1933 Lincoln Model KB Convertible Roadster by LeBaron
$145,000 - $170,000
RM | Online Only - PALM BEACH 20 - 28 MARCH 2020 - The Schluter Collection
- Offered from the Schluter Collection
- Lincoln’s ultimate Classic Era chassis with the sportiest body style
- Believed to be one of just seven surviving examples
- Documented ownership history; featured in Automobile Quarterly
- Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
- Please note this lot will need to be collected from West Palm Beach, Florida
Please note that this title is in transit.
The Lincoln Model KB, the company’s first V-12 model with its 150 hp, 448 cu. in. engine, has been widely heralded as one of the most beautiful and finest products they have ever produced. Among the most sporting offerings on this landmark chassis was the convertible roadster by LeBaron, notable for its distinctively light lines, including a convertible top “notched” to fall back flush with the rear deck on a 145-inch-wheelbase chassis. Thirty-five examples are believed to have been produced, and only seven of them are believed to remain today.
The stunning example offered here was originally delivered to Long Island on 20 April 1933. In 1946 it was acquired from a junkyard for $250 by Joseph E. Joseph of North Bennington, Vermont, who installed the present engine, no. KB2597. Mr. Joseph would subsequently become one of the charter members of the Classic Car Club of America. Following restoration, the Lincoln received CCCA Senior badge no. 283 in 1968 and was among the automobiles chosen to illustrate Stan Grayson’s article “Lincoln’s Grand KB” in volume 14, number 4 of Automobile Quarterly.
Following Mr. Joseph’s passing, the Lincoln was sold in 1990 to Albert Nault of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, a well-known Ford and Lincoln collector, in whose ownership it remained until recently; it was occasionally shown over the years, including an appearance at Eyes on Design in 1999. Until recently, it was a valued part of the noted Schluter Collection. The Lincoln’s older restoration has mellowed but is still very attractive in a rich combination of dark blue and black lacquer, with a tan leather interior that shows only slight patina, and an excellent tan convertible top.
Simply put, this is easily one of the most beautiful examples of one of the most distinctive, valuable Lincolns of the Classic Era. It is a car that has been respected and loved by enthusiasts for decades and should provide many years of enjoyment.