1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252

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Lot 78
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan
Registration no. 293 XUH Chassis no. 81252

Sold for £ 37,125 (US$ 50,077) inc. premium
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan
Registration no. 293 XUH
Chassis no. 81252
Odometer reading: tbc
MOT: Exempt



*Restored 2005-2010 with no expense spared (bills available)
*Excellent condition
*Recently serviced
*500 miles since restoration



During the early 1930s almost every year brought with it a landmark advance in the development of Cadillac's long-running V8. Introduced in 1914 and improved throughout the 1920s, Cadillac's V8 engine had undergone wholesale revision for 1927. The chassis too had seen considerable change: four-wheel brakes being standardised in 1924 and hydraulic shock-absorbers in 1928 when the adoption of under-slung rear springs and an increased wheelbase enabled longer, lower-slung body lines to be achieved. For the next couple of years changes to the V8 line, annual facelifts excepted, were relatively few, though the introduction of synchromesh gears in 1929 was one notable technological advance and engine displacement increased to 353ci (5.8 litres) the following year.
Commencing in 2005, this Town Sedan was extensively restored over five years with no expense spared, being re-sprayed in dark maroon from the original green in the process. Works included re-plating all brightwork (cost £6,000); refurbishing the interior (new seats, carpets, etc); rebuilding the engine with new pistons, etc; and fitting six new whitewall tyres and a new exhaust. Presented in impressive condition, the car has been recently serviced: with oils being changed, joints greased, etc in June 2021, while a new 6-volt battery was fitted in February 2021. The car comes complete with its original tools including the jack, starting handle and wheel removal tool, plus a bespoke indoor cover. Sadly, the owner's advancing years mean that the Cadillac is now too big for him to handle and thus is reluctantly offered for sale.

£35,000 – 45,000

Footnotes

  • Vendor Score Total: 90 /100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    EXTERIOR TOTAL: 25 /25
    Body Work: 5
    Paint: 5
    Glass: 5
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 5
    Wheels/Tyres: 5

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 18 /20
    Gearbox/Clutch: 5
    Axles: 5
    Suspension: 4
    Brakes: 4

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 20 /20
    Seats: 5
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 5
    Headlining: 5
    Trim: 5

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 9 /10
    Main components: 5
    Ancillary components: 4

    ENGINE TOTAL: 18 /20
    Starting: 4
    Running: 5
    Under Bonnet: 4
    Mechanical components: 5

    Car History File: 0
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
1931 Cadillac 355 Town Sedan  Chassis no. 81252
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