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Hershey | Lot 411

1935 Cadillac V-12 Two-Passenger Coupe by Fleetwood

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$203,500 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania

12 October 2018


Engine No.
Body No.
4100743
23
  • Offered from a prominent private collection
  • Formerly of the noted Thomas Cadillac Collection
  • One of just two known surviving examples of a beautiful design
  • Offered with a copy of its original build sheet
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
Addendum: Please note that this title is in transit.

The coupe offered here is one of only two known survivors of this design, style number 5776, on Cadillac’s impressive 146-inch-wheelbase 370A Twelve chassis. It is strictly a two-passenger car, with room for a snug couple within and a large trunk, a wonderful example of “Classic Era logic,” impressive in its vast scale and imposing proportions.

The car’s build sheet identifies it as having been originally delivered to the Cleveland branch, tagged for V.I.P. delivery directly to a “Mr. Prentis” with delivery promised by 31 December 1934. It was finished entirely in black, including the chassis, wheel discs, and apparently even the tires, with a Goddess mascot and antifreeze. Given the locale and the delivery directly to an owner, without a dealer, the original owner may well have been the Cleveland industrialist and philanthropist, Francis Fleury Prentiss, whose name was regularly alternatively spelled “Prentis.”

Revered California Cadillac dealer LaRue Thomas maintained the coupe in his famous private collection for many years, after which it was sold when the collection was dispersed in 1993. In 2007 it was acquired by well-known enthusiast David Kane as a nearly finished restoration, which he completed beautifully, including completing the paintwork and extensive mechanical rebuilding, including the generator, starter, water pump, and fuel pump. The mufflers and exhaust were properly installed, and the radiator cleaned and repaired, with new hoses and clamps.

The car was then sold to the current owners, with whom it has been well-maintained since in their wonderful collection. Presented beautifully in every regard, it remains one of the most dramatic Cadillacs of its era, and is sure to become a favorite in its next owner’s fleet of Full Classics.

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