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Lot Number
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1925 Cadillac Type V-63 Phaeton
The Texas Classic Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: 63G707
• Recent restoration in striking color combination
• Significant model in Cadillac history
• Robust and smooth V-8 power
• First year for four-wheel brakes
• Known history from new, always resided in Texas
• CCCA Full Classic® and CCCA First Prize Winner

314 cid L-head V-8 engine, 80+ HP, three-speed selective sliding gear manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, full-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel mechanical brakes; wheelbase: 132”


Rightly advertised as the “Standard of the World” for its engineering prowess and commitment to quality, Cadillac was the first to market with such innovations as self-starting and full-electric lighting by 1912. Cadillac introduced the first successful V-8 engine for 1915, a landmark design that went on to establish the V-8 as the primary American engine design in use today. While powerful and well-proven, the Cadillac V-8 was carefully updated in 1923 for unprecedented smoothness and refinement and four-wheel brakes debuted. The new Type V-63 models debuted in September 1923 and were produced for 1924 and 1925 in Standard and Custom lines with a wide range of open and closed bodies and 24 paint combinations and 10 upholstery patterns available. Some 35,000 V-63s were produced, yet few of these mighty CCCA-recognized Full Classic® automobiles remain. Fewer still are as well restored and presented as this 1925 Cadillac V-63 featuring Style 1150 4-Passenger Phaeton bodywork.
According to the Cadillac Record and Equipment of Cars book, this V-63 was shipped 5/21/24 to the Munger Auto Co. in Dallas, Texas, where it was delivered on May 30, 1924 to Dallas resident J.A. Russell. The next known owner was Ernest McCanless of Dallas, who acquired it on March 15, 1925 and sold it in 1942 to Charles Gharis, also of Dallas. Confirmed by a Texas title document, the next owner was Charles Mathews of Irving, Texas, who purchased the car in early 1966, lovingly restored it, and then enjoyed displaying it at car shows. The Mathews family subsequently moved to Maypearl, Texas, where the V-63 remained in Mr. Mathews’ collection. He parked the Cadillac inside a car barn in 1972, where it remained until his eventual passing in March 2010. The family subsequently sold the car collection and the Cadillac was acquired by its current owner, with the car in running order requiring only a new battery and oil and coolant changes. A professional restoration was completed by Robert Hand at Hand’s Elderly Auto Care, with the extensive work including a painstaking repaint and the replacement of the convertible top and interior. The beautiful wood-spoke wheels were renewed by Gary Hatfield of Hatfield Restoration and new tires were fitted all around, including the twin spares.
Handsomely represented by this stylish and well-presented example, the 1924-1925 Type V-63 models demonstrated Cadillac’s growing leadership of America’s luxury-car market during the 1920s and provided a sound basis for the GM Division’s utter dominance of the American luxury market yet to come in the 1930s. A significant model in Cadillac’s rich heritage, this V-63 Phaeton will provide a great, and enjoyable entry into virtually any CCCA show or touring event.

1925 Cadillac Type V-63 Phaeton
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