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Lot Number
27
Body by Fleetwood
1931 Cadillac V-12 Seven-Passenger Dual Windshield Touring
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $175,000 - $225,000
CHASSIS NO: 1003757
• One of as few as 35 produced
• CCCA Full Classic® recognition
• Verified with copies of factory build sheet
• Very well-maintained with dashing presence
• Confirmed matching numbers example
• Ideal for touring and showing pleasure

Series 370-A 368 cid OHV V-12 engine, dual Cadillac/Johnson carburetor, 135 HP at 3,400 RPM, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, solid front and ¾-floating rear axles with semi-elliptic leaf springs, servo-assisted four-wheel mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 140"


Following General Motors’ stylistic revolution that began in 1927 with the hiring of Harley Earl and his establishment of the “Art and Colour” Department, the industrial giant’s Cadillac Motor Division soon redefined automotive design. Cadillac’s engineering prowess also reached a high-water mark with the company’s V-8 models joined by the V-16 for 1930 and the V-12 for 1931. In fact, no other automaker – on either side of the Atlantic – could lay claim to offering a full range of V-8, V-12, and V-16 model lines all at the same time. In 1931, while the nation may have been deep within the clutches of the widening Great Depression and sales of luxury cars were in freefall, Cadillac forged ahead in its quest to dominate the U.S. luxury-car market, and the new V-12 line was a key success factor in the plan. Renowned as one of the smoothest-running and silent engines ever produced, the Cadillac V-12 chassis was available in 140- and 143-inch wheelbase lengths. Internally designated Series 370-A, Cadillac’s V-12 line was introduced in September 1930, initially priced from $3,795 for 1931. Ten body styles were catalogued from Fisher and Fleetwood, supplemented by a vast array of custom bodies ranging from formal to downright sporting. Interiors for all V-12s were fitted by Fleetwood’s craftsmen.

This dashing 1931 Cadillac V-12 is a wonderful example and exceedingly rare as one of just 35 built for 1931 with Fleetwood’s sporting yet elegant Model 4757 Seven-Passenger, Dual Windshield bodywork on the commanding 140-inch wheelbase chassis. Copies of the factory Check Sheets accompany this very special V-12 at auction and document its original details, components, and equipment, including its Model 4757 body, numbered 17. Obviously intended for a special client which remains unknown at the time of cataloguing, this V-12 was invoiced via Cadillac’s internal Consignment Account and originally destined for Wabbett Motors, Inc., the Cadillac dealer in Rochester, New York, but subsequently diverted to New York City for delivery.

A previous full restoration was completed by Dale Sotzing and Dave Myers for a gentleman resident in Northern Ohio, with quality of workmanship readily apparent as the car is now offered and notwithstanding the passage of more than three decades. Since acquisition of this fine, first-year V-12 by the consignor, the wheels have been restored, fitted with new spokes, powder-coated for durability, mounted with new tires, and topped off with a set of new chrome plated center caps. Mechanical systems including the braking, cooling, and fuel systems were fully reconditioned, and the carburetors, starter, and water pump were rebuilt. The mighty V-12 engine is striking in presentation, with the exhaust manifolds refinished with new porcelain, and the engine bay was detailed. A new convertible top, supplemented by weather gear including front wind wings, side curtains, and a rear windshield, provide additional comfort on tours. Elegant and opulent doesn’t even begin to describe this outstanding automobile with its grand 140-inch wheelbase and elegant two-tone paint, accented by twin horns and Pilot Ray driving lights, a chrome grille guard, twin side-mounted spare tires with mirrors, and a matching factory luggage trunk. The interior compartment is consistent with the rest of the vehicle’s presentation, featuring high-quality brightwork, fine leather upholstery, and machine-turned plates found at both sides of the instrument cluster. Handsomely presented and ready to tour, show, and enjoy in equal measure, this rare 1931 Cadillac V-12 Seven-Passenger Touring enjoys CCCA Full Classic® recognition, retains matching numbers, and will provide a truly enjoyable experience and a welcome entrée into a wide array of shows and touring events anywhere you desire.

1931 Cadillac V-12 Seven-Passenger Dual Windshield Touring
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