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Lot 120

1934 Lincoln Model KB Convertible Roadster by LeBaron

  • Chassis no. KB3514
  • Engine no. K3514

Sold for $137,500


150 bhp, 414 cu. in. L-head V-12 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front and live rear axles with semi-elliptical leaf-spring suspension, and four-wheel power-assisted mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 145 in.

  • Very rare semi-custom body style from the last year of KB production
  • One of only 45 built
  • Well-presented restoration


The success of the Lincoln Motor Company is largely attributed to Henry Ford, who purchased the company for eight million dollars in 1922. Lincoln became the flagship of Ford’s automotive empire, its fortunes entrusted largely to Henry’s son Edsel. Edsel Ford was an aesthete and had developed relationships with the prominent coachbuilders of the day: Locke, Willoughby, LeBaron, and Brunn, the last of which had already established a Lincoln relationship in the Leland days. As time went on, some of these bodies were catalogued as so-called “semi-custom” offerings.

For 1932, Lincoln took a page from the Cadillac playbook and introduced a V-12 engine in the new KB model. But where Cadillac’s was a 45-degree overhead-valve unit of 368 cubic inches making 135 brake horsepower, Lincoln went for a 65-degree L-head displacing 447.9 cubic inches. Lincoln fully committed itself to 12-cylinder power in 1933. A new “small” V-12, a 67-degree unit displacing 382 cubic inches and abandoning Lincoln’s hallmark fork-and-blade rods, replaced the V-8 in the KA, Lincoln’s entry-level car. KBs kept the 447.9-cubic inch fork-and-blade engine but adopted a new cruciform double-drop chassis frame.

For 1934, there was a new engine, a 414-cubic inch version of the former KA powerplant. It was used in all Lincolns, the KA and KB designations now distinguishing the wheelbases: 136 inches for the KA and 145 for the KB. There were 26 different body styles, both factory and semi-custom. Among the most attractive was the Style 287, a convertible roadster built by LeBaron, sitting on the massive 145-inch wheelbase, which makes for exceptionally sporting proportions with the long hood and short deck. Only 45 convertible roadsters were built in 1934.

This car features the very attractive, new-for-1934 hood with five thermostatically controlled doors on each side. Lincoln’s iconic, graceful Greyhound mascot radiator cap tops the radiator shell, which was specially ordered in chrome instead of the body-colored painted shell that was standard in 1934. The front ensemble is enhanced by a pair of Pilot Ray lights. The body is finished in attractive light cream with a matching Haartz cloth top and chocolate brown fenders, with distinctive orange wheels and pinstriping. The interior is full leather in chocolate brown, matching the fenders.

The Lincoln has been shown competitively and has won numerous awards. In 2013, it was returned to Al Prueitt and Sons for a mechanical and cosmetic freshening. The aluminum cylinder heads were replaced with a pair of new heads. During this process, the engine was carefully inspected and tuned, including the main and rod bearings, and found to have very little wear.

A rare LeBaron “semi-custom” example, this Lincoln offers the very best of the Classic Era with both superb styling and 12-cylinder power.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

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Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

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A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

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Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more