1932 Lincoln Model KB

The flagship car for the entire 1932 Ford line was the Lincoln Model K. With its smooth-running V12 engine and highly-appointed body styles, they rivaled the Cadillacs and Lincolns of their time.

In 1931, the entire K line was redone with lower and stronger chassis, longer hood and lengthened wheelbase. By 1932 Lincoln fitted a new V12 in the chassis and named it the model KB. It sold alongside the V8 model known as the KA.

Central the KB was a 448 in³ V12 engine that used the fork and blade connecting rods which allowed two cylinders share a single bearing. This produced over 150 bhp compared to the Cadillac’s 135.

At the time Edsel Ford worked closely with Judkins, Fleetwood, Brunn, LeBaron, Willoughby and Murphy for a variety of available bodystyles on the KB chassis.

1932 Lincoln Model KB

1932 Lincoln roadster (neg 209748-020).

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at USA
engine V12
fuel feed Single Downdraft Dual-Choke Carburetor
displacement 7341 cc / 448.0 in³
power 111.9 kw / 150 bhp @ 3400 rpm
specific output 20.43 bhp per litre
torque 395.9 nm / 292.0 ft lbs @ 1200 rpm
body / frame Body Over steel Chassis
front brakes 4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes with Vacuum Booster
rear brakes 4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes with Vacuum Booster
f suspension Solis Axle and Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
r suspension Live Axle and Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
transmission 3-Speed Manual Gearbox

1932 Lincoln Model KB

1932 Lincoln Model KB Coupe by Judkins – sold for $198,000. Lincoln’s 1932 salon exhibition car. The first and most desirable year of the Lincoln V-12. One of reportedly nine built. Beautifully restored; a CCCA Premier winner. A later owner acquired the car, still in its original and unrestored condition, in the early 1990s, and after researching and verifying its history with archivists at the Henry Ford, he undertook a ground-up restoration to the highest of standards, finishing the car in the original salon colors and trim. Auction Source: 2015 Amelia Island by RM Sotheby’s

1932 Lincoln Model KB

1932 Lincoln KB Judkins Coupe – sold for $154,000. Mechanically sorted with recent overhaul work. Class winner at Pebble Beach. Offered from the collection of William Ruger Jr. Auction Source: 2012 St John’s by RM Auctions

1932 Lincoln Model KB

1932 Lincoln KB Seven-Passenger Sport Touring KB933 – sold for $115,500. One of just 24 Style 233 Seven-Passenger Sport Tourers built. An older, high-quality restoration by Rick Kriss. Runs and drives very well; equipped with many period accessories.

n addition to its impressive power, commanding proportions and remarkable drivability, this KB is also extremely rare as one of just 1,515 such chassis produced for 1932, and of those, it is one of only 24 Style 233 Seven-Passenger Touring cars originally built that year. The distinctive 1932 Lincolns marked the end of an era, as their simple yet very attractive lines soon gave way to the V-shaped radiator and long, closed fenders that were quickly made standard by almost all luxury manufacturers by the mid-1930s. This very rare CCCA Full Classic is a perfect candidate for classic tours or a very enjoyable open-air weekend driver. Auction Source: 2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions