1939 Lincoln Model K convertible sedan, part of the 1935-1940 Lincoln Model K line of collectible cars
1939 Lincoln Model K convertible sedan

The 1935-1940 Lincoln Model K was the the senior Lincoln of the late '30s following the advent of the medium-price Zephyr for 1936. All had the K designation and the 414-cid V-12 introduced with the 1934 KA/KB. It was still very costly, so production dwindled as the lean years wore on -- as it did for multi-cylinder Packards and Cadillacs.

Special-order only 1940 models were built on the 1939 chassis. One of these was the famous 160-inch-wheelbase "Sunshine Special" parade car of Presidents Roosevelt and Truman, which now resides at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.

This was officially replaced for '41 by a long-wheelbase Lincoln Custom based on a much-modified Zephyr structure, chassis, and running gear.­

Pluses of the 1935-1940 Lincoln Model K:

  • Quality
  • Performance
  • The poor man's K, available at much more down to earth prices
  • CCCA Classic status

Minuses of the 1935-1940 Lincoln Model K:

  • Prices likewise reflect the move from four-square styling to streamlining, not handled particularly well compared to, say, Packard or Cadillac
  • High running costs

Production of the 1935-1940 Lincoln Model K:

  • 1935: 1,434
  • 1936: 1,013
  • 1937: 977
  • 1938: 416
  • 1939: 133
  • 1940: NA

Specifications of the 1935-1940 Lincoln Model K:
Wheelbase, inches:
136.0/145.0
Length, inches:
Variable
Weight, pounds:
5,030-6,300Price, new: $4,200-$7,400

Engines for the 1935-1940 Lincoln Model K:

Type Size Horsepower Years
sv V-12414.0 cid 150
1935-1940

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