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  • 1931 Lincoln Model K All-Weather Cabriolet by LeBaron
  • 1931 Lincoln Model K All-Weather Cabriolet by LeBaron
  • 1931 Lincoln Model K All-Weather Cabriolet by LeBaron
  • 1931 Lincoln Model K All-Weather Cabriolet by LeBaron
  • 1931 Lincoln Model K All-Weather Cabriolet by LeBaron
  • 1931 Lincoln Model K All-Weather Cabriolet by LeBaron
  • 1931 Lincoln Model K All-Weather Cabriolet by LeBaron
  • 1931 Lincoln Model K All-Weather Cabriolet by LeBaron
  • 1931 Lincoln Model K All-Weather Cabriolet by LeBaron
  • 1931 Lincoln Model K All-Weather Cabriolet by LeBaron
  • 1931 Lincoln Model K All-Weather Cabriolet by LeBaron
  • 1931 Lincoln Model K All-Weather Cabriolet by LeBaron
  • 1931 Lincoln Model K All-Weather Cabriolet by LeBaron


1931 Lincoln Model K All-Weather Cabriolet by LeBaron

Lot No. 5136

Auctioned on Saturday, September 2, 2017

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Estimate: $ 70,000 - $ 90,000

  • Rare LeBaron coachwork on Model K Lincoln
  • One of 21 built; only example with opera windows
  • Original interior and sympathetically restored as needed
  • Many desirable features exemplified during the Classic Era
  • CCCA Full Classic


The early months of 1931 saw a comprehensive showing of the new Lincoln automobiles being exhibited at the Automobile Show put on by the Lincoln Retail Division of the Ford Motor Company. This display closely followed the world premiere of the new Lincoln at the New York Automobile Salon. At both exhibitions the new car aroused widespread interest.

The new for 1931 Lincolns were noted for superb appearance, accentuated by the flowing lines of the long hood and cowl, slanting windshields, and long, low-slung coachwork. The new Lincoln line-up included both custom and standard body types of many designs. Amongst those mentioned as part of the custom group availability was the All-Weather Cabriolet by LeBaron according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in their Sunday morning February 1, 1931 edition.

The Lincoln Model K was introduced in 1931 using a lengthened 145-inch wheelbase, replacing the 136-inch Model L. The longer chassis was well received by independent body designers. Among the body builders for the Lincoln was the famous LeBaron brand of New York, which is well-known for producing some of the most beautiful coachwork of the Classic Era and is seen on this car.

The November, 1930 issue of Autobody described the cars that would appear on the LeBaron Detroit stand at the upcoming Auto Salons: “The LeBaron exhibit will be noteworthy for its examples of convertible bodies of quite different aspects, as well as its formal coachwork.” Later in the article it is stated that “LeBaron will exhibit a cabriolet-type town car, with V-type windshield and all-weather front, on Lincoln chassis. The Lincoln town car is distinctly formal in appearance; the molding treatment is simple, the bonnet molding tapering on the cowl to a medium width belt and being swept at the rear quarter to a narrow encircling molding at the back. A distinguishing feature is the "rolled" window reveals giving an unobtrusive but new effect. The passenger compartment seats five passengers, two of whom are on side- and back-facing auxiliary seats.”

The Model K was powered by a 385 cubic inch L-head V-8 engine producing 120 horsepower at 2,900 rpm and a sliding gear, three forward speeds and reverse transmission. Nineteen thirty-one would see the introduction of the first two-barrel downdraft carburetor and freewheeling transmission. Reliable sources show that Lincoln produced a total of approximately 3,500 cars from 23 styles in 1931; this is the Model 217A Model K, of which LeBaron produced only 21 examples.

This machine was more than merely a luxurious means of transportation, this valued possession stands as an indication to good taste that is inherent and discriminating. This Lincoln has many desirable traits of original appearance and features that include a subtle, yet beautifully styled vee’d windshield with tilt-out venting. This LeBaron Model K is reported to be the only example from the 21 built which offered the round opera windows in the rear cabin. This is a highly original example that has been sympathetically restored as needed, while the interior remains in its original form.

Additionally the Lincoln has dual side-mount spares, greyhound mascot, luggage rack with trunk, wire wheels, spare tire covers, dual rear view mirrors, divider window, cabin heater, Trippe lights, cowllights, and stylish interior wood trim elements. Recognized by the Classic Car Club of America as a Full Classic, the Lincoln is eligible for their CARavans and show events.

Acclaimed since new; the 1931 Lincoln Model K was beautifully handcrafted by men closely chosen for their work to allow the car to serve you with lasting satisfaction. It was born of the moment and presented to last for many years.


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