Ex-Charlotte D.S. Cruikshank, two owners from new
1924 Cadillac Type V-63 7-Passenger Touring
Coachwork by Fisher
Chassis no. 631026
Engine no. 63-C-1026
314.5ci Side-Valve V-8 Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Front and Rear Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs with Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes
*Two owners from new
*Beautifully preserved survivor
*Originally purchased by famous Stamford resident Charlotte D.S. Cruikshank
*67,788 original miles
Cadillac's imposing Model V-63 was the culmination of a series of cars which shared the same basic engine design as the 1914 Type 51, that company's first eight-cylinder car. Such was the excellence of design of that early unit that the engine responded to development over the ensuing ten year period, whilst chassis design proceeded apace, reflecting the need to accommodate later and heavier coachwork to meet the dictates of fashion. This special model was Custom-built by Fisher on a 138 inch wheelbase, on one of just four chassis of this length built in 1924. Color and trim were to owner's specification and finish generally was to a significantly higher standard than the shorter chassis standard production models. The technically highly advanced side-valve engine featured the first ever inherently balanced two plane crankshaft ever fitted to a production motor car.
The Motorcar Offered
This 7-Passenger Touring is a stunning example of a true survivor. A life-long resident of southwestern Connecticut, this Caddy has never been apart and has known history from new with only two individuals to ever call the car their own.
Bought new from Allen Cadillac in Greenwich, Connecticut, its first owner was Charlotte Dewing Smith Cruikshank of Stamford, Connecticut. Only about 27 years old when she acquired the car, Mrs. Cruickshank was largely self-made and an avid collector of American furniture and decorative arts. Her collection of chairs, which resides in the Stamford Historical Society, is a testament to her keen eye and good sense of style. It was with that mind she must have selected the elegant, open tourer and had it trimmed in triple black. Likely received just before her wedding in 1925, she would retain the Cadillac for the rest of her life. Used extensively when hunting for pieces for her collection, her husband Douglas once quipped in reference to its fuel consumption that it got "about seven antique shops" to the gallon.
Mrs. Cruikshanks clearly treated her Cadillac as well as her furniture collection. It was always maintained, carefully garaged, and never restored. Upon her passing at the age of 82 in 1979, she donated her furniture collection and $1.2 million to aforementioned Stamford Historical Society. Her Cadillac, however, after 55 years of continuous ownership, moved into the care of the present vendor.
Recognizing the incredible preservation of the machine, the car was kept in carefully maintained, original condition. To date, the only items that are known to be unoriginal are the tires and hoses. Kept in running order, it is stated to be mechanically sorted.
Retaining its presence and character and showing fewer than 67,788 miles from new, this original Cadillac is offered with its original registration issued to Charlotte D.S. Cruikshanks. With only two meticulous owners from new, this lovely tourer is an excellent would make both an excellent addition to any collection and a lovely tour car. After all, underneath its patinaed exterior there is a powerful V-8 with enough power to maintain pace with modern trafficand to get you to the closest antique shop doublequick.
- Please note that the correct chassis for this vehicle is 6361026.