Auburn Fall | Lot 2107

1931 Cadillac V-8

$169,400 USD | Sold

United States | Auburn, Indiana

1 September 2017

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  • 95 hp, 353 cu. in. V-8 engine
  • Fully-synchronized, three-speed manual transmission
  • Fleetwood coachwork with rumble seat
  • Dual sidemount spare tires
  • Includes numerous books and manuals

Despite the ravages that the Great Depression had played on the American economy, the luxury car market was still going strong in 1931 as this car, the 1931 Cadillac V-8 Roadster by Fleetwood, proves. Recognizing the economic struggles of the period, Harley Earl and his Art and Colour Department of General Motors, worked to bring styling cues from the incredible V-16 and V-12 flagship automobiles to the lower-priced V-8 market. The end result of this groundbreaking stylistic amalgamation would ultimately vault Cadillac to the heights of the American automobile industry.

With easy power from the 353 cubic inch V-8, a smooth shifting fully-synchronized three speed transmission and vacuum assisted cable brakes, the Series 355A roadster was an ideal touring car for those of means. The sumptuous Style 4502 bodywork by Fleetwood made the car a masterpiece. Harley Earl was a true genius and the fact that this car still wows modern observers is a testament to his true mastery of automotive design.

The car offered here is fully restored and features a handsome two-tone silver over black livery. The contrast between the stunning black leather upholstery and the many chromed interior elements, including the sunburst dash, makes for a visually enthralling interior. Dual side mount spare tires, Cadillac accessory rear trunk, rumble seat, radiator guard, the short-lived Cadillac Heron mascot, chromed wire wheels and wide whitewall tires all add to the already-heightened sense of luxury and comfort for which Cadillac is renowned. Included with the sale are numerous manuals, schematics and books.

Featuring one of the most desirable of all the Fleetwood open bodies and the sophisticated yet simple V-8, this beautifully appointed and dramatic car is sure to attract plenty of attention whether on the show field or on a classic driving tour.

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