1936 Cadillac Series 60 Roadster
350ci OHV V8 engine
Four-speed automatic transmission
Independent front suspension and live rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs
Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
-Offered from a Private Collection
-Modern running gear
The Series 60
1936 would be the first year since 1914 that the Cadillac brand would characterize its models by their year as the 1936 Cadillacs rather than by their series. While visually they could be distinguished by their narrower radiator grille, horizontal moldings and 'pontoon' styled fenders, their all-steel bodies, termed as 'turret topped', were designed by Fleetwood and built by Fisher. Beneath the skin hydraulic brakes were fitted and the emergency brake lever was moved to a control under the dash.
During the early 1930s it seemed that almost every year brought with it a landmark advance in the development of Cadillac's long-running V8 engine. For 1936 there was an entirely new version of the 322ci (5.3 liter) and 346ci (5.7 liters) capacities, the former powering a new range, the Series 60, introduced between the existing Cadillac and its smaller companion, the LaSalle.
The Motorcar Offered
This Cadillac has been in the present ownership since the late 1980s and was acquired from a neighboring collector in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Although not instantly recognizable as such, according to its body tag the car would originally have started life as a 5-passenger touring sedan. At some point in its life this coachwork was converted to the far more sporting and handsome style that it wears today, in the guise of a convertible coupe with a rumble seat. This work is thought to have taken place in the early 1980s, simultaneously to the car's restoration. Almost certainly at this same time the power unit was exchanged for a more modern small block Chevy V8, with an auto transmission.
Balancing modern power with classic looks, and retaining details such as its original stylish Cadillac Art Deco dash, this is a great way to bask in the nostalgia of the 1930 with a little more pep and without the inconvenience of changing gear. Strictly a convertible, there is no top mechanism, though who needs one in the summer months ahead?
- Please note that the chassis number for this vehicle is 6A1296