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The history of Mr. Lincoln
By George Potter
The Leyland Lincoln motorcar was first manufactured in 1920 and by 1922 was in bankruptcy. The Ford Motor Car Company, who was looking for a luxury automobile to add to its line of autos, purchased the Lincoln Motor Company out of Bankruptcy and began manufacturing them.
Our Mr. Lincoln is a 1932 Lincoln Victoria, model 506 KA. It is equipped with a Leyland designed, 384 cubic inch, V8 engine that was rated at 125 HP. By 1932 Lincoln started using V12 engines and 1932 would be the last year for V8 engine until in the late forties.
The Leyland V8 engine used a very strong but complicated fork and knife design for the rods. It had one of the first down draft carburetors, unfortunately a very poorly designed one, which was abandoned after one year along with the V8 engine.
Some of the features were one-shot lubrication, freewheeling, and vacuum boost mechanical brakes that really work.
There were 265 Lincoln KA Victoria’s manufactured with only 7 known today. This car was out of service in 1947 showing only 19,350 miles on the odometer. It in 1982 Mr. Bill McBee purchased the car and started a ground up restoration. It was invited to Pebble beach and won a respectable second in division in 1990.
I first saw the Lincoln stored in the back corner of Larry Douroux’s shop in 2002. I could not resist and after a bit of negations with Bill the Lincoln was mine….
Our first tour in Mr. Lincoln was the Northern California CCCA– Ventura to Carmel tour - last spring. Mr. Lincoln ran like a champ. It was a fun trip, with Sylvia and Aloma there was never a dull moment. I never quite figured out how those two ladies were able to pack 9 days luggage, and then add 9 more days of shopping in that car. One could say we were a little cramped.
Then in September last year we took it on the Oregon CCCA’s fall Mini Tour to Tahoe North Shore. Of course that was another fun packed tour in which Mr. Lincoln ran like a top all the way.
It’s a real fun-driving car with lots of power, and drives at 55 to 60 mph with ease and braking is good. It is a nice all around driver.
All and all I am happy that Mr. Lincoln found his way to the Potters garage.
By Rodger Eddy
Haven’t we all had a memorable experience in the back seat of a vintage sedan?
Put aside those romantic memories for a moment, because I’m talking about the queasy feeling in the stomach as Dad and Mom up front were enjoying the lurching ride while the offspring in back suffered. At that young age we took for granted the panorama of berry fields, forests, cascading rivers, and red rock cliffs, not realizing that Oregon's abundant beauty is unique.We are blessed that much of that childhood scenery so ingrained in us still exists today, even in the bustling Willamette Valley, the Western
World’s Garden of Eden that drew our ancestors westward. And we are also blessed that many of the dependable old cars from childhood eras are still here to be enjoyed. A dramatic view on one of our tours
provides not just a beneficial moment, but can evoke memories of earlier times.
Please take the time and effort to get the old car rolling, and join your close friends in car clubs who share your respect for the past and for our heritage. Our tours this summer are varied, but each promises the fabric for today's enjoyment woven with perpetual threads of life.
Take a trip back through time.
This wonderful book is available through the Classic Car Club of America
Classic Car Club of America is a non-profit organization chartered in the State of New York for the development, publication and interchange of technical, historical and other information for and among members and other persons who own or are interested in fine or unusual foreign or domestic motor cars built between and including the years 1925 through 1948, but including cars built before 1925 that are virtually identical to 1925 Full ClassicsTM and distinguished for the respective fine design, high engineering standards and superior workmanship, and to maintain references upon and encourage the maintenance restoration and preservation for all such Classic Cars.
The purposes for which a Region is chartered by the National Club are: The furthering of the ideas and ideals reflected by the By-Laws of the National Club in a specific Regional area and to provide Regional activities for the National members in this area.