Tuesday, December 27, 2016

1937 Lincoln K Convertible Victoria By Brunn

1937 Lincoln K Convertible Victoria by Brunn; image courtesy of Jerry Beard
Since its inception by Henry Leland in 1921, the Lincoln Motor Car Company made a commitment to its target customer base: Their cars would offer the finest mechanical designs, interior accoutrements and exterior styling. Of the three, styling was accomplished thanks to the efforts of several coachbuilders; among them, Brunn & Company based in Buffalo, New York. Although Lincoln’s initial output was received as somewhat dowdy, the automaker and its associates quickly adopted corrective measures for the 1922 models, coincidentally the same year in which Ford Motor Company purchased Lincoln. Even after Leland’s rapid post-purchase departure, Lincoln and Brunn would become synonymous with elegant styling in the ensuing years, often rivaling other makes within the luxury car field during the late Twenties and much of the Thirties. Just one example of their collective effort is the 1937 Lincoln K Convertible Victoria pictured above.
Considered a Full Classic by the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) today, Brunn bodied only a dozen Model 358 five-passenger Convertible Victorias during the year, all secured to Lincoln’s 136-inch wheelbase K chassis, fully equipped with the division’s legendary 414.1-cu.in. V-12 engine. Unusually uncluttered by side-mounted spare wheels/tires, the elegant aluminum-over-wooden frame body (aft of the firewall) also featured a top unique to the model year. Weighing in excess of 5,300 pounds, their list price was roughly $5,500.
Scheduled to appear at the 10th annual Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance, this example – formerly featured in Hemmings Classic Car issue #125, February 2015, and owned by New York’s Jerry Beard – happens to be the first example of Brunn’s classic Convertible Victoria design, and is one of only four known extant. It will be accompanied by several other pillars of the Full Classic era of automotive styling at the Concours, including but not limited to, Bentley, Packard, Pierce-Arrow and – as of this writing – Studebaker. The Full Classic Class – featuring cars recognized by the CCCA as such – will be one of 14 classes that will grace this year’s show field.
The Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance is presented by Gullwing Motor Cars, in conjunction with supporting sponsors McCollister’s Transportation, Restoration & Performance Motorcars, Restoration Parts Unlimited Inc., Stewart-Warner Genuine Parts, Magic Creeper, Colonel Crawford Eagles All-Sports Booster Club, the New England Auto Auction, Coker Tire, Car Dolly, and Microbead Car Covers. HMN and our partner, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, are proud to welcome the Prestige Family of fine cars as our hospitality sponsor.
The Concours d’Elegance will be held on Sunday, September 25, in the picturesque Saratoga Spa State Park in Saratoga Springs, New York. The automotive gala will be preceded by the Hemmings Rally to Lake George on Friday, September 23, accompanied by Lia Infiniti’s Test Drive Event. Concluding the day’s activities will be the catered unveiling of the 2017 Infiniti Q60 and QX30 at the Saratoga Automobile Museum from 7-9pm. Saturday opens with the Hemmings Cruise-In Spectacular followed by the Concours evening banquet, the latter headlined by a keynote address from this year’s Honorary Chairman, automotive legend Lee Holman. Joining us throughout the weekend will be Porsche, Tesla and Prestige, each offering test drive/test ride opportunities, while Ed Lucas will once again be our Master of Ceremonies throughout the three-day affair.
Although several classes have been filled to capacity already, we are still accepting vehicles for consideration (refer to the list of classes on our event page). If you would like to have your vehicle considered for this year’s Concours, please send full contact information, photos and a brief write-up about it to Hemmings Motor News Concours, Attn: Matthew Litwin, 222 Main Street, Bennington, Vermont, 05201, or by email at concours@hemmings.com.
For more information about the 10th Annual Hemmings Motor News Concours d’Elegance presented by Gullwing Motor Cars, including tickets and accommodations, visit Hemmings.com/Events/Concours. A portion of the Concours proceeds goes directly towards the Saratoga Automobile Museum’s educational programs focused on safety and distracted driving awareness. To learn more, visit SaratogaAutoMuseum.org.

Source: hemmings.com