Arizona | Lot 123

1932 Lincoln Model KB Dual-Cowl Sport Phaeton

Offered from a Private Collection



$128,800 USD | Sold

United States | Phoenix, Arizona

18 January 2018

Chassis No.
Engine No.
KB 600
KB 600
  • Offered from a private collection
  • Striking, immaculate restoration in superb colors
  • Numerous 1st in Class awards, including at Pebble Beach
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) and Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) First Prize winner

The 1932 Lincoln Model KB, the company’s first V-12 model, has been widely heralded as one of the most beautiful and finest products they have ever produced. Especially striking were the designs created for the chassis in Lincoln’s own shops, rumored to have been with considerable inspiration from the famed Classic Era coachbuilder, the Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena, California.

The dual-cowl sport phaeton offered here was formerly owned by Jim Bickley, a longtime Lincoln enthusiast in Illinois, who acquired it as a project from Jim Griffin of Wisconsin. Mr. Bickley began the restoration of the car with the well-known George Kovanda of Chicago Restorations. While the chassis and engine numbers on the car decode to an original Murphy dual-cowl sport phaeton, Mr. Kovanda recalls that the work included an entire new body, carefully produced to the original design by Rick Kriss. The restoration was eventually completed in 2003 under the ownership of a new owner in California, to a very superb standard, including striking concours-quality paint, leather upholstery, and a canvas top, as well as painted wire wheels with chromed hubcaps.

Afterwards, the Lincoln made many successful show and concours appearances, including 1st Place in the K Open class at the Ford Centennial and 1st in Class at the Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance in 2003; 1st in Class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2004; and CCCA Primary First and AACA First Junior prizes, the former with a score of 99.75 points. The current owner acquired the car in 2005 and has maintained it to the same superlative standard; in his care it has been competitively shown only once, at the Lincoln Owners Club Western National Meet in 2008, where it was awarded the Lincoln Trophy for the Best Primary 1921–39 Lincoln.

Offered in virtually pristine and show-ready condition, with curtains, top boot, and a small collection of documentation, this is a gorgeous Lincoln that will be a showstopper in even the finest Full Classic collection.

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