1. 1934 Cadillac 355-D Two-Passenger Sport Coupe

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Lot Number
68
1934 Cadillac 355-D Two-Passenger Sport Coupe
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $160,000 - $190,000
CHASSIS NO: 3104761
• 1 of less than 10 examples known remaining today
• Factory features and options include rare AM radio
• Long-term, single-family ownership until 2008
• CCCA Full Classic®
• Striking design cues and correct exterior paint color
• An unqualified triumph of Harley Earl-era GM styling

Style No: 34678

355 cid L-head V-8 producing 120 HP, mechanical carburetor, three-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 136”


There is one model year in Cadillac’s long and rich history that raises the eyebrows and garners the focused attention of serious collectors and automotive curators everywhere; it is 1934. Representing an incredible design pinnacle for Cadillac and all of GM’s divisions, the 1934 Cadillacs marked a high-water mark for automotive styling at the trough of the Great Depression. Nonetheless, these Cadillacs were affordable to few and, consequently, relatively few of them were produced. Of the mere 2,729 Series 20 Cadillacs produced in 1934, it is estimated that less than 200 of them were cloaked in this truly handsome three-window, 2/4-passenger rumble seat configuration. As such, 1934, was a very special year for GM and for Cadillac, with many styling cues that were one-year only designs making that year, in the minds of many historians, perhaps the greatest from a design perspective alone.

Aside from aesthetics, there were many design and engineering changes for 1934 which resulted in a faster and a better-handling, and more functional Cadillac. For the first time, the entire chassis was concealed by the body, and improved body construction delivered better roadholding and a quieter ride. The windshield was slanted 18 degrees for better looks and aerodynamics, and an independent ‘Knee-Action’ front suspension layout was introduced, resulting in lighter weight and improved driving dynamics. These upgrades, combined with a new X-frame chassis, yielded a lower ride height with additional chassis strength. While Cadillac’s proven V-8 engine did not undergo major changes, select tweaks provided greater power with improved performance and reliability. A crowning touch for 1934 was the addition of striking biplane bumpers, breathtaking works of art that beautifully exemplified the Art Deco-inspired design language of 1934 at GM.

Offered here is what is believed to be one of less than 10 remaining Fisher-bodied 1934 Cadillac Series 20 2/4-Passenger Coupes. This car has been held in private hands in recent years and comes from a noted Northeastern collection. It was ordered new with rare options and accessories including dual side-mounted spare tires and “goddess” hood ornament, plus a factory Jaeger clock and side mount covers, and the factory-original Master AM radio and heater, making it a very highly optioned car for the time. While much of the car’s early history remains unknown, it is believed to have been owned for decades by the M. C. Baker family of Daleville, Indiana. In 1998, his widow inherited the car and she retained it for another 10 years. In January 2008, the car was sold by the family to the significant Panther City Collection of Fort Worth, Texas. It is immediately following this sale that the car is believed to have received a full restoration including new interior, paint, and full engine detailing. Following the restoration, the car was sold to another collector, who parked and often admired it. The car remains in virtual concours-worthy condition. In 2017, it was brought out and fully serviced with the engine out and detailed. The brakes, fuel, and electrical systems were all serviced and returned to the same functional condition as the rest of the car, with thousands spent in this careful recommissioning work. Since then, the Cadillac has been driven and sorted, continuing to stand ready for many concours events or enjoyment as originally intended as a reliable, long-distance classic touring vehicle. The 1934 model year was a landmark year for General Motors at the height of the Art Deco era and it also marked an engineering renaissance, as reflected by this outstanding Cadillac. A CCCA Full Classic®, these very special cars rarely come to market and as offered, this example represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire and enjoy a highly sought-after Cadillac of the prewar era.

1934 Cadillac 355-D Two-Passenger Sport Coupe
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