1931 Cadillac V-12 Town Sedan by Fisher

Sold For $49,500

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 2017

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  • Formerly part of the famous Imperial Palace collection
  • Fully restored with much work by marque specialist Bob Lorkowski
  • Elegant presentation in wonderful colors
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
The year 1931 is considered by many as the apogee of Cadillacs of the Classic Era. The GM division introduced a new V-12 series to fill the gap between the V-8 and the V-16. The new V-12s sold surprisingly well, but at the expense of the larger V-16. The V-8 Cadillacs arrived in dealers’ showrooms in September, with V-12s arriving one month later. Both were catalogued in a choice of 12 Fisher-bodied models, as well as 10 semi-custom Fleetwood-bodied models. A V-12 Roadster, piloted by Cadillac’s test chief, Willard Radar, paced the Indianapolis 500 race in the Memorial Day Classic.

The beautiful Cadillac offered here was once part of the Imperial Palace Collection in Las Vegas. Equipped with a 1934 engine, it was sold in 1991 and then underwent a full restoration some years later, after which it was prominently pictured on pages 10–11 of the book Vintage and Classic Auto Images: 70 Years of Car Design Evolution by Tom Brewitz. In May 2004, the Cadillac was purchased by a noted Midwestern collector who began an exhaustive, four-year-long, body-off restoration to original condition, with the goal of correcting numerous small errors. Much of the work was performed by Bob Lorkowski, of L’CARS Automotive Specialties in Cameron, Wisconsin, which has numerous national award winners to its credit.

Completed in October 2010, this CCCA Full Classic includes a restored, original Cadillac accessory trunk and folding rack, and it is equipped with Senior Trippe driving lights. A previous owner described the V-12 engine as being “flawless, and it runs and drives exceedingly well.”

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