Lot 12
1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Roadster


Selling on Wednesday

Coachwork by Fleetwood

CHASSIS NO: 1002070

• 1 of only 91 examples produced and 1 of approximately 15 known to exist
• Fully recognized CCCA Full Classic®
• Recent cosmetic freshening and mechanical service
• Impressive style and design
• Handsome two-tone color scheme

368 cid OHV V-12 engine rated at 135 HP, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and live rear with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 140”

Although the early 1930s was a time of desperation for the American car industry, Cadillac was able to weather the storm thanks to the deep pockets of General Motors. This was not the case for such greats as Stutz, Marmon, Pierce-Arrow, Peerless, or Duesenberg, who would all vanish before the decade was over. Sensing an opportunity, Cadillac threw caution to the wind in an effort to establish itself as the undisputed leader in the American luxury car market by introducing both V-12 and V-16 powered cars. In particular, 1931 saw Cadillac offer no less than four different passenger car lines that were all powered by their eight-, twelve-, and sixteen-cylinder engines. These were impressive cars that offered a body in every style and enough power to run with the best. In an era where one’s place in society was determined by the number of cylinders in one’s car, Cadillac had a car for anyone who had enough money to afford something a little better than the average Buick or Oldsmobile.

Offered here is a car that clearly validates why Cadillac has always represented the hallmark of American luxury with this fine 1931 Cadillac Style 4502 V-12 Roadster with 12-cylinder power and coachwork by Fleetwood. Of the many coachbuilders that built bodies for Cadillac, none is more closely linked to the marque than Fleetwood, who began building bodies in 1909 and was acquired by Fisher in 1925 and was then folded into GM in 1931. Priced new at $2,845, when a new Plymouth could be had for just $495, the Cadillac V-12 Roadster was not something everyone could afford, but those who could were seen in the best. This Roadster sports a nut and bolt, body-off restoration with minimal miles registered since. Starting at the front, Cadillac’s tall and imposing grille with an optional stone guard makes a dramatic statement with the flying lady hood ornament riding tall and proud. Huge headlamps, Trippe lights, and dual trumpet horns adorn the front while the Cadillac V-12 crest tells the world that this is a car of prestige. It carries a beautiful finish in dark blue with Pewter Silver fenders for a perfect two-tone effect. Dual side-mounted spare tires with mirrors carry a look of classic elegance while wing windows make for pleasurable driving. A golf door has ample space for a trip to the country club and the rumble seat offers excellent accommodations for two more passengers. This Cadillac also has a luggage rack that’s fitted with a metal low-boy trunk with ample storage for touring. The convertible top is blue Haartz cloth and is in excellent condition. The interior is everything one would expect from a Cadillac V-12 with fine leather in light blue that offers a nice contrast to its dark body. All gauges are center mounted in an oval pod and all interior upholstery and trim appointments are fully restored. The rumble seat is also finished in the same matching leather. Under the hood is Cadillac’s masterpiece with the V-12 that is impressive to watch as it runs with a little more than a whisper. Cadillac spared no expense in building a work-of-art with the clean look of engineering excellence. The engine compartment in this Roadster is fully restored with correct hose clamps and all components properly painted. This Cadillac rides on wide whitewall tires mounted on factory wire wheels with stainless-steel spokes.

The Cadillac name has been the hallmark of luxury for over 100 years and this 1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Roadster represents the very pinnacle of their best. This is a car that would be a welcome addition to any concours show field while also being a delightful car for a weekend drive. The current owner states that this car starts and runs very well, and that the next owner will discover that this Roadster drives wonderfully, cruising along with the finesse and flare that can only be achieved by a multi-cylinder Cadillac. For the very best in American luxury, this V-12 Roadster ticks all the boxes.