Lincoln Model K 1938 Coupe 412 by LeBaron

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Model K 1938 Coupe 412 by LeBaron





By 1937, the Zephyr had joined the lineup, but Lincoln continued to offer its prestigious Model K with 17 custom body styles, the customs supplied by LeBaron, Brunn, Judkins and Willoughby. Perhaps influenced by Cord, the stylists saw simplicity as a key feature. The front headlamps were now of an art deco teardrop design that had been streamlined into the front fenders, and the V-front windscreens were fitted on all standard bodies. Belt moldings were removed and replaced by a narrow crease, and the doors extended down almost to the running boards. These were all influences of the revolutionary and popular John Tjaarda designs. From an engineering standpoint, the V-12 engine was fitted with hydraulic lifters and a different cam contour and was placed further forward, sitting on altered engine mounts.

The J.B. Judkins Company of Amesbury, Massachusetts, was one of the old-line carriage builders. By 1910 the firm had converted entirely to auto bodies and by the late 1920s had developed a close relationship with Lincoln. Some bodies were wholly bespoke, but others, like this 367-A Two-Window Berline, were built in limited series, in this case just 47 for the year. Most Judkins cars had leather tops. It is additionally unusual for its tan whipcord upholstery, with arm rests both front and rear indicating it was intended to be either chauffeur- or owner-driven.

Lincoln built just 133 12-cylinder Model K examples in 1939, the last year for the exclusive, luxurious model produced since 1933. No fewer than 21 different body designs were available from Brunn, Willoughby, Judkins and LeBaron, with all but three built in single-digit quantities. That number included the two-passenger coupe by LeBaron, of which just four are thought to have been built.

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