The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 169
1938 Cadillac Series 65 Resto-Rod

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1938 Cadillac  Series 65 Resto-Rod

CHASSIS NO: 7270349

• Featured in September 2001 edition of Super Rod magazine
• Outstanding resto rod with fully modernized mechanicals
• Based on a very rare (1 of 1,178) Series 65 Sedan
• Restored and built to exceptional standards by Dan Bach
• Luxury amenities include leather and dual-zone A/C

429 cid Cadillac V-8 engine, single four-barrel carburetor, 325 HP, GM 700R4 automatic overdrive transmission, independent front suspension, live rear axle with leaf springs, hydraulic front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 132”

Retaining its handsome Harley Earl-era styling without body modifications, this very rare 1938 Cadillac Series 65 Sedan has been fully restored and equipped with fully updated running gear and passenger amenities. The work of Dan Bach, this grand Cadillac was completed in 2001 and as now offered, it remains simply impressive on so many levels. Built to be drivable on a daily basis, the Cadillac’s renaissance began with the original underpinnings replaced with modern front suspension components from a Chevrolet half-ton pickup truck, plus power steering and front disc brakes. The rear axle was replaced with a Chevrolet 10-bolt unit fitted with a highway-friendly 3.21:1 ring and pinion, supported by leaf springs and Air Lift helper springs. Bilstein shocks round out the suspension upgrades.

Retaining Cadillac power, Bach swapped the old flathead V-8 engine with a 1967-vintage 325-horsepower, 429-cid Cadillac V-8 for improved performance. Maintaining stock specifications, the high-torque 429 engine was topped with a chromed air cleaner and chromed “Cadillac” scripted rocker covers. Power delivery is via a TPI GM 700 R4 automatic transmission with overdrive, equipped with a B&M transmission cooler and hand-built torque converter. Maintaining the Cadillac’s class and grandeur, Bach selected a set of King Racing steel wheels measuring 15X7 inches, fitted with highly polished stock-type hubcaps and mounted with period-appropriate wide whitewall tires.

The Cadillac’s streamlined body was stripped of the old paint, carefully prepped, and painted in PPG Triple Black by Quest. The old glass was replaced as well. The spacious interior was trimmed in custom-fitted black leather, while retaining the stock seating hardware. Custom-made door panels were designed and fabricated, and a black wool headliner finishes off the rich upholstery. Like any true limousine, the Cadillac was also endowed with a built-in beverage bar in the front seat-back and an ice chest resides within the custom-made center console. Two separate Vintage Air units were installed, with one for the front seating area and one dedicated to the rear passenger compartment. A billet steering wheel and GM tilt steering column provide directional control. The audio-visual system includes an AM/FM CD capable head unit and a monitor provides further entertainment possibilities with a hidden DVD player. At the time of cataloguing, indicated mileage was just 33,233. While we love prewar classic cars, nothing can quite compare with this fantastic 1938 Cadillac Series 65 Sedan, combining sleek, streamlined styling with the best of modern mechanical components and luxurious, limousine-level passenger amenities.

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