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Lot Number
58
1933 Cadillac V-12 Seven-Passenger Sedan
The Auburn Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: 4000109
• V-12 power in excellent color combination
• Former Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Award Winner
• Classic Car Club of America Full Classic®

368 cid OHV solid lifter V-12 engine rated at 135 horsepower, three-speed synchromesh transmission, leaf spring and solid axle front suspension, leaf spring and torque tube drive rear suspension, four-wheel vacuum-assisted mechanical drum brakes


In 1930, Cadillac stunned the fine car market with the introduction of its breathtaking new 16-cylinder models. The cars instantly catapulted Cadillac, which until then had been a mid-priced car, to the head of the luxury class. For the next several years, Cadillac’s competitors scrambled to keep up: Among others, Pierce-Arrow introduced its V-12 in 1932, Marmon a V-16 in late 1931, and Auburn a V-12 in 1932. For most of these companies, the enormous cost of this development effort would combine with a shrinking depression market for fine cars, creating financial pressures from which the companies would never recover. Rather than rest on its laurels, Cadillac delivered another blow to the competition in 1931 with the introduction of a V-12 that shared most of the luxury features of the V-16 but at a sharply lower price. Although not one casting was shared, the V-12 was clearly an exact replica of the V16 – with four less cylinders.

1933 had the first engine compartments to be styled, with all the wiring hidden, plenty of gleaming polished aluminum, shining porcelain, and a pair of beautiful valve covers with brushed aluminum ridged surfaces. In a way, 1933 represents the best of times and the worst of times for Cadillac. On the one hand, its evolutionary styling appeared fresh and new – on the other, sales bottomed out for the worst year in the Depression. New was Fisher No-Draft ventilation, soon to sweep the industry. For 1933, Cadillac’s bodies were restyled with long, skirted fenders and a gracefully curved “coach” sill. The bodies were styled as a whole package, moving away from the separate body and chassis form.

This same year also marked Cadillac’s major design change as styles transitioned from the Classic Era into the Art Deco period. This model year was one of many one-year-only styling cues. It is an excellent blend of classic styling with the deco design. It was the first year that Cadillac did not have an outside radiator cap with the hood ornament. The Heron mascot on the car was used for one year only. Special Art Deco style bumpers were used with the unique center three-bar design. Fully skirted fenders with side mounts that sit deep in the spare tire wells were elevated out with a special lifting mechanism. A one-year only grille design with horizontal side vents in the hood was also seen. Overall, it was a sleek and stylish year for Cadillac's Art Deco period. Produced during the Depression, this was the lowest production year for Cadillac, as well as many of the automakers, and as such they have always been high on demand and low on supply.

This beautiful 12-cylinder Cadillac Sedan, 109th of the 953 produced in 1933 was fastidiously restored in the 1990s and subsequently went on to receive a third in class award at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Since then, it has been in the private collection of the present owner. It has continued to garner attention at other Concours events including the Milwaukee Masterpiece. A wonderful restoration that has held up well, striking colors, and a regal presence come together in this very usable Classic Car Club of America Full Classic®.

1933 Cadillac V-12 Seven-Passenger Sedan
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