The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 102
1938 Cadillac Series 75 Seven-Passenger Sedan

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1938 Cadillac  Series 75 Seven-Passenger Sedan

CHASSIS NO: 3270431

• Very nicely presented example
• Newer paint and brightwork
• Highly original interior and engine bay
• Luxurious and highly versatile interior with jump seats

346 cid L-head V-8 engine, 140 HP at 3,400 rpm, three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, hydraulic four-wheel drum brakes; wheelbase: 141 ¼”

With a young Bill Mitchell now heading the Cadillac styling studios under the direction of Harley Earl, the handsome new 1938 Cadillac models solidified General Motors’ position at the forefront of automotive design. In fact, by 1938, Cadillac was the undisputed king of luxury cars in America, by virtue of its industry-leading styling and renowned technical prowess. Additionally, the deep financial resources of its massive General Motors parent company helped ensure Cadillac not only survived, but thrived, during the challenging Great Depression years, outlasting such revered competitors as Franklin, Duesenberg, Marmon, Stutz and Pierce-Arrow.

Featuring attractively streamlined basic styling cues, Cadillac’s model lines were organized for 1938 along five series. The V-12 Series 85 was dropped, leaving the V-8 Series 38-60, the new 38-60S Sixty Special, 38-65, and 38-75 and 38-90 V-16 lines. Series 70 and the Fisher-bodied Series 75 Specials were also discontinued, but a Convertible Sedan was added to Series 65. Mechanical updates for 1938 made the great Cadillac models even better than before, with sophistication, ease of operation and drivability second to none. Powering all but Series 90, Cadillac’s 346-cid V-8 engine delivered 135 horsepower and received a slight power boost to a 140-horsepower rating for the big Series 75 models.

Sharing the longest 141 ¼-inch wheelbase chassis with the Series 90 V-16 line, Cadillac’s Series 75 models for 1938 were bodied exclusively by Fleetwood. The 1938 Cadillacs were introduced during October 1937, with nearly 25,000 produced for model year 1938 and just 1,902 of them from Series 75. This 1938 Cadillac Series 75 Seven-Passenger Sedan is a very well-presented example of Cadillac’s signature prewar model line, with the versatility offered by a pair of folding jump seats in the rear passenger compartment. Showing under 25,110 miles on the odometer and retaining an original-appearing interior and engine bay, this Series 75 clearly benefits from proper long-term care with a newer quality paint finish and restored exterior brightwork. Turn-signal lights have been added for added safety while touring. As one of Cadillac’s finest for 1938, this Fleetwood-bodied Series 75 Seven-Passenger Sedan is a very nice example, ready to show and enjoy.

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