Pick of the Day is a full classic: 1932 Lincoln KB

Car also carries limousine coachwork by Willoughby

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1932 Lincoln KB
This 1932 Lincoln KB has limousine coachwork by Willoughby

So, you’re ready to venture into the world of what the Classic Car Club of America calls full classics? The Pick of the Day is a 1932 Lincoln KB that appears to be a turnkey — and 5-figure — way to step up to the higher echelons of the collector car hobby.

Being advertised by a private seller in St. Louis, Missouri, is this Lincoln KB with coachwork by Willoughby. 

“This car has a 448 cid V12, producing 150hp,” the seller points out. “These engines were hand made to order and are Mill/Fork-and-Blade connecting rods. Lincoln touted this engine to propel the car at speeds above 100 mph. This made the Lincoln V12 one of the most powerful power plants of it’s time.”

Not only that, but “This Lincoln has a Willoughby body that was hand made to order. The Willoughby craftmanship is unsurpassed by no one in its time. This car has amenities that were only for the elite.”

The seller offers a list of features: “Microphone to speak with driver, switched interior lighting, cigarette station with lighter, makeup station, buzzer for driver, retractable foot rest, shaded sun visors, dual horn, heater, retractable shades on all rear windows, fold-down jump seats with nickel plated arm rest, thermostat lurers on engine cover, power/mechanical brakes, dual side mount spare tires, Dual side mirrors, glass divider windows, leather front seat, cloth rear seats, and all real wood trim throughout.”

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The seller reports that only 56 Willoughby limousine bodies were produced, and that such cars sold new for $5,905, a grand more than those by LeBaron and about 10 times the price of atypical new car in the early 1930s.

Willoughby and Co. was established in Utica, New York, in 1903, and prepared several cars for American presidents (Coolidge and Hoover), as well as for boxer Joe Louis. 

The seller adds that this Lincoln was purchased by “a man in the New York area” in the 1970s and in 2000, that owner put the car through a complete restoration, spending more than $250,000.

After that work was completed, the car “was a national show winner.”

“This car is the real deal. Pictures do not do it justice. I would say it is a high 9 out of 10 and to get it to a 10 would not take much work. All the chrome on this car is spotless/paint is near flawless. The vinyl top is flawless. The original makeup and cigarette case are in the car with the original perfume jars.

“The drive train is perfect,” the seller adds. 

“I have owned this car since May 2017, and it has been a pleasure. I am now selling it to move on to other hobbies.”

The asking price for such a classic Lincoln? $97,000. To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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