Hershey | Lot 183
1937 Cadillac Twelve Formal Sedan by Fleetwood
$52,000 USD | Sold
| Hershey, Pennsylvania
11 October 2012
Style 37-7509F. 150 bhp, 368 cu. in. overhead valve V-12 engine, three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission, independent front suspension with semi-floating rear axle and semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 138 in.
• Believed to be the only twelve-cylinder fastback formal sedan produced
• Used by the Munster family in the first season of the TV series
• CCCA Award winner
This lovely twelve-cylinder formal sedan was ordered in early October of 1937, by a Doctor Thompson, of Glendale, California. It was delivered through the famed Don Lee Cadillac distributorship in Los Angeles. Of the 43 V-12 chassis with divider window coachwork, only 11 of those examples were of the Style 37-7509F variety. The “F” at the end of the style designation refers to Formal, referring to the padded leather top. It is believed that of those examples, 10 were the so-called humpback style with a bustle-back rear end, leaving this as the only fastback example built.
By 1964, the car was in the hands of noted West Coast collector and television writer Bob Mosher, who was so enthralled with the car that he immediately wrote it into several episodes of the hit television series The Munsters. It was the star of an episode entitled "The Midnight Ride of Herman Munster" and can clearly be seen in the episode numerous times, with its original interior, paint, and trim. It is seen today exactly as ordered, save for minor changes, such as the location of the mirrors, which were made for ease of filming, and it was repainted shortly thereafter.
Today, the Cadillac retains its original coachwork, engine, chassis, transmission, and interior. It has travelled only 47,600 miles since new and, combined with its long-term care by a series of collectors, it presents in an outstanding state of preservation. In 1968, it was awarded Senior Badge Number 412 at the CCCA Texas Grand Classic. It appeared at the Amelia Island Concours in 2008, and it also participated in the CARavan that year. Included in the car file is a copy of the original build sheet, correspondence from several different owners, stills from the episodes featuring the car, season one of The Munsters on DVD, a full service manual, and its original tool roll.