What would you do with an aging luxury car? Don't think twice - streamline it!
That's exactly what Edsel Ford did with the Lincoln K, company's flagship and status symbol. Introduced in 1931, it was aimed at the highest price segment. The original Model K had a 145 in (3683 mm) wheelbase. Available as a dual cowl model, factory bodies were a 2 or 4-door phaeton. A derivative of the earlier L-series 60° V8, the 384.8 in³ (6.3 L) engine had a dual downdraft Stromberg carburetors, altered timing upped power to 120 hp (89 kW), and higher compression.
Splitting into two lines in 1932, the Lincoln K-series featured the carryover Model KA and the new V12-powered Model KB. The engine output was pushed to 125 hp (93 kW) while the V8 car reverted to a 136 in (3454 mm) wheelbase. Producing 150 hp (112 kW), the KB featured the marque's new V12, 447.9 in³ (7.3 L) 65° L-head unit.
For 1935, the Lincoln line was trimmed down considerable, as all vehicles where simply referred to as the Model K. Putting focus on the lofty over-$4,000 segment, the marque was attempting to improve profitability, though unfortunately limiting sales in the depression devastated US.
The following year, a more modern Lincoln Zephyr was debuted. Costing much less, the Model K's days were considerably numbered. However, despite its high $4700 price-tag, a 7-passenger Model K limousine was the marque's best-selling model for 1936. A new and improved raked windshield and pressed steel wheels were also part of this years update.
And then came the radical face-lift. The K was streamlined, after a fashion. If the 1936 model (above, bodied by Brunn) was rounded here and there, the next year's big Lincolns were a radical depart from the past:
1937 Lincoln Limousine by Willoughby
1937 Lincoln LeBaron Convertible Roadster
1938 Lincoln K 7-passenger V12 Sedan
1938 Lincoln V-12 Brunn Brougham
1938 Lincoln K V-12 LeBaron Convertible Sedan
Continuing in production for the next five more years, the Model K unfortunately faced a decrease in sales in comparison to the more modern Zephyr and the new flagship Continental which became more appealing to buyers.
Though production was mostly ended with the 1939 model year, one final Model K, the 1942 model was a one-off 'Sunshine Special' convertible limousine that was built especially for President Roosevelt.
Source: Jessica Donaldson @ conceptcarz.com