1931 CADILLAC ALL WEATHER PHEATON
Lot 166
1931 CADILLAC ALL WEATHER PHEATON,1931 Cadillac V12 All-Weather Sport Phaeton Chassis no. 1002654 Engine no. 10-2712
€180,000 - 240,000
US$ 230,000 - 310,000
amended

Lot Details
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1931 CADILLAC ALL WEATHER PHEATON
1931 Cadillac V12 All-Weather Sport Phaeton
Coachwork by Fleetwood

Chassis no. 1002654
Engine no. 10-2712
Comme le moteur V16 dont il s’inspirait, le bloc Cadillac V12 fut l’œuvre de l’ingénieur Owen Nacker. Les deux groupes qui avaient le même angle de 45 degrés entres les axes des cylindres présentaient sous le capot de ces voitures de luxe un aspect remarquablement net. D’une cylindrée de 6 litres, le V12 délivrait 135 ch à 3 400 tr/min.
À ses débuts, la V12 fut proposée sur deux empattements, 140 et 143 pouces, le second étant réservé aux longues berlines sept places et aux limousines Imperial. Les types V8, V12 et V16 offraient sensiblement des carrosseries de même style et partageaient les meilleures solutions techniques dont le nouveau châssis à renfort cruciforme et les suspensions avant indépendantes introduites en 1934. La V12 la plus chère, indépendamment de sa longueur de châssis, était la All-Weather Phaeton quatre portes cinq places (appellation chez Cadillac d’une berline décapotable) à 4 895 dollars. La production de ces exclusives voitures à 12 cylindres cessa à la fin de 1937.
Cette superbe Cadillac V12 avait déjà été restaurée lorsqu’elle arriva dans la collection de Bob Lalement en provenance d’une importante collection privée américaine. La voiture est magnifique à regarder avec sa peinture deux tons jane et brun, sa somptueuse sellerie en cuir havane, tous ses chromes et ses pneus à flancs blancs. Les pare-brise avant et arrière sont pourvus de déflecteurs et la malle arrière offre une généreuse capacité.
Offerte avec ses papiers d’immatriculation et son certificat d’homologation routière hollandais, cette voiture qui bénéficie du statut « Full Classic « du Classic car Club of America est prête à être accueillie avec enthousiasme dans les plus prestigieux concours et rallyes du monde.



‘The Cadillac V12, reflecting Cadillac engineering and manufacturing leadership in a new example of multi-cylinder motoring, is appearing for the first time at the Show. Mechanically, the V12 is virtually a duplicate of the V16 except that it is a shorter car and powered with a 12-cylinder engine. As such it inherits many of the remarkable features pioneered by the V16 and described previously in Automobile Topics. Among those are automatic valve silencers, thermostatically controlled crankcase ventilation, two individual carburettors controlled in unison by a single accelerator, harmonised steering and safety mechanical brakes.’ - Automobile Topics, reporting on the New York Auto Show in January 1931.
Founded by Henry Leland and Robert Faulconer, the Cadillac Automobile Company of Detroit completed its first car in October 1902, the firm’s superior manufacturing technology - precision gear cutting was Leland and Faulconer’s first speciality - soon establishing it as the foremost builder of quality cars in the USA. Always innovators in automobile technology, the company continues to produce cars recognised everywhere as symbols of wealth and prestige.
The 1930s decade has long been recognised as a ‘golden age’ of American automobile design; a period when elegant bodies built by prominent coachbuilders graced long-wheelbase chassis powered by large, multi-cylinder engines. Already firmly established as makers of the finest luxury motor cars, Cadillac was at the forefront during this era of unashamed opulence and grandeur. From 1915 onwards Cadillacs had been powered exclusively by V8 engines, but when the V12 arrived in September 1930 it marked Cadillac’s second all-new multi-cylinder introduction that year, following the V16’s in January. This may seem like ‘overkill’, but by offering three model ranges - V8, V12 and V16 - Cadillac was able to dominate the United States’ luxury car market in the face of stiff opposition from Chrysler, Lincoln, Packard and Pierce-Arrow.
Like the V16 on which it was based, the Cadillac V12 power unit was the work of engine designer Owen Nacker. The two motors shared the same 45-degree angle between the banks of cylinders and were notable for an extreme cleanliness of line that made for a most tidy engine bay. Displacing 368ci (6.0 litres), the V12 produced 135bhp at a leisurely 3,400rpm.
In its debut year the V12 was available in two wheelbase lengths: 140” and 143”, the latter frame reserved for the seven-passenger sedan and Imperial limousine models. Body styles were broadly similar across all three model ranges: V8, V12 and V16 while major mechanical advances were shared, including the new X-braced chassis featuring ‘knee action’ independent front suspension that would be introduced for 1934. The most expensive V12 offered, regardless of chassis length, was the four-door, five-passenger All-Weather Phaeton (Cadillac’s term for a convertible sedan), which cost $4,895. Production of these exclusive 12-cylinder cars ceased at the end of the 1937 season and today they are among the most highly prized of pre-war American automobiles.
This lovely Cadillac V12 had already been restored when it came to Bob Lalement from an important private collection on the USA’s East Coast. The car is a visual delight, boasting lustrous yellow-over-brown paintwork, sumptuous tan leather upholstery, acres of polished brightwork and whitewall tyres. Both the front and rear screens are fitted with wind deflectors and there is a generously sized luggage trunk at the rear.
Offered with Netherlands registration papers/roadworthiness certificate and presented in superb driveable condition, this car enjoys Classic Car Club of America ‘Full Classic’ status and would be welcome on tours and at concours events the world over.

Saleroom notices

  • Merci de noter que cette voiture posséde un certificat de dédouanement belge lui permettant d’être immatriculée dans les pays de la communauté européenne, et qu’elle a été équipée par son propriétaire actuel d’une direction assistée pour un plus grand confort d’utilisation. This car has a Belgian customs document that permits you to register the vehicle. This car has also been fitted with power steering.
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