- KA was an economy model offered by Lincoln during the Depression.
- It had vacuum boosted brakes, free-wheeling transmission and thermostatically controlled radiator shutters.
Lincoln introduced its first Model K cars in 1931 and followed them in 1932 with a Series KA and KB. The KB was a typical luxury Lincoln, big and powerful. In the KA, for the first time, Lincoln produced an “economy” model, smaller in size and horsepower. Although the Depression brought on heavy competition in the luxury-class market, the KA was offered as a gesture to the hard times.
Technically, the KA was anything but “economy.” The brakes were vacuum boosted, the transmission provided free-wheeling in all three forward speeds and the radiator shutters were thermostatically controlled. 1932 was the last production year for the Lincoln V-8; after eleven years the engine wasn’t as smooth as its eight-cylinder contemporaries.
Lincoln KA bodies were primarily production versions, by both Lincoln and Murray, and were more simply furnished and designed than the KB models. Only 921 five-passenger KA sedans were manufactured, but this was a third more than all five-passenger KB sedans produced. Luxury for less wasn’t such a bad idea after all.