16 August 1998
1937 LINCOLN MODEL K SEMI-COLLAPSIBLE TOWN CAR
COACHWORK BY BRUNN
Chassis No. K8130
Engine No. 9236
Maroon and black with black leather interior in front and broadcloth in the rear compartment
Engine: V12, side valve, 414ci, 150bhp at 3,400rpm; Gearbox: 3-speed manual; Suspension: semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear; Brakes: four wheel drum. Left hand drive.
The post-depression period witnessed the demise of most of the luxury car manufacturers. Among those who lost the battle of economics in the 30s were Duesenberg, Franklin, Peerless, Pierce, Cord, Auburn and Cunningham. Lincoln continued to ride out the lean years with the big K series being produced until 1940 and with the addition of the medium priced Zephyr to fill in the price gap.
One of the earliest carriage builder-turned custom coach builders to manufacture bodies for automobiles was Brunn & Co. of Buffalo, New York, founded in 1908. Hermann A. Brunn was known for his design and engineering which can be recognized in his invention of a metal top boot which concealed a folded top within the bodywork. Brunn became heavily involved with Lincoln for coachwork and was said to be Edsel Ford's favorite personal choice.
In 1937, for the first time the Lincoln V12 was fitted with hydraulic valve lifters. The Lincoln's new styling changes incorporated the headlights into the front fenders, giving the Lincoln a more rounded and smooth look. This was the last major change for the K series.
This particular example of the elegant town car body style is a former Classic Car Club of America first place winner and has won various local and regional shows. As noted during a recent inspection, the paint on the car is beginning to show some signs of age as there is evidence of some crazing and a few blemishes. This Brunn bodied Lincoln is recognized as a 'Full Classic' by the Classic Car Club of America and is therefore eligible for many of the club sponsored events.
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