$46,750 USD | Sold
| Hershey, Pennsylvania
- A beautifully presented example of Cadillac’s mid-range luxury model
- Restored to a high standard prior to 2014
- Formerly part of the Bill Munday Auto Collection
- Recognized as a CCCA Full Classic
By 1936, the United States automotive industry was beginning to rebound from the depths of the Great Depression. However, many American buyers, even those of considerable means, were still looking for a less expensive, yet still high quality, automobile from luxury automakers such as Cadillac. To meet this demand, the big news for Cadillac’s 1936 offerings was the introduction of a medium-priced automobile known as the Series 75. Designed to compete alongside companion brand LaSalle against the new Packard 120, the Series 75 offerings enabled buyers to purchase full-size, long-wheelbase luxury cars without paying the premium demanded for the premier Fleetwood-bodied Series 80 and 85 V-12 models and its Series 90 V-16s.
The new Cadillac 1936 models saw the introduction of a redesigned front-end treatment with a ''Convex Vee'' grille and a more pronounced V-shaped windshield. Down the sides of the 1936 Cadillacs another big change occurred to the doors, with most of the doors becoming front-hinged, replacing the older-style ‘’suicide doors.’’ At the rear, the 1936 Cadillacs saw wider availability of the bustle-back style trunk area, which was also considered at the time as a more modern design. Overall, automobiles were beautifully designed and constructed, and more than 5,000 were built and sold.
The excellent example offered here was delivered new to a Mr. M.T. Crawford of Somerset, Kentucky from Dixie McKinley Cadillac in Lexington, Kentucky. Original correspondence from the Somerset family, the dealership, and General Motors is included in the sale. Though the intervening history is not documented, the car was restored to a high standard and by 2010 it had found its way to the notable Bill Munday Auto Collection in Texas, a well-known assemblage of fine prewar classics, before finding long-term enthusiast ownership in 2014.
Powered by a 346 cubic-inch V-8 engine rated at 145 horsepower and backed by a three-speed transmission, the car is said to have been recently tuned. It is believed to retain its original body panels and currently wears superb maroon paint, a stunning backdrop for the polished brightwork. Inside, the newer tan wool upholstery and carpets provide a pleasing contrast to the color scheme. An AM radio, clock, and rear jump seats complete the highly pleasing package.
Showing extremely well and dutifully maintained, this Cadillac Series 75 is fully ready to be enjoyed on the show field or at any of the nation’s premier touring events.