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Lot Number
67
1910 Cadillac Model 30 Demi-Tonneau
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $80,000 - $120,000
CHASSIS NO: 40063
• Striking early Brass-Era find
• High quality, long term restoration
• Modern electrics with starter
• Fully sorted and runs great
• Eligible for shows, events and tours around the globe

226.2 cid inline four-cylinder engine rated at 30 HP, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with platform leaf spring suspension, two-wheel mechanical brakes; wheelbase: 106”


Driving a car in the early days of motoring was anything but comfortable. Long before such amenities as windshield wipers, heaters, radios, and even cup holders were common, driving often meant getting drenched in the rain while traversing woods, fields, and cow paths as what we now call roads hardly existed. This was a time when driving a motorcar was a novelty at best and many still thought that the horse was the most reliable mode of travel. As an early pioneer in building motorcars, Cadillac built their first car in 1903 and proceeded to quickly solidify an excellent reputation for both reliability and durability. In 1908, Cadillac set the world standard for quality when the company won the coveted Dewar Trophy for dependability from the Royal Automobile Club in 1908. When General Motors purchased the company in 1909, Cadillac already had an impressive reputation as one of America's premier luxury car builders. As the decade came to a close, the Cadillac name for building the best was solidified and customers actually waited in line to become a new owner of a Cadillac.

Offered here is a beautifully restored example of Cadillac’s early heritage with a 1910 Demi-Tonneau that’s finished in “Bing Cherry,” a color that makes for a stunning appearance against its brass accessories. Everything about this wonderful car speaks to an era of classic elegance with polished brass lanterns and gorgeous tufted leather. This is a car that stands tall, as luxury brass era cars tended to be large cars that easily stood over six feet tall. As incredible as this Cadillac is, the story of its restoration and resurrection is even more fascinating. It was purchased by an enthusiastic restorer in 1955 in pieces and placed under a summer home. Rumors of the Cadillac’s existence had swirled in the area for decades but, in 2008, the present owner did the detective work and tracked it down. A deal was made, and the Cadillac was awakended from its deep slumber. Several years of painstaking research, parts sourcing, and intense labor resulted in this exceptional car being brought back to life. Every facet of its restoration was completely researched as even the body was carefully recreated. After an estimated 2,500 hours, it was finished in 2014 and has since been driven over 1,500 miles. The high quality of this car’s restoration is clearly evident in the flawless paint and polished brass. The woodwork on the dashboard is nicely finished and it also carries a period-correct clock. The upholstery is professionally sewn and looks new, and the engine compartment is impeccably detailed with correct colors and polished copper. The top is perfectly fitted, and all bows, hinges, and straps are in excellent working order. Power for this model 30 comes from its 226.2 cubic-inch inline four-cylinder with a respectable 30 horsepower. The engine was rebuilt with aluminum pistons and, in the interest of reliability, it has been fitted with a modern 12-volt electrical system that powers an electric starter, halogen headlamps, a taillight and a brake light. The spark plug wires are the period-correct braided cloth and each cylinder carries two spark plugs. This Cadillac rides on color-keyed wood spoke artillery rims with wide whitewall tires for a pure classic look.

There’s nothing like the sound and look of an early brass era car. Polished metal, real wood, and genuine leather all come together with the craftsmanship of old-world artisans. This Model 30 Demi-Tonneau is the perfect car for touring, driving, or taking its rightful place on the concours show field. Its striking looks and extensive restoration make this Cadillac a standout in any crowd.

1910 Cadillac Model 30 Demi-Tonneau
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