1931 Lincoln Model K

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: LeBaron

For 1931 Lincoln introduced a longer, 145-inch wheelbase chassis known as the Model K, replacing the 136-inch Model L chassis. The move was applauded by body designers, who had long been seeking a longer Lincoln chassis for their efforts.....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton

A sporty, expensive, and low-production car which was purchased new by Helen Clay Frick, daughter of Henry Clay Frick. The Lincoln Motor Company was founded in 1917 by Henry M Leland, who had also established Cadillac in 1902. Widely renowned for his....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Town Car Landaulet
Coachwork: Dietrich

This rare 1931 Lincoln Model K town car landaulet is fitted with semi-custom coachwork by Dietrich. It is all original including paint, top, and leather interior.

The car may be a one-off special order car that must have been commissioned th....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich

Chassis Num: K 8208
Engine Num: 46129

This 1931 Lincoln Model K Dual Cowl Phaeton sits atop a 145 inch wheelbase. Located in the front of the vehicle is a 385 cubic-inch side-valve engine with 120 horsepower. Power was the sent to the rear wheels through a three-speed manual gearbox with....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Waterhouse

The Waterhouse Coachbuilding firm constructed a total of 40 bodies for Lincoln. They constructed seven bodies, of unknown configuration, for the Model L chassis. The remaining thirty-three were built for the Model K chassis. Twenty-five were Converti....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton

Chassis Num: 68639

This 1931 Lincoln Model K Two-Window Berline has coachwork by Judkins. Judkins created over 3,110 examples of the Berline bodystyle between 1922 and 1939. It is believed that a mere 72 2-Window Berline's were created in 1931. ....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Opera Coupe

Not only was the wheelbase lengthened but the engine horsepower was increased, from 90 to 125. This was achieved mainly by adopting a new two-barrel downdraft carburetor - the first one used by an American manufacturer.....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich

1931 was a milestone year for Lincoln - the legendary model ceased production and a new, redesigned model was introduced. It was still powered by the famous Lincoln V-8 but horsepower was now 120 and the wheelbase was lengthened to 145 inches.....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Town Sedan 2 Window

Twenty-five different body styles were available in 1931, including this Town Sedan, which was available in two and three-window versions. The former offered a sportier, more 'European' look, although fewer were sold. With its options, this Town Se....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: LeBaron

Chassis Num: 69120

This LeBaron bodied Convertible Coupe was treated to a complete professional restoration, bringing it back to its original specifications. The car was re-painted in its correct Lincoln colors using the proper nitro-cellulose paint. At the time, its o....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork: Dietrich

Under the direction of Edsel Ford, the function of the Lincoln automobile was to confer prestige upon Ford. Calvin Coolidge bought a Lincoln in 1923, establishing a presidential tradition. The Model K was introduced in 1931 and 24 models were listed ....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Two-Window Berline
Coachwork: Judkins

Chassis Num: 67218

This vehicle is a 1931 Lincoln Model K Judkins Two-Window Berline and one of only 72 examples built with very few survivors. It was given a $125,000 concours quality restoration 13 years ago, and has been kept in excellent condition. The 385 cubic-in....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: LeBaron

1931 was a milestone year for Lincoln - the legendary model ceased production and a new, redesigned model was introduced. It was still powered by the famous Lincoln V-8 but horsepower was now 120 and the wheelbase was lengthened to 145 inches. ....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Panel Brougham
Coachwork: Willoughby

Only about forty-five Lincoln Ks were built, and they were considered some of the most powerful and luxurious automobiles of their day. With a 145-inch chassis, the Model K replaced the shorter Model L and provided coachbuilders, such as Willoughby, ....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Town Sedan 3 Window

The Lincoln Modern K was introduced in 1931 and represented a complete design transformation under the leadership of Edsel Ford. It featured a 385 cubic-inch V8 engine with a dual venturi downdraft Stromberg carburetor producing 120 horsepower. The c....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Convertible Victoria
Coachwork: Waterhouse

Chassis Num: 68757
Engine Num: 68757

The Waterhouse Company of Webster, Massachusetts was in business from 1928 through 1932. This Convertible Victoria is one of just four 1931 Lincoln Model K vehicles clothed by Waterhouse as a Convertible Victoria. It is believed that just two example....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton

Lincoln's Model K was introduced in 1931, succeeding the Model L as the top-of-the-line for Ford's upscale marque. Cadillac had just introduced its new V12 model, effectively triggering a 'cylinder race.' Lincoln's V12 was in the works; meanwhile the....[continue reading]

1931 Lincoln Model K vehicle information

Town Sedan 2 Window

At the end of WWI, Henry Leland began building a new line of conservative but well-designed automobiles he called Lincoln after the first president for whom he voted. After struggling financially he sold the company to Ford in 1922 for $6.5 million.....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe by LeBaron
 
Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton
 
Town Car Landaulet by Dietrich
 
Dual Cowl Phaeton by Dietrich
Chassis #: K 8208 
Convertible Victoria by Waterhouse
 
Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton
Chassis #: 68639 
Opera Coupe
 
Dual Cowl Phaeton by Dietrich
 
Town Sedan 2 Window
 
Convertible Coupe by LeBaron
Chassis #: 69120 
Dual Cowl Phaeton by Dietrich
 
Two-Window Berline by Judkins
Chassis #: 67218 
Convertible Coupe by LeBaron
 
Panel Brougham by Willoughby
 
Town Sedan 3 Window
 
Convertible Victoria by Waterhouse
Chassis #: 68757 
Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton
 
Town Sedan 2 Window
 

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 increased the engine with 384.8 cubic inches. With a price significantly lower than any other Lincolns, the Model K 7-passenger Touring vehicle was used primarily as a limousine. Though at $4,400, the model K still cost ten times the amount of a Ford.

The largest updates were contained in the body style. The wheel base was now increased to 145 inches with a longer hood, and rounded bumpers which now gave it a low and sleek profile. Dual trumpet horns and large bowl-shaped head lights now gave the front a stunning look. Utilized mainly as a limousine, sales were less than half of what they were in the late 1920s due to the Depression.

A reflection of the earlier Ford Model K, the Lincoln K-series was a luxury vehicle line that was produced until 1942. A V12 became standard in 1933, while the original K-Series featured a 385 in³ (6.3 L) V8. The option of ordering a fully custom coachwork was available for customers.

Appearing on a new chassis in 1931, the original Model K had a 145 in (3683 mm) wheelbase. Available as a dual cowl model, factory bodies were a 2 or 4-door phaeton. A derivative of the earlier L-series 60° V8, the 384.8 in³ (6.3 L) engine had a dual downdraft Stromberg carburetors, altered timing upped power to 120 hp (89 kW), and higher compression.

Splitting into two lines in 1932, the Lincoln K-series featured the carryover Model KA and the new V12-powered Model KB. The engine output was pushed to 125 hp (93 kW) while the V8 car reverted to a 136 in (3454 mm) wheelbase. Producing 150 hp (112 kW), the KB featured the marque's new V12, 447.9 in³ (7.3 L) 65° L-head unit. These two new lines featured a new grille with less of a surround, and vent doors rather than vertical louvers on the sides of the hood. Both series also featured a parking light on top of each front fender and 18 inch wire wheels.

The Model KA V8 engine was replaced in 1933 with a new 381.7 in³ (6.3 L) V12. The large KB engine shared very few similarities with this new L-head engine. Only a few minor changes that were readily visible occurred on the 1933 K-series. The return of hood louvers and the deletion of the bar linking the headlights were by far the most obvious updates. The chassis was also revised, along with thermostatic shock absorbers and transmission.

In 1934, the V12 engines were replaced by a single 414 in³ (6.8 L) version of the updated model KA V12. The KA and KB nameplates now denoted the wheelbase only. For this year, the only styling updates included the replacement again of the louvers with doors on the side of the hood, and a body-colored grille surround.
For 1935, the Lincoln line was trimmed down considerable, as all vehicles where simply referred to as the Model K. Putting focus on the lofty over-$4,000 segment, the marque was attempting to improve profitability, though unfortunately limiting sales in the depression devastated US.

The following year, a more modern Lincoln Zephyr was debuted. Costing much less, the Model K's days were considerably numbered. However, despite its high $4700 price-tag, a 7-passenger Model K limousine was the marque's best-selling model for 1936. A new and improved raked windshield and pressed steel wheels were also part of this years update.

Continuing in production for the next five more years, the Model K unfortunately faced a decrease in sales in comparison to the more modern Zephyr and the new flagship Continental which became more appealing to buyers. Though production was mostly ended with the 1939 model year, one final Model K, the 1942 model was a one-off 'Sunshine Special' convertible limousine that was built especially for President Roosevelt.

By Jessica Donaldson

1931 Lincoln Models

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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
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