1931 Cadillac Series 355 (V8) A Roadster SOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $120,000 - $140,000
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE

$154,000 Sold

120bhp, 353 cu. in. L-head V8 engine, three-speed manual transmission with reverse, front and rear semi- elliptical leaf springs and four-wheel vacuum assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 134"

By 1931, Cadillac had become the leading manufacturer in America when it came to well-priced and stylish cars. This advantageous position in the market could largely be credited to the Creative Art and Color Department headed by Harley Earl that was established in 1927.

During what would amount to be a 15-year tenure of styling and engineering leadership, Cadillac climbed to the top of the fine car market. This ascent was facilitated by an unparalleled ease of operation, made possible by a wide network of dealers. This in turn, would further elevate Cadillac ’ s reputation as a leader in the industry, which added credibility to the classic Cadillac slogan: “ Standard of the World. ”

It is, perhaps, ironic that one of the greatest eras of motor cars came in a time that America was arguably going through its greatest hardship – post 1929 Wall Street crash. It could even be deemed ludicrous that during the Depression years Cadillac strategically decided to move from being a producer of mid-priced cars to a manufacturer of luxury cars, with the V16.

Nonetheless, it was the V8 cars that carried the flag for Cadillac across America. For 1931, subtle styling changes increased their resemblance to the big sixteen, including hood vent doors that replaced louvers, and a pleasing swept coach sill. One of the sportiest and most desirable bodies of all was the two-passenger Roadster offered here.

The 1931 Cadillac 355-A V8 Fleetwood Roadster sports an exceptionally fresh nut and bolt, $200,000, body-off restoration. With virtually zero miles registered since the restoration, the red and black Cadillac is simply outstanding in every regard. The interior is very nicely appointed and provides its occupants with a rewarding visual and sensory experience, as only the finest materials were used. The handsome cloth top and all the side curtains are in very presentable overall order as well. This Roadster is complete with dual side mounts, stainless spoke wheels, wide whitewalls, a set of Pilot Ray lights, a golf club door, a rumble seat and a full luggage rack.

From the estate of well-known CCCA member and collector Jack Finden, this original Kansas City car is guaranteed to be one of the best examples extant. When seated behind the wheel you will discover that not only does this styling roadster drive perfectly, but it also cruises along with the finesse and flare only a classic Cadillac can provide.

Reference Number 5841

as of 1/10/2007

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Car 1931 Cadillac Series 355 (V8) A Roadster
VIN 803983 
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