Driving into Summer | Lot 274
1934 Lincoln KB Dual-Cowl Sport Phaeton
$120,000 - $140,000 USD
| St Louis, Missouri
21 - 29 May 2020
- One of just two built to Style No. 272-A; believed to be the sole survivor
- Retains its original, numbers-matching V-12 engine
- A marvelous choice for tours and road events
- Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
Lincoln Motor Company simplified its lineup for 1934, introducing a new V-12 engine in place of the two previously available twelves. The new 414 cubic-inch unit was essentially an enlarged version of the KA’s 384 cu. in. V-12. At 150 horsepower, the new V-12 matched the output of the KB’s larger engine, while also being more economical for Lincoln to build, and delivering superior torque, flexibility, and fuel economy. Chassis options consisted of the Series 521 KA on a 136-inch chassis, and the Series 271 KB rolling on a 145-inch chassis. For the KB alone, the catalog consisted of seventeen individual body styles. Outside coachbuilders like Brunn, Willoughby, Dietrich, and LeBaron contributed to the catalog, as did Lincoln’s own custom body shop. Closed limousines and sedans dominated production, with the sportier open styles sold in comparatively minuscule numbers.
This gorgeous dual-cowl phaeton is one of the rarest of all 1934 Lincoln KB body styles. Beautifully proportioned and quite sporting for a Lincoln of the period, the factory catalog did not officially offer this style, yet two were built to special order by Lincoln’s in-house custom body shop. Records provided by The Henry Ford show this is one of the two cars completed to style number 272-A, and it is believed to be the sole surviving example. With the top up or down, it is a lovely Lincoln, with flowing lines and fine details, including a Greyhound mascot, dual side-mount spare wheels, and a trunk rack.
Photographs document its discovery in the late 1970s and subsequent restoration. As found, the Lincoln appeared remarkably complete, with the original body looking to be in surprisingly good order. Notably, the car retains its original, numbers-matching V-12 engine, which was the subject of a more recent rebuild. Presented in a lovely color combination of cream with burgundy fenders and feature lines, this KB has a bold, imposing presence with plenty of fine details to enjoy.
Coveted by enthusiasts for their performance and prestige, the big Lincolns of 1934 remain a popular selection for touring and driving events. Ideal for CCCA CARavans, Grand Classics, and club events, this rare, now one-of-a-kind Lincoln will undoubtedly turn heads wherever it may go.