One of only nine examples originally built
1933 LINCOLN MODEL KB DUAL COWL PHAETON
Chassis No. KB 2178
Engine No. KB 2178
Blue with tan leather interior, dark brown carpeting and a tan top
Engine: V-12, 448ci., 150bhp at 3,400rpm; Gearbox: three-speed manual with free wheeling; Suspension: front and rear leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel mechanical with vacuum assist. Left hand drive.
After the slow pace of change during the early years of the Lincoln motor car, the transformation of the marque which began in 1931 was nothing short of astounding. First there was a substantial increase in chassis size in 1931 from 136 in wheelbase to 145 inches. Then in 1932, the first KB arrived with a huge new V12 engine to accompany the V8 engine which was continued in production as the Model KA mounted on a 136 inch wheelbase. Now for 1933, the relentless pressure of the deepening depression and plummeting sales forced yet another major change in the Lincoln line-up. The KA Model was re-engined with its own unique V12 closely matching in size the V8 it replaced. The lordly Model KB continued with exclusive occupancy of the longer 145 inch WB. This was only the second year of production for the KB V12 engine, but it would be the last. The new KA V12, simpler to build, would be enlarged after 1933 and would become the sole powerplant for the Lincoln K.
The magnificent KB engine powering the car presented here still used the unique but costly fork and blade connecting rod arrangement, which reduced the offset between right and left cylinder banks. At 448 cubic inch of displacement, it was larger than the Model K V12 that followed and, indeed, was larger than any Lincoln engine built until the mid-sixties. There are other amenities found on this car which made for luxurious and easier motoring. Free wheeling permits clutchless gear changing between second and high. Power brakes with adjustable boost make light work of halting this 5,500 pound automobile.
As if the mechanical changes were not enough, Lincoln made major alterations in the body and trim as well. The radiator grille was slanted back, fenders had skirting added, and the lower body sill line curved low over the frame rails and matched the graceful curve of the running boards. The effect was striking, and this model Lincoln remains one of the most magnificent of the grand classic cars.
This stunning example from the Browning Collection is one of the finest KBs extant. It also carries one of the most desirable body types. Known in previous years as the sport phaeton, the Dual Cowl body style is more close coupled than the seven passenger touring car giving an altogether more rakish appearance. Only nine examples of this body type were built. This Lincoln currently shows 44,248 miles on the odometer. Prior owners are believed to include Mr. Lou Andola and Mr. Tony Porta. We understand that the Lincoln Dual Cowl Phaeton joined the Browning collection in 1984 in very nice original condition. Shortly after joining the Collection this example was subjected to a full frame-off restoration. As it stands now, the car is in wonderful overall condition, the brightwork is excellent, the engine bay, motor and underbody are also very clean and tidy. This 1933 Lincoln appears to need nothing to continue to show well or to drive and represents a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most desirable Lincolns ever built in absolutely top condition.