Post Sun Mar 01, 2015 10:21 am

1932 LINCOLN KA

Lot 181
10,000 MILES FROM NEW, HIGHLY ORIGINAL
1932 LINCOLN KA FIVE-PASSENGER SEDAN
Coachwork by Murray
US$ 60,000 - 80,000
£39,000 - 52,000

AUCTION 22530:
THE AMELIA ISLAND AUCTION

12 Mar 2015 12:00 EDT

FERNANDINA BEACH GOLF CLUB

10,000 miles from new, highly original
1932 LINCOLN KA FIVE-PASSENGER SEDAN
Coachwork by Murray
Engine no. KA4864I
384ci V-8 Engine
120hp
Dual Throat Downdraft Carburetor
3-Speed Transmission
4-Wheel Vacuum Boosted Mechanical Brakes

*One of the best preserved prewar cars we have ever seen
*Approximately 10,000 miles from new
*Fully documented history from new
*Stunning original paint and upholstery

THE LINCOLN KA

Having left Cadillac in 1917, company founder Henry Martyn Leland set up Lincoln to build Liberty aero engines and only turned to motorcar manufacture after the 1918 Armistice. Like the Cadillac, the Lincoln was a precision-made product and featured a 60-degree V-8 engine developing 80bhp, good enough to guarantee 70mph performance. Unfortunately, Lincoln customers had to endure a protracted wait to experience it for themselves as deliveries did not commence until September 1920, eight months behind schedule. This delay and the onset of the post-war recession combined to hinder sales and, by early 1922, the company was up for sale. The buyer was none other than Henry Ford, whose acquisition of Lincoln enabled him to contest the upper reaches of the market while the ubiquitous Model T continued to dominate at the other extreme.

By 1928 the Lincoln engine had been enlarged from 357.8ci to 384.8ci and for 1931 was heavily revised, incorporating five main bearings and a host of other improvements – including the first American use of a two-barrel, downdraft carburetor – that raised maximum power from 90 to 120bhp. Lincoln's up-rated motor went into an entirely new car, the Model K, built on a lengthened (145") wheelbase chassis.

In 1932, there was a major change to the Lincoln line up. All cars were restyled to keep the family resemblance with the new '32 Fords. Lincoln would have two models, the K engine model which would be called the KA, and the KB, which would receive the new V-12 engine.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This Lincoln KA is perhaps the best preserved prewar car we have offered. With only around 10,000 miles from new, its condition is truly remarkable. It has seen only occasional and very careful use from new.

Delivered on August 18, 1932 to David Schlack of Eagle River, Wisconsin, Mr. Schalck traded his Peerless towards the $2550.00 Lincoln. Mr. Shalck drove the Lincoln only in good weather and put the car up on blocks every fall. In 1947, the car was discovered and acquired by George Farr. Used only in parades while in Mr. Farr's possession, the car was sold to Perry J. Shadpe in 1960. Mr. Schadpe was a Pontiac dealer in Madison, Wisconsin, who also had a private antique car Museum. He held onto the car until 1998, when the ownership passed to a private collector in Kentucky. The current owner acquired it from him in 2007.

The car survives today with near flawless original paintwork, original interior with barely a moth hole and close to perfect original rugs. The side-mount spares are still wrapped in the original oilcloth covers that appear to have never been removed, with the original factory tires underneath. Under the hood reveals the original V-8 with the original radiator hoses and clamps. Literally nothing seems to be out of place or non-factory, save for a new fan belt.

To sit in this car is the closest thing one can get to sitting in a new Lincoln of the period. It is difficult to find any notable defects on the car and the underside looks almost as good as the top. The car serves as a benchmark reference for anyone restoring a Lincoln of this era.

This car would undoubtedly be a welcome and competitive car in the most prestigious of Concours D'Elegance preservation classes. A truly incredible survivor, this fine Lincoln deserves a new owner who will appreciate this piece of preservation history.

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