Lot Number

1917 Cadillac Type 55 Opera Coupe

Sold For $55,000

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 11 - 12 OCTOBER 2018

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  • Rare body style with removable body pillars
  • Originally delivered to Toronto, Ontario
  • Well-preserved older restoration

According to Cadillac archives, this 1917 Model 55 was originally delivered to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to a Mrs. Hyslop, whose husband was one of the partners in Hyslop Bros., the first Cadillac and Oldsmobile distributorship in Ontario. It wears its older restoration well, with the Cadillac Blue main body subtly offset by black fenders and black leather topping. Panel fit and paint finish quality is excellent and in keeping with the original high level of build quality these cars were famous for. It rides on a set of wooden spoke artillery wheels wrapped in blackwall tires; a rear-mounted spare wheel keeps the body lines clean and uncluttered while adding visual length. The nickel detailing is in excellent order and provides a touch of bright flash.

Rather interestingly, the driver sits alone up front with accommodations for two passengers on the rear bench seat. A folding jump seat sits in the front footwell for the occasional fourth occupant inside, while a leather-trimmed rumble seat is reserved for two additional very occasional passengers. The “Fat Man Wheel” folds out of the way to allow the gentleman of ample girth to climb aboard without the possibility of embarrassing himself in front of female companions. Seats, interior panels, and door cards are all trimmed in period-correct Bedford cord to a high standard. Trim, carpets, and interior fittings are in excellent order throughout. Original instrumentation includes speedometer, fuel pressure gauge, and ammeter, while a Moto-Meter atop the radiator keeps watch on engine temps.

This is a handsome example in an unusual body style, ripe for the picking.

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