Lot 254

Hershey 2023

1936 Cadillac Series 85 V-12 Convertible Sedan by Fleetwood


$96,250 USD | Sold

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  • One of only 651 Series 85 sold
  • Attractive body style in charming condition
  • Documented by a copy of its build sheet
  • Recognized as a CCCA Full Classic
Addendum: Please note the title for this lot is in transit. A 4-6 week delay is expected.

Cadillac was the only manufacturer to offer a trio of multi-cylinder engines during the Classic Era: V-8, V-12, and V-16. The V-12 occupied a happy medium between the two, offering smooth power at a slightly lower cost than the mighty “Sixteen,” and sharing many of the same attractive body styles by Fisher and Fleetwood.

In 1936 the twelve-cylinder models were offered on two lengths of wheelbase, the 131-inch Series 80 and the 136-inch Series 85. Both were equipped with hydraulic brakes, a significant engineering improvement over earlier models, while better tuning increased the engine’s performance to a robust 150 horsepower at 3,600 rpm. The result was a capable automobile that was modern-feeling and a real pleasure to drive at highway speeds. Yet the lingering effect of the Great Depression ensured that the “Twelve” would continue to remain a rarity; only 651 of the Series 85s were sold.

The Series 85 Convertible Sedan offered here is documented by its build sheet, a copy of which is included in the history file, as having been born in this body style. It was originally shipped to the Cadillac Automobile Company of Boston, but at the request of a waiting buyer in New York was diverted to that city for final sale. It formerly resided for some twenty years in the ownership of well-known Classic Car Club of America members John and LeAnn Farrell. Under prior ownership it was restored in its present livery, black with a rich red interior and beige cloth top, which adds a dignified, elegant touch to its lines. The restoration shows some patina throughout but to a charming degree and is still in attractive overall condition. A division window permits the car to be used as a limousine when the top is raised, which would be a wonderful choice for any number of parties or tours that the new owner can undertake.

A V-12 Cadillac is a marvelous, eminently enjoyable automobile, and this example has much to offer its new owner on the open road in the months to come—both in beauty and in performance.