021
8,346
September 2021
7,647
July 2021
4,237
June 2021
4,903
Additional Sales Volume Data


1938 Vehicle Profiles

1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information
Cabriolet Limousine
Coachwork: Brunn
1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: LeBaron
1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Brunn
1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Brunn

Chassis Num: K9002
Engine Num: K9002

1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information
Brougham
Coachwork: Brunn
1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: LeBaron
1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information
Tourer Cabriolet
Coachwork: Brunn
1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Brunn

Chassis Num: K-9139

1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Brunn
1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information
Touring Coupe
Coachwork: Judkins
1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: LeBaron
1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: K9314
Engine Num: K9314

1938 Lincoln Model K vehicle information
Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Brunn

Chassis Num: K9224

Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$468-$4,700
1938 Lincoln Model K
$7,000-$9,500
1938 Lincoln Model K Price Range: $4,700 - $7,000

Other 1938 Lincoln Models
$1,300 - $1,795

Model K

Year
Production
Wheelbase
Engine
Prices
1,429
136.00 in., 145.00 in.
12 cyl., 414.00 CID., 150.00hp
$4,200 - $5,500
1,534
136.00 in., 145.00 in.
12 cyl., 414.00 CID., 150.00hp
$4,205 - $6,800
977
136.00 in., 145.00 in.
12 cyl., 414.00 CID., 150.00hp
$4,450 - $7,050
416
136.00 in., 145.00 in.
12 cyl., 414.00 CID., 150.00hp
$4,700 - $7,000
133
136.00 in.
12 cyl., 414.00 CID., 150.00hp
$4,805 - $7,105

Industry 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)22,046
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)22,711
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)19,527
1937Chevrolet (815,375)Ford (765,933)Plymouth (566,128)30,994
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)16,528
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)1,411
1934Ford (563,921)Brewster (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)2,411
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)1,647

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