Lot 451931 Cadillac V-12 Series 370A Roadster

1931 Cadillac  V-12 Series 370A Roadster
Coachwork by Fleetwood

CHASSIS NO: 1003333

• Accompanied by GM Cadillac Heritage Certificate
• Numbers matching example
• Original factory roadster body
• 1 of as few as 15 known examples
• Recent comprehensive restoration
• AACA National First Place Award Winner in 2013

368 cid 45-degree OHV 12-cylinder rated at 135 HP, front and rear semi-elliptic leaf springs with four-wheel vacuum assisted mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 140”

The multi-cylinder battles of the 1930s gave rise to some of the most impressive engines ever built. Great marques like Packard, Marmon, and Pierce-Arrow also had a stake in a game where one’s place in a society was determined by the number of cylinders in their car. Certainly, the Vanderbilts, Astors, or Guggenheims would never be seen arriving at a societal event in anything less than a V-12 automobile. Even Henry Ford got into the game with the introduction of a V-8 for the common man in 1932. Among the greats of this era was Cadillac. While the Great Depression would go to claim a number of the great car builders, Cadillac managed to build their big engines all the way to 1940, thanks in part to the deep pockets of General Motors.

Offered here is arguably the finest Cadillac V-12 Roadster in existence. It carries its General Motors Cadillac Heritage Certificate that fully documents not only its provenance, but also its matching drivetrain, body, and all other components, making this Cadillac incredibly authentic. According to the GM Heritage build sheet, #1003333 was delivered on May 21, 1931 to Cadillac’s Detroit branch at the order of the Cadillac Motor Car Company. Wearing body number 54 and built in Cadillac’s style number 4702, this impressive roadster rides on a 140-inch wheelbase. It is believed that it was used for auto show demonstrations and was then returned to the dealer on July 1, 1931 for public sale. This is noted on its "Returned for Credit" stamp on the build sheet. It then ended up in a private collection in the Midwest for several decades before eventually making its way to the DeAngelis Collection in Connecticut. DeAngelis held this Cadillac for several years and it is now offered for sale following long-term ownership. One of as few as 15 genuine 1931 Cadillac V-12 Roadsters still in existence today and it has been fully restored to authentic factory specifications. All its parts are properly numbered and its fit, finish, and colors are just as they were when it left the factory in 1931. It also retains its Style number 4702 Roadster body with all the factory woodwork still intact and all numbers are still clearly evident on its sills that bear the Fleetwood emblem. It is also finished in Cadillac’s Matisse Brown, which contrasts nicely with its dark orange rims and pinstriping. The restoration and quality of this Cadillac is solidified by its 2013 AACA National First Place win after the aforementioned no-expense-spared restoration. Cadillac’s smooth and elegant lines are clearly displayed in the length of this car that also features dual side-mounted spare tires with canvas covers, wing windows, and its original and rare lowboy metal accessory luggage trunk. The proud V-12 emblem rides just ahead of its optional radiator stone guard and the entire front-end is a dazzling display of chrome with its huge bullet-styled headlamps and Pilot Ray driving lights. Cadillac’s elegant flying Heron hood ornament completes the front-end appearance of this Cadillac that is also recognized as a Full Classic® from the Classic Car Club of America. Most impressive is the interior that is finished in fine brown leather with matching carpets. The center-mounted instrument cluster carries a jewel like appearance with all gauges neatly mounted including its Jaeger clock. Cadillac’s fine engineering is displayed every time the hood is opened as the clean and uncluttered appearance of the V-12 engine is a marvel of design in both reliability and appearance. This Cadillac rides on factory wire wheels with stainless-steel spokes mounted on wide whitewall tires.

Cadillac has always been a leader in luxury and this Fleetwood Roadster, with its V-12 power, is an exceptional chapter in the stellar history of this great marque. Mechanically, this Cadillac is an excellent running and driving motorcar that would be a welcome addition to any Classic Car Club caravan or take a proper place at virtually any prestigious concours event.

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