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1933 Cadillac 355C Five-Passenger Town Sedan

Sold For $39,600

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 6 - 7 OCTOBER 2011

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115 bhp, 353 cu. in. L-head V-8, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 140"

- Less than 45,000 original miles

- Very well preserved

- Low Depression-era production numbers

In many ways, 1933 represented the best of times and the worst of times for Cadillac. On the one hand, its evolutionary styling appeared fresh and new, but on the other, sales bottomed out for the worst year in the Depression. There was nowhere to go but up, and the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair titled “A Century Of Progress” was one of the places where automotive manufacturers had a chance to display their wares. New was Fisher No-Draft ventilation, soon to sweep the industry. There were sixteen body styles on two wheelbases, and the Style #252 Five-Passenger Town Sedan with blind rear quarters was one of the more exclusive-looking offerings by Fisher Body.

This 1933 355C has approximately 44,000 original miles and wears handsome five-passenger sedan coachwork. The car is an incredibly well-preserved original car; it appears to have had no restoration work and yet maintains a very presentable appearance. The original black paint is polished through in a few spots but still maintains a good shine, and the tan cord interior has survived amazingly well aside from a few minor stains. The car has nice ornate woodwork in the passenger compartment, including an exquisite wood dashboard and gorgeous inlaid ashtrays still with their original cigarette lighters. It is nicely appointed with the latest options of the day including wire spoke wheels, dual side-mounted spare tires with full painted metal covers and Cadillac script mirrors and dual Klaxon horns. Under the hood the engine compartment is original in presentation and, while functional, would also serve as a very solid reference for how these cars were assembled from the factory. This 1933 Cadillac is a sound candidate for future preservation and would be a welcome entrant at concours events around the country. Of course, the new owner has the opportunity to tour this example as a preservation entrant and then treat it to a full concours restoration and make the show rounds once again.

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