16 August 1998
1937 LINCOLN MODEL K CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
COACHWORK BY LE BARON
Chassis No: K7748
Engine No. TBA
Green with green leather interior and tan canvas top
After World War I, a brand new innovative American automotive design company was born. Founders, Raymond Dietrich and Thomas Hibbard, referred to themselves as automotive architects and selected the name Le Baron because they thought it had an intriguing foreign sound that would attract customers. They quickly built the reputation of the place to go for very special coachwork. Le Baron selected well-known craftsmen of the day to execute their work. Their reputation grew and they gained so much prestige that orders poured in. They found it necessary to set up their own body manufacturing facility, which they achieved by merging with the Bridgeport Company.
Edsel Ford wanted Le Baron to move to Detroit, which he eventually did after several years and many internl changes. From there, they were able to acquire the clients Lincoln, Packard, Pierce-Arrow and Stutz.
This Lincoln is fondly referred to by the Warshawsky family as The Green Hornet. It was restored in the late 1970's with the mechanicals completed by Lincoln specialist Tom Powels, and the cosmetic by Bill Bosi. It has been a prize winner at many Chicago area shows as well as Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance. The Green Hornet was one of Mr. Warshawsky's favorite cars in his collection and it was used frequently for many family excusions. It is recognized as a Full Classic by the CCCA.
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