Auburn Fall

Auction Park
30 August - 2 September 2018
Lot 3101

1938 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Coupe by Fleetwood


$200,000 USD | Sold

United States | Auburn, Indiana



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  • An authentic V-16 convertible coupe with original chassis, engine, and body
  • One of only 10 examples produced in 1938
  • Formerly owned by well-known enthusiasts George Holman and Rick Carroll
  • Originally delivered in Rochester, New York
  • 185-hp, 431-cu. in. L-head V-16 engine and three-speed manual transmission
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic

The car offered here, engine no. 5270250, was one of a mere 10 convertible coupes built on the Cadillac V-16 chassis in 1938. Its original build sheet, a copy of which is on file, notes that it was originally painted Moleskin Gray, a color code that matches the paint code (no. 6) shown on the original Fleetwood firewall tag. Originally the car was sold in Rochester, New York, but had made its way to Pennsylvania by the 1960s. It was found along the famous Pennsylvania Turnpike by early CCCA member Ted Johnson and was subsequently restored for him by the well-known George Holman of Massachusetts.

Refinished some time ago in an attractive bright red, the car shows typical minor wear from age and use, including extensive paint checking on the rear of the body; the chrome is older but presentable. The brown leather interior shows wear around the edges from passengers’ arms but is intact and in overall good condition, requiring only a detailing. The wood-grain on the dashboard is absolutely beautiful, and the varnish on the wooden door caps has a rich shine. Under the hood, the engine bay is clean and presentable, as is the underside of the car.

An ideal car for CCCA CARavans or local shows, this is one of the rarest of the late V-16s and promises its new owner a wealth of enjoyment on the open road.