The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction

Lot 22
1938 Cadillac Series 65 Sedan
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE


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1938 Cadillac  Series 65 Sedan

CHASSIS NO: 5270028

• CCCA Full Classic® recognition
• Renowned GM/Bill Mitchell design
• Robust V-8 power and sophisticated mechanicals
• Very nice throughout; great way to enjoy classic car ownership


346 cid L-head V-8 engine, 135 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: 132”


By 1938, General Motors’ Cadillac Motor Division firmly consolidated its commanding position at the summit of America’s fine-car marketplace. The winning basic body designs of 1937 were left essentially unchanged and now Bill Mitchell was placed in charge of Cadillac styling. Mechanical updates for 1938 made the great Cadillac models even better than before, with overall sophistication, ease of operation and drivability second to none. Continued for 1938 and positioned above the entry-level Series 50 LaSalle and Series 60 Cadillac lines, and the upscale Series 65, shared several key design features with the more formal, Fleetwood-bodied Series 75 Cadillac models. A longer and heavier car than Series 60, Series 65 carried lower pricing than the “senior” Fleetwood-bodied Series 70.

For 1938, Series 65 was expanded into a four-model line on a new 132-inch wheelbase chassis including a four-door Sedan, Imperial Sedan and Convertible Sedan, plus a bare chassis intended for custom or professional coachwork. Series 65 and Series 75 shared new frontal styling featuring a massive vertical cellular radiator grille, three sets of horizontal bars on the hood sides, a modern front-opening “alligator” hood, and headlights positioned between the fenders and hood. Other new details included a shift lever repositioned to the steering column, placement of the horns just behind the grille, movement of the battery under the right-hand side of the hood, a transverse muffler just behind the fuel tank, wheels from a different manufacturer, a new "Synchro-Flex" flywheel, hypoid rear axle and deletion of the oil filter. Powering all but the V-16 Series 90 models was Cadillac’s refined 346-cid V-8 engine, developing 135 horsepower; other mechanical highlights included hydraulic brakes, independent front suspension, synchromesh transmission and more.

The 1938 Cadillac Series 65 Sedan offered here is quite rare today as one of 1,401 Series 65 vehicles produced and one of 1,178 with this body style. It was restored approximately 30 years ago, and it was acquired from a prior owner in Maine. Remaining quite nice overall, the Cadillac clearly benefits from its placement within the Corpus Christi Old Car Museum. In addition to its stately body design, this 1938 Cadillac features a very nice interior compartment and rides on painted steel wheels mounting bright factory hubcaps and white sidewall tires. Rightly recognized as a CCCA Full Classic® automobile, this 1938 Cadillac Series 65 Sedan offers a great way to enter, or enjoy, the classic-car lifestyle with outstanding event eligibility.

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