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1934 Lincoln Model KA

1934 Lincoln Model KA

In 1934 the KA line was modified to include the 414 cu. in. V-12 engine which would remain with the company until 1936. The KA was offered alongside the KB as a cheaper alternative with a shorter wheelbase.

Distinct changes to the 1934 Lincolns include painted radiator shrouds and cooling shutters on the hood.

1934 Lincoln Model KA

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
built at USA
engine V12
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material Cast Iron
fuel feed 2-Barrel Carburetor
displacement 6784 cc / 414 in³
power 111.9 kw / 150 bhp
specific output 22.11 bhp per litre
body / frame Steel Body over Steel Chassis
driven wheels RWD
front brakes Drums
rear brakes Drums
f suspension Solid Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs
r suspension Live Axle w/Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs
transmission 3-Speed Sliding Gear

1934 Lincoln Model KA

1934 Lincoln KA Convertible Roadster KA3118 – sold for $192,500. The handsome Lincoln KA 2/4-Passenger Convertible Roadster from 1934 offered here is one of only 75 examples originally produced. It benefits from a high-quality, professional restoration to concours standards that was completed in 1999 under noted collector Find Christiansen and his wife Arlene. Shortly after completion, the Lincoln won Best in Class at the 1999 Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, and in 2000 it was displayed at Eyes on Design, held at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan. Only test miles have been traveled since the KA was restored, and it has always been displayed and stored in a proper, climate-controlled environment.

The Lincoln’s deep Maroon exterior finish is beautifully complemented by the black cloth convertible top and the grey-upholstered interior, which features a handsome wood grain dash, dual glove boxes and beautifully inlaid wooden door cappings. Desirable period accessories include Lincoln’s iconic Greyhound mascot, dual side-mounted spare tires with side-view mirrors, a golf-bag door, a rear luggage rack and wide whitewall tires. Truly rare and impressive throughout, this elegant yet sporting 1934 Lincoln Model KA 2/4-Passenger Convertible Roadster is rightly recognized as a CCCA Full Classic. With V-12 power and elegant styling, this is an exemplary car for collectors in search of a proven award-winner. Auction Source: Amelia Island 2012 by RM Auctions

1934 Lincoln Model KA

1933 Lincoln Model KA Murray Convertible Roadster Chassis no. KA1114 – sold for $216,000. The Lincoln KA in this sale is a 1933 model, the only year in which both KA and KB V-12 engines were made. As such, it is a rarity, with less than 90 of these KA Convertible V-12 Roadsters being built. The body is by Murray, a Michigan maker of both stamped and custom bodies.

The huge two-seater is one of the great American classics with its black fenders, pale green sides and black bonnet top melding into the cowl surrounding the black interior. The front features that year’s new sloping grille accented by chrome mesh. Huge headlights and driving lamps accompany the impressive grille. If they don’t provide enough illumination, there is a cockpit-reachable spot light on the driver’s side.

Moving back, the bonnet sides are louvered and there are twin side mounts with chrome surrounds and rear view mirrors mounted on top. Wide white walls and full wheel discs add to the impressive profile. The black convertible top has a substantial set of landau irons. The dashboard has an ovoid triple-instrument cluster, not unlike those seen on period Chris-Craft marine runabouts and post-war hot rods. The rumble seat claims its own windscreen, complete with glass wind wings. The overall impression of sporting luxury is finished by the large, detailed leather travel trunk at the rear. It features stops of its halcyon era, like the 1939 World’s Fair, the Drake in Chicago and the La Mañana in La Jolla. The Classic Car Club of America recognizes this Lincoln as a Full Classic with all the invitations to prestigious events that go with that designation. Auction Source: Bonhams 2010 Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia

1934 Lincoln Model KA

1933 Lincoln KA Dual Cowl Phaeton by Dietrich – sold for $101,750. The earliest known owner of this Lincoln, which features coachwork by Dietrich, was Josephine Caeverth of Lockport, New York, who in turn sold it to the Robert C. Wood Auto Agency on March 11, 1943. Lawrence Fitzpatrick was the next to acquire the car, and he did so from the Wood Agency on November 4, 1943. Marion Roberts from Grand Island, New York was the next owner, and he sold it to James Howe from Buffalo, New York in 1960. Mr. Howe worked on the automobile for over five years and sold it to Gerald Snyder of Merritt Island, Florida on May 2, 1966. Finally, Mr. Snyder consigned the car to RM Auctions’ Meadow Brook Hall auction in August of 2007, where it was purchased by Mr. John O’Quinn.

Completion of the restoration of the car began in 1969, when the Lincoln was taken to the “Restoration Shop” in Jamesburg, New Jersey to finish the restoration. Leife Drexler of Sicklerville, New Jersey crafted the Scottish leather, and a complete stainless steel exhaust system was fabricated to replicate the original design. In total, the restoration took seven and a half years to complete.

The efforts were rewarded on June 14, 1975 when the Lincoln received a First Junior AACA award in Frederick, Maryland and again two years later on June 25, 1977, when an AACA First Senior was awarded in Scranton, Pennsylvania. In 1983, the Lincoln was put on display in the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana, where it resided until this year.

Today, the two-tone brown paint exhibits some areas of cracking around the door handles and along the tops of the doors and some areas of chips around the hood/cowl joint. Otherwise the presentation of the paint is in good to very good condition, particularly given the age of the restoration. The interior is finished in brown leather, with no rips or tears. The dash and gauges present well, and the tan top is also in good condition, suggesting that it has been replaced at some point.

Accessories include a full set of side curtains, twin sidemounts with mirrors, a rear-mounted trunk with fitted covers and a pair of front-mounted Trippe Speed Lights.

While there is some debate as to whether this is one of nine or one of twelve examples ever produced, this Lincoln KA Dual Cowl Phaeton is an uncommon find, and its sale marks a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most desirable body styles of the KA line. Auction Source: 2010 RM Automobiles of Amelia Island Auction