1935 Lincoln Model K Series

A luxury V12 car

by | Jan 31, 2020 | Community

Walter Miller

1935 Lincoln Model K Series

A luxury V12 car

by | Jan 31, 2020 | Community

Walter Miller

Our newly acquired vintage car is the 1935 Lincoln Model K V12 Series 301/303A seven-passenger sedan. This car contains original parts, except for the 1940s repaint. The car’s paint job has not aged well and is lifting from the surface. Another imperfection includes the fender brush retouch, but I’d like to think the texture adds to the patina. 

The Model K has an extended 145-inch wheelbase and its original 414 cubic inch V12 engine with 150 horsepower. The exterior contains a beautiful Lincoln greyhound on the nose and old driving lights up front. The gorgeous interior consists of wood trim and well worn original tan cloth interior. Six factory wire wheels are still intact, but I plan to remove the additional external trunk. This boxy feature ruins the aesthetics by disrupting the smooth aerodynamics. 

The Model K weighs in at 5,840 pounds. The previous owner nearly doubled this weight in spare parts, which I purchased: this collection filled the entire car, and much of the trailer used to haul this primitive beast. After removing the pieces, there’s nearly enough room in the back to fit several passengers. 

The price for Lincoln’s Model K was $4,600 in the same year that you could buy a new 1935 Ford sedan for under $600. Few millionaires were left after the depression, but they were able to afford these vehicles. However, production was insignificant compared to the roaring 1920s.

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If you mostly drive downhill, you can look forward to getting seven miles per gallon. These huge, inefficient cars were primarily out of fashion by the time of World War II, and many were scrapped for the war effort. This thirsty 414 cubic inch V12 was replaced by the much more compact 267 cubic inch V12 of the smaller, lighter revolutionary 1936 Lincoln Zephyr. Later, the 292 V12 was used in the 1940 Lincoln Continental, arguably one of the most beautiful automobile designs of all time. The Continental lasted until 1948, making it the last American V12 ever produced. I had an original 1936 Lincoln V12 that was nearly identical except for the shorter 136-inch wheelbase, which I drove for about 10,000 miles to many shows, including The Elegance at Hershey, without enduring a breakdown. 

Nothing compares to experiencing the sound and torque of a big old V12 as it accelerates. You can instantly feel your fuel budget being sucked out of your wallet as the engine hums. These are treasured driving cars and reliable if you can afford the gas.

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