During the Great Depression contracts for new bodies were few. However, the Depression had not yet impacted the luxury car business and during 1932 Murray received new orders from Lincoln.
Murray and Ford once helped designer Ray Dietrich to establish his own 'Dietrich Inc.' in which Murray invested 150,000.- USD. Unfortunately Dietrich Inc.'s business took a turn for the worse at the beginning of 1929, and when Black Friday rolled around on October, 28th, Dietrich Inc. was in trouble. Dietrich was overruled by Murray's president, Clarence W. Avery, and was forced to resign the presidency of his own firm in 1930. L. Clayton Hill, Murray's assistant sales manager, was put in charge of Dietrich Inc. and most of the firm's skilled craftsmen were let go. Dietrich Inc.'s facility was returned to Ford, and its manufacturing was transferred to surplus space in one of the Murray plants where identical bodies - some bearing the Dietrich badge, and some not - were built for Packard, Lincoln and Chrysler. The Dietrich badge was reserved for Murray's upscale convertible sedans and Victorias.
The Roadsters in this gallery are such Dietrich-designed cars without the Dietrich badge. Only 85 examples of this Lincoln KA V12 were built with this attractive, compact Roadster coachwork by Murray.
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