1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Dual Cowl Phaeton  Chassis no. 1003698 Engine no. 1003698

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1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Chassis no. 1003698 Engine no. 1003698

Sold for US$ 133,500 inc. premium
1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Dual Cowl Phaeton
Coachwork by Fleetwood

Chassis no. 1003698
Engine no. 1003698
Cadillac completed its array of luxury vehicles with the introduction of the V-12 engine late in 1930.

Based upon the V-16 which had been introduced earlier in the year, the V-12 line offered catalog bodies by Fisher and Fleetwood, all with luxuriously trimmed interiors by Fleetwood. In common with the V-16, the engine was styled by Harley Earl’s Art & Colour Department, giving the V-12 a particularly attractive underhood presentation. The V-12s were manufactured to extremely high quality standards and differed only in details of trim and, of course, engine size and complication from the V-16 line which cost nearly twice as much.

With V-8, V-12 and V-16 models and a profusion of coachwork from Fleetwood and Fisher on chassis that ranged from the 134” V-8 to the V-16’s giant 148” wheelbase Cadillac offered a luxury automobile to suit any style, purpose and whim. Harley Earl’s Art & Colour Department attended to the smallest details of fit, finish, finesse and function making even the mechanical details objects of refined design, materials, manufacture and execution.

The difference between the V-12 and V-16 was confined to the hood, which is 4” shorter, headlights, an inch smaller in diameter but still a great imposing presence flanking the grille between the flaring front fenders, and slightly smaller chrome horns.

The V-12’s appeal was manifest in its sales success. A total of 5,733 were built in 1930 even as the aftermath of the Wall Street Crash and the onset of the Great Depression were being appreciated by Cadillac’s intended customers for these elegant, luxurious automobiles. That total was well more than half the production of full-amortized 355-A V-8s sold in the same year.

The beautiful 1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Fleetwood Dual Cowl Phaeton in Sid Craig’s collection is significant on account of what it isn’t. It isn’t a celebrity car, the only one in the collection (aside from the Gullwing like the one driven by Clark Gable.) Rather, it is an exceptional example of the beauty, class, elegance and performance of one of the classic era’s most refined automobiles, chosen by Sid Craig to be included among the cars in his select collection on the strength of what it is, not what it represents.

The Fleetwood dual cowl phaeton coachwork is beautifully proportioned on its 140” wheelbase. Fitted with abundant accessories including dual windshields with wind wings, dual enclosed sidemounted spares, a pair of remotely operated Cadillac Lorraine spotlights, chrome centerlock wire wheels, luggage rack, dual Pilot-Ray driving lights and radiator stoneguard, it is attractively presented in two tone blue-grey with grey coachlines the complements and shows to advantage the lines of its Fleetwood coachwork. The interior is upholstered in black leather. A Tan cloth top bound in black leather completes the Cadillac’s ensemble. It has been the recipient of a quality restoration which shows in its excellent condition. Only some detailing is needed to bring it to show quality condition.

A superb automobile that is recognized as a Full Classic™ by the Classic Car Club of America, its 135 horsepower 368 cubic inch V-12 will propel its lightweight phaeton coachwork with a full complement of driver, family and friends in parades or on tours at modern highway speeds securely, silently and rapidly, ready at end the day to be shown proudly and with confidence.

Without reserve

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number listed in the catalog is incorrect. The correct engine number is 10-3711.
1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Dual Cowl Phaeton  Chassis no. 1003698 Engine no. 1003698
1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Dual Cowl Phaeton  Chassis no. 1003698 Engine no. 1003698
1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Dual Cowl Phaeton  Chassis no. 1003698 Engine no. 1003698
1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Dual Cowl Phaeton  Chassis no. 1003698 Engine no. 1003698
1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Dual Cowl Phaeton  Chassis no. 1003698 Engine no. 1003698
1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Dual Cowl Phaeton  Chassis no. 1003698 Engine no. 1003698
1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Dual Cowl Phaeton  Chassis no. 1003698 Engine no. 1003698
1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Dual Cowl Phaeton  Chassis no. 1003698 Engine no. 1003698
1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Dual Cowl Phaeton  Chassis no. 1003698 Engine no. 1003698
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