Amelia Island

The Ritz-Carlton
10 March 2012
Lot 198

1939 Lincoln Model K Convertible Victoria by Brunn


$110,000 USD | Sold

United States | Amelia Island, Florida



Chassis No.

150 bhp, 414 cu. in. L-head V-12 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel Bendix power-assisted mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 136"

• One of only two built

• CCCA Full Classic

The Lincoln Model K was the highest priced offering of Lincoln in the 1930s, with various modifications throughout the decade affecting chassis length, engine displacement and of course styling. The example offered here represents the last year that the K was produced and has highly attractive convertible victoria coachwork by Brunn & Co. The relationship between Brunn and Lincoln goes back to the marque’s fledgling days; Lincoln’s sales were sluggish due to homely looking bodies, and after brief negotiations Herman C. Brunn was ultimately charged with redesigning the line. Fortunately for the small coachbuilder, the lucrative relationship continued after Lincoln was acquired by Ford.

Chassis K9503 is one of only two examples built of the highly attractive $5,800 Model 408 Brunn Convertible Victoria. Its large proportions on the 136-inch wheelbase allow room for five passengers and causes it to weigh in at almost three tons. This older restoration is finished in a period-correct dark blue lacquer. Options include dual side-mounts with full metal covers and mirrors, bumper guards, Trippe lights, steel artillery wheels wearing wide whitewalls and a folding trunk rack as well as a period trunk. It resided in long-term ownership until being purchased by its current owner several years ago, who has driven it sparingly and maintained it in climate-controlled storage. After being refurbished by its previous owner, it was responsibly enjoyed as evidenced by wear to the engine bay, underside and light wear to the brown leather upholstery and cloth top. The chrome appears to have been re-plated at the time of restoration and has now respectfully aged with the rest of the car. It remains sound throughout and will make a distinctive high-quality tourer on leisurely weekend jaunts or CCCA CARavans.