1931 LaSalle 345A Seven-Passenger Touring by Fleetwood
Sold For $77,000Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
RM | Auctions - MOTOR CITY 25 JULY 2015 - The Howard & Norma Weaver Collection
- Offered from the collection of Howard and Norma Weaver
- Rare Fleetwood-built bodywork
- CCCA Full Classic
Body Style 4657. 95 bhp, 353 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front and live rear axles with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 134 in.
The 1931 model year saw Cadillac’s “junior marque,” the LaSalle, being offered in 12 body styles, of which five prestigious styles were produced by Fleetwood, the same GM shop that bodied V-16 Cadillacs. Among the rarest variations was the Fleetwood Seven-Passenger Touring, style number 4657, of which fewer than a dozen are believed to survive.
The car offered here is thought to have had its Fleetwood body installed later in life; that said, the body has its original Fleetwood tag, script doorsills, and body numbers, and it appears to be a correct and original unit. It was restored some years ago in a striking combination of orchid hues, including dark purple bodywork striped in soft blush rose, with a matching chassis and wheels with stainless-steel spokes. Panel fit is very good throughout, and the paint shows wear in only the usual wear areas. The gray and maroon leather interior remains in very good condition, as does the Haartz cloth top. Abundant accessories include Pilot Ray driving lights, a rear-mounted luggage rack, dual side-mounted spares with metal covers and mirrors, a Goddess radiator mascot, wind wings, and whitewall tires.
With only about 540 miles since its restoration, the LaSalle has been only gently driven, shown, and maintained since its completion. It has appeared at the Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance and was reportedly pictured in the July 2008 issue of Cars & Parts magazine. In addition, the model is recognized as a Full Classic by the Classic Car Club of America.
This is an unusual, elegant, and rare LaSalle, instantly familiar due to its distinctive livery and quality presentation.