London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
10 September 2002
1936 CADILLAC SERIES 36-85 V12 FLEETWOOD TOWN SEDAN
Registration No. Not UK Registered
Engine No. 4110616
Blue with beige fabric interior
Engine: V-12, overhead valve, 368 cu. ins., 150 bph at 3,600 rpm; Gearbox: three speed manual with reverse; Suspension: front and rear, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel hydraulic drums; Left hand drive.
In a successful attempt to establish itself as one of America's leading luxury cars, Cadillac surprised the world in January 1930 with the introduction of its superb V-16 engine. As beautifully finished as it was soundly engineered, the sixteen cylinder powerplant and chassis provided the platform for numerous custom coachbuilders of the time to apply their craft, not the least of which was Cadillac's own in-house Fleetwood Body Company. Filling the price gap between the V-16s and the V-8s in the Cadillac model line was a relatively simple process of removing four cylinders from the sixteen and offering a V-12 series. In late 1930 the Series 370/370A cars were introduced as slightly lower priced alternatives to the mighty V-16. This proved to be a sound strategy as the twelves outsold the sixteens during their first year by nearly 2,500 cars!
Through the following years, Cadillac progressively developed this generation of models and with increasing concentration on the aerodynamics, grilles became rounded and elongated, fender lines flowed gracefully from front to back, body profiles were lowered, while lamps and trim became more streamlined. By 1936 when this example was constructed the V-12 distinguished by its vee-windscreen, and for this season performance had been greatly improved over previous years. Optional extras listed included the side mount covers for spare wheels, and heater as on this car.
The Town Sedan is presented in very good cosmetic order. At some stage prior to its acquisition in America ten years ago, it was clearly the subject of a sympathetic and thorough restoration. Its paintwork and beautifully appointed interior which features period dashboard instrumentation/controls, heater, and twin wood trims, have seen little wear or ageing since. Underneath the bonnet is not as tidily presented as the rest of the car, but still clean.
To date Christie's has not made any attempt to start or run it, so recommend the sensible precaution of checking over and servicing before it be used on the road.
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