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1931 Lincoln Model K Convertible Coupe with Rumble Seat
Having left Cadillac in 1917, company founder Henry Martyn Leland set up Lincoln to build Liberty aero engines and only turned to motor car manufacture after the First World-War. Like the Cadillac, the Lincoln was a precision-made product and featured a 60-degree V8 engine developing 80bhp, good enough to guarantee 70mph performance.
By 1928 the Lincoln engine had been enlarged to 384.8ci (6.3-litres) and for 1931 was improved, incorporating five main bearings and including the first American use of a two-barrel, down-draught carburetor – that raised maximum power from 90 to 120bhp. Lincoln’s up-rated motor went into an entirely new car – the Model K.
Lower and sleeker, the new Lincoln incorporated numerous other styling changes including a longer bonnet, peaked radiator and shallow, bowl-shaped headlights. Lincolns of this period are highly regarded for their build quality and beautiful elegance, as is demonstrated so clearly with the car on offer today – the Convertible Coupe. The proportions of the Model K Convertible Coupe is so classical: long bonnet, snug cockpit for two and elegant curved rear that houses the ‘Rumble Seat’ for a further two people.
This Lincoln is understood to have been restored some time ago in the workshops of the world-famous Harrah Collection of Reno, Nevada. Upon the Harrah Collection’s disposal the car was imported to the UK and has since been well maintained in two private collections.
In its previous UK ownership the Lincoln saw regular careful use, participating in events including the 1997 Louis Vuitton Classic at Hurlingham, and being driven to the Montlhéry Historic Race Meeting. Sensible concessions to modern motoring include the fitting of indicators (inside the front Trippe-Lights) and brake lights; an electric fuel pump to assist starting; and a concealed cartridge-type oil filter. The car also benefits from new tires and a stainless-steel exhaust system.
The last owner acquired the Lincoln in the UK and brought it to Dubai. The past restoration has mellowed to give a charming patina of age, and the car remains in good overall condition. It is a pleasure to drive with a surprising modern feel in steering, gear change and braking.
A well-presented and versatile, true classic American.