PROPERTY FROM THE DANIEL SNYDER COLLECTION, OWNER OF THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS
1933 LINCOLN KB CONVERTIBLE COUPE
COACHWORK BY LEBARON
Chassis No. 2407
Engine No. 2407
Black with scarlet red fenders and detailing, black leather interior and black soft top
Engine: V12, overhead valve, 488ci, 150bhp at 3,400rpm; Gearbox: three speed manual with free wheeling; Suspension: front and rear leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel mechanical drum with vacuum assist. Left hand drive.
With the depression of the 1930s slowly strangling luxury car sales, the automobile manufacturers, including Lincoln, offered more flamboyant and powerful automobiles in the hopes of attracting new customers. The KB Lincoln was one such model and for many collectors it represents the pinnacle of aesthetics and mechanical achievement for the Lincoln marque. The KB engine was the largest displacement engine offered by the company until the mid-Sixties. The use of fork and blade connecting rods, 160 degree crankshaft and separate engine blocks were ideas held over from the early Henry Leland days at Lincoln. There were other amenities found on this car that made for luxurious and easier motoring: freewheeling allowed the driver to coast when decelerating, a feature that saved gas and engine effort; and power-assisted brakes made easy work of stopping. The KB was an aesthetic triumph as well. The new wheelbase was extended to 145in, skirted fenders were added to cover the frame, the V shaped radiator was slanted back and the new lower body sill line curved low over the frame rails to match the graceful curves of the running boards. One of the most popular and surely the sportiest of the body styles was the LeBaron Convertible Coupe. With the top folded down below the belt line, it provided a low, sporty appearance. Just 37 of these LeBaron-bodied Convertible Roadsters were ever produced and although Lincoln used the name Roadster, this model actually has the luxury of roll-up windows.
According to an article by Mr. Ray Levy in the Classic Car of America publication Torque from January-February 1984, this car, serial number KB 2407, was purchased in 1963 by Mr. Bill White of Grayslake, Illinois. Mr. White was already a long time Lincoln enthusiast and he kept the original KB ready for a future restoration. By all accounts the car was extremely original and in 1982 Mr. Ray Levy purchased it. At the time it was sitting on four old truck tires and all the hardware such as instruments, door handles, etc. were in boxes. The headlights, trunk rack and running boards were stuffed into the rumble seat. Mr. Levy then commissioned respected restorer Fran Roxas in Alsip, Illinois to complete a thorough frame-off restoration, both cosmetically and mechanically. The result was stunning and in 1984 this roadster was rewarded with both an AACA National First Prize and a National First Prize by the Classic Car Club of America. A few years later, the Lincoln was acquired by Mr. Bill Clayton of Arizona and when it was shown at the Grand Prix Concours in Palm Springs, it was awarded the Best Lincoln prize.
The KB had been in Mr. Patrick Ryan's collection for a number of years until sold to Mr. Snyder in 2001 and it has received fastidious care during his ownership. Still in beautiful condition, the paintwork is eye-catching with the contrasting red fenders and red coachline. This is carried through into the interior with black leather upholstery and black carpets piped with red leather. The engine compartment is very clean and well detailed with many polished parts. The soft top fits well and the rumble seat is correctly trimmed. The car has only been driven and used sparingly since its restoration as just 114 miles were on the KB at the time of cataloguing and this is very likely all that the car has covered since leaving the restorer's workshop. This car is especially tight and drives like a new car, and according to many tour veterans, the KB is one of the most desirable cars one can use. This represents an exceptional opportunity to acquire one of the most desirable Lincolns which is eligible for all Classic Car Club events and tours.