1937 Lincoln Model K Two-Window Berline by Judkins
Sold For $154,000Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 2018 - The Calumet Collection
- Offered from the Calumet Collection
- Lincoln Continental Owners Club Best of Show at the 2003 Ford Centennial Meet
- Originally delivered to Manila in these striking colors
- Very well-maintained restoration in excellent condition
- Accompanied by a copy of its build record
- Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
Some of the most handsome semi-custom bodies for the prestigious Lincoln Model K were produced by the John B. Judkins Company of Merrimac, Massachusetts, a respected old-line coachbuilder known for its outstanding craftsmanship and skill with a variety of different body styles. Particularly well regarded was the berline, a sedan with a limousine-style division window and padded, fabric-covered roofline, sold in both two- and three-window variations (the latter with rear quarter windows).
The car offered here was one of 47 produced in the two-window style in 1937. A copy of its build information, acquired from The Henry Ford, confirms that it was originally finished in this striking color of Jasmine Yellow, quite unusual and sporting for a formal automobile, with a unique Janartz cloth top, special Laidlaw tan whipcord upholstery, separate front and rear radios, and an intercom for directing the chauffeur, as it is equipped today. It was shipped from the factory on 4 August 1937 to Manila, the Philippines. While the original owner is not mentioned in any of the paperwork, longstanding rumor places the car with the Rockefeller family.
The Lincoln was eventually returned to the U.S. and fully restored, reportedly at a cost in excess of $300,000, by specialists in Illinois for then owner, John Groden. It was shown in Lincoln Continental Owners Club judging, eventually earning its Senior Emeritus and Best of Show trophies at the 2003 Ford Motor Company Centennial Meet in Dearborn, Michigan. Since it has been part of several prominent private collections, including, currently, the Calumet Collection, where the restoration has required only light improvements. In every regard it is in excellent, show-ready condition, with sparkling paint and an interior that still appears fresh. The rear compartment is still equipped with appropriate vanities and there is still a “Chauffeurbrella” tucked under the driver’s seat.
This is a simply outstanding Classic Lincoln, of wonderful quality and fine presentation – in colors appropriate to a spring showing!