The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 42
1938 Cadillac Series 75 Convertible Sedan

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1938 Cadillac  Series 75 Convertible Sedan
Body by Fleetwood

CHASSIS NO: 3271067

• Extremely rare as 1 of just 58 examples produced
• Handsome styling with Victoria-style blind rear quarters
• Wonderful open-air example of Cadillac’s prewar grandeur
• New-for-1938 styling executed under famed GM designer, Bill Mitchell
• A striking, CCCA-recognized Full Classic® automobile

346 cid L-head V-8 engine, three-speed manual selective synchromesh transmission, independent coil-spring front suspension, semi-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic brakes; wheelbase: 141 1/4”

Marking a comprehensive push at Cadillac to assume the leadership of America’s luxury-car industry, the top GM Division’s new models for 1938 rank firmly among the very finest automobiles of the prewar era. In addition to delivering handsomely restyled models, Cadillac’s 1938 lineup remains an unqualified milestone, including the first Bill Mitchell-styled Sixty Special Sedan (Series 60S) and the updated Series 90 V-16.

Cadillac’s V-8 cars, comprising Series 61, Series 60S, Series 65 and the top-echelon, Fleetwood-bodied Series 75, featured distinctive grille designs, one for Series 60 and one shared by the larger Series 65 and Series 75 models. While Series 60 used thin, horizontal grille bars extending around the sides of the squared-off nose, the Series 65–75 cars had tall, vertical, die-cast egg-crate grilles that remain a triumph of design today. Inside, the gearshift lever on all Cadillac models was relocated from the floor to the steering column for improved passenger comfort. The Cadillac name appeared on all models in large, bold scripts on both the front and rear bumpers and most other changes for 1938 were detail items, including repositioning of the horns to just behind the grille. New features included a “Synchro-Flex” flywheel, a hypoid-type rear axle and a bump in compression ratio on the V-8 engine to 6.70:1.

According to Maurice D. Hendry’s authoritative book Cadillac – Standard of the World, just 1,802 examples of Series 75 were produced for model year 1938. Fleetwood was the sole body builder for Series 75, aside from 16 bare chassis, 11 long-wheelbase commercial chassis, and eight completely knocked-down (CKD) export chassis. Just 58 Style 7529 Convertible Sedans were produced for 1938, including this splendid example offered here. Offering five-passenger seating, this grand Cadillac model also delivers the multi-purpose practicality of a snug convertible top, along with the privacy afforded by its blind, Victoria-style rear quarters. Weighing in at 5,110 pounds, the 1938 Cadillac Series 75 Convertible Sedan carried a base price of $3,940 before options. Desirable features include twin amber fog lamps, dual side-mounted spares in steel covers with chrome sideview mirrors and period-style white sidewall tires. Handsomely presented throughout, including the luxurious interior complete with abundant woodgrain accents, this extremely rare Fleetwood-bodied 1938 Cadillac Series 75 Convertible Sedan is a CCCA-recognized Full Classic® automobile with welcome entry to virtually any event you should ever choose.

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