<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187

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1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe
Coachwork by Fleetwood
Chassis no. 801187

Sold for US$ 101,200 inc. premium
1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe
Coachwork by Fleetwood

Chassis no. 801187
353ci L-Head V-8 Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
95bhp at 3,000rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Internal Expanding Mechanical Drum Brakes

*Beautiful Harley J. Earl inspired Art and Colour coachwork
*Fleetwood and Cadillac quality
*Quality older restoration
*Beautiful colors
*Lavishly accessorized


THE CADILLAC 355 SERIES

In 1931 Cadillac turned over a new page in American classic car history. Harley Earl, after cutting his teeth at his father's Earl Automotive Works in Los Angeles while later working at Don Lee Motors had attracted Cadillac president Lawrence P. Fisher's attention for his creative and innovative designs for Hollywood moguls, stars and starlets. Fisher brought Earl to the attention of General Motors' Chairman Alfred P. Sloan.

Earl submitted a design for a new Cadillac-based automobile. It took its inspiration from Europe's Hispano-Suiza and the first LaSalle's long, low design captured Sloan's imagination. Although a precise, meticulous, even dour, professional manager Sloan realized that design and styling had been overlooked in Detroit realizing that the company that capitalized on the public's desire for design could eclipse its competition. In 1927 Sloan announced a new GM department, Art and Colour, to his executive committee. He brought Harley J. Earl from Los Angeles to Detroit to head it.

Earl's efforts were supported by GM's controlling stockholder, DuPont, which in 1924 introduced polychrome synthetic lacquers. Fast drying and available in a multitude of hues, DuPont lacquer reinforced design with color, liberating coachwork from dull, earthen tints that took days to dry.

After a false start with the 1929 Buick Earl and his Art and Colour Department hit their stride with the 1931 Cadillacs, helped by the introduction of unprecedented overhead valve V-12 and V-16 engines. All had longer, lower bodies set low on wider frames with batteries and tool compartments under the front floors instead of in the frame covers. Their introduction was as much of a sensation as had been the Duesenberg Eight two years before, starting a multi-cylinder war among American luxury automobile builders that would define the classic era of the 1930's.

The 355-A V-8 put the proven 353 cubic inch 95 brake horsepower Cadillac L-head V-8 engine in the shortest of Cadillac's chassis at 134 inches while adopting the new frame and Art and Colour's lower body designs. Finely balanced between hood, passenger compartment and rear deck volumes, the 355-A V-8 is a pleasing two-door package that emphasizes the adaptability of Art and Colour's design metaphor, contributing to its inclusion in the Classic Car Club of America's exclusive Full Classic™ list. Coming in at some 700 pounds less than the longer wheelbase V-12, not to mention over half a ton less than the imposing V-16, the larger cars were more handicapped by mass than advantaged by their greater horsepower, giving the V-8 an altogether more sporting, responsive demeanor.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Presented in rich deep burgundy with black fenders, frame covers and running boards, tasteful red coachlines with black leather upholstery and black cloth top this 1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe is a beautiful example of Fleetwood's craftsmanship and the emerging design talents of Harley Earl's Art and Colour Department.

Restored some time ago, it is resplendent with choice details like the body color wheel hubs and rims joined by chrome spokes, 7.00x18 wide whitewall tires, optional large headlights, Pilot-Ray driving lights and a radiator stoneguard. Body details include a golf bag door in the body side, rumble seat, dual vacuum-operated windshield wipers and elegant heron radiator cap mascot.

The paint, interior and chrome are all very good with only a small paint crack by the right windshield post. The chassis is exceptionally well presented in nearly show quality condition with only a little age and use. It will be proudly shown locally and hold its own with confidence after tours, an example of the style, design, quality and performance of Cadillac's 1931 milestone automobiles.
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<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
<b>1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe  </b><br />Chassis no. 801187
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