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Coachwork by LeBaron
Private Collection, Iowa (acquired by 1948)Find Christiansen, Ontario, Canada (acquired from the above 2003)David Kane, Bernardsville, New Jersey (acquired from the above circa 2006)Current Owner (acquired from the above in 2011)
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, Pebble Beach, California, August 2013 (Third in Class)
While the origin of the Lincoln motorcar can be traced to Henry M. Leland, Henry Ford’s son, Edsel, is credited with the marque’s evolution into one of the great American nameplates. Fostering long relationships with the finest coachbuilding firms of the day, the superior Lincoln mechanicals were mated to attractive custom bodies resulting in some of the most coveted classics ever produced. This 1935 Lincoln Model K fitted with convertible coupe coachwork by LeBaron is one such example.
Mechanical improvements to the 1935 Lincoln included a new camshaft for the V-12 engine and redesigned exhaust system, both contributing to quieter operation. Softer front springs and a rear stabilizer bar improved driving quality, and the 136" wheelbase made for a maneuverable package. In this example, the refined chassis was complemented by LeBaron Type 542 custom coachwork. Lincoln authorities state just 30 of these convertible coupes were produced and that this car is believed to be body no. 1.
This rare and sporting convertible coupe was stored in a barn in Iowa from 1948 to 2003. Upon discovery, the Lincoln was purchased with 10,163 miles and 1948 registration decals by Find Christiansen of Ontario, Canada, who added it to his collection of a dozen classic cars. The car was then sold to collector David Kane of Bernardsville, New Jersey, in about 2006. The consignor acquired the car in 2011 and commissioned a complete restoration by the respected Stone Barn Automobile Restoration of Vienna, New Jersey. The engine rebuild was entrusted to a Lincoln expert, the renowned Ernie Foster.
Finished in a pleasing light green metallic, complemented by a tan leather interior, the car conveys a sprightly elegance. Painted wire wheels and whitewall tires complete the look, and metal side-mount covers integrate beautifully with the custom coachwork. The convertible top mechanism folds flush with the body, providing a sporting profile for alfresco motoring, and touring companions can enjoy the comfort of the rumble seat.
Lincoln was the featured marque at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, ideal timing for this freshly restored example to make its long-awaited debut. This car emerged with a class award, and its roadworthiness was proven with successful completion of the 70-mile Tour d’Elegance.
Since taking an award at Pebble Beach, the Convertible Coupe has remained in a respected private collection in California and exercised monthly to maintain mechanical order. With just four of these 1935 LeBaron convertible coupes listed between both the Lincoln Owners Club and the Classic Car Club of America, the opportunity to acquire one is rare, and even more significant considering this is a long-sequestered, 10,000-mile car turned concours award winner.