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1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen

Chassis number : 702677

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Sold for $465,000 at 2012 RM Auctions - Monterey.
There were 85 examples of Fleetwood's Style 4260 Sport Phaeton built on the Cadillac V-16 chassis, and three examples were built to order with folding rear cowls. They are chassis number 702682 with body number 8, 702691 with body no. 7, and this example, chassis 702677 with body number 25. Mounted on the rear cowl, instead of the typical crank-down secondary windshield, is a folding windshield, which has delicate profiles cut out of the bottom of its wind wings, which allows for it to be folded at quite a rakish angle. Another interesting feature on the 4200 Series cars were the elegant curved bottom coach sill doors, a styling cue not seen on other less expensive series V-16 bodies.

This example was ordered on April 30th of 1930 through Don Lee Inc. distributorship of San Francisco, California. The car was ordered with fender-mounted spare tires and wire wheels. The new owner took delivery of the completed car on August 30th of 1930.

In the mid-1950s, the car next surfaced as advertised for sale in a national automotive magazine. It was being offered by an engine rebuilder who was stuck with an unpaid bill. The next owner was a pea farmer from Opportunity, Washington, who intended to use the car for Shriner's parades. He had the rear cowl removed, although he retained it, along with all the corresponding hardware. The next owner was Ray and Dorothy Radford, also from Portland. The Radfords acquired the car in 1962. Early on in their ownership, the Radfords properly reinstalled the second cowl. The car would remain with the Radfords for the next two decades. It was used extensively on tours throughout the United States and Canada.

In 1979, the car was purchased by auto show promoter and SEMA Hall of Fame inductee Robert Larivee Sr. of Pontiac, Michigan. Mr. Jim Brucker was also a partner in its purchase. It was displayed at Brucker's Movie World Cars of the Stars Museum, still mostly original and never having been fully restored.

It was shown 'as is' at the 1981 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, as a preservation example. After that, it was treated to a restoration. The total cost for the work was $115,000.

After the work was completed, it returned to Pebble Beach in 1983. The car scored 97 points because the restoration was not fully complete, and the car lacked side curtains, but still managed to earn Third in Class. After the Concours, it returned to the restoration show for final completion and detailing, ultimate earning 99.5 points and Best of Show at the Grand Classic at Hudson, Ohio in 1985.

The car was later sold to John Mozart, followed by a Mr. Paul Quinn, of Boston Massachusetts. The current owner acquired the car in 1988.

This Sixteen is equipped with Pilot-Ray steering headlights, a radiator stone guard, dual Klaxon horns, a trunk rack, dual taillights, fanned tips on the dual exhaust, and full metal covers with pedestal mirrors on the side-mounts. The current restoration work is around a quarter-of-a-century old.

Of the Style 4260 phaetons built, fifty-two were constructed in 1930 and thirty-three in 1931.

In 2012, this car was offered for sale by RM Auctions at their Monterey, CA sale. The car was estimated to sell for $650,000 - $850,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $465,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2012

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2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction

Lot was not sold

2012 RM Auctions - Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $650,000-USD $850,000 
Sale Price :
USD $465,000

1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 CADILLAC SERIES 452A V-16 ROADSTER
Chassis#: 7/1/2338
Sold for USD$379,000
  2022 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
 
1931 Cadillac V-16 All-Weather Phaeton by Fleetwood
Sold for USD$129,250
  2021 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen image  1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen image  
1931 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood
Chassis#: 7/1/2577
Sold for USD$242,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen image  1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen image  
1931 Cadillac 452B V-16 Roadster
Chassis#: 702201
Sold for USD$517,900
  2021 Worldwide Auctioneers : The 14th Annual Auburn Auction
 
1931 Cadillac V-16 Seven-Passenger Imperial Sedan by Fleetwood
Sold for USD$72,800
  2020 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen image  1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen image  
1931 Cadillac V-16 'Woodie' Convertible Coupe
Sold for USD$82,500
  2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen image  1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen image  
1931 Cadillac 452-A V-16 Sport Phaeton
Sold for USD$390,000
  2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen image  
1931 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood
Chassis#: 7/1/2994
Sold for USD$670,737
  2018 RM Sothebys : London
 
1931 CADILLAC V-16 LANCEFIELD CONVERTIBLE VICTORIA
Chassis#: 702873
Sold for USD$577,500
  2017 Dragone Lime Rock Park
 
1931 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 TOWN BROUGHAM
Chassis#: 703164
Sold for USD$259,073
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
 
1931 Cadillac V-16 Roadster in the style of Fleetwood
Sold for USD$319,000
  2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
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1931 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Special Dual Cowl Phaeton by Fleetwood
Sold for USD$465,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen image  
1931 Cadillac Imperial V16 Limo Fleetwood
Sold for USD$143,000
  2012 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale, Fl
 
1931 Cadillac V16 Roadster by Fleetwood
Sold for USD$418,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen image  
1931 Cadillac 452 V-16 Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 702401
Sold for USD$410,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen image  1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen image  
1931 Cadillac V16 Roadster
Chassis#: 703165
Sold for USD$404,687
  2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 703249
Sold for USD$550,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
 
1931 Cadillac V-16 All Weather Phaeton
Sold for USD$185,000
  2009 Leake Auctions - Tulsa - 37th Annual Leake Auto Auction - QuikTrip Center
 
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16
Chassis#: 703110
Sold for USD$231,000
  2009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction
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1931 Cadillac 452A V-16
Sold for USD$632,500
  2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company
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Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteens That Failed To Sell At Auction

1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Special Dual Cowl Phaeton7026772022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Auburn Auction   
1931 Cadillac Series 452A V-16 Coach Sill Convertible Coupe7-29212022 Mecum : Kissimmee   
1931 Cadillac Series 452A V-16 Coach Sill Convertible Coupe7028072021 Mecum : Monterey$575,000$700,000$850,000
1931 Cadillac Series 452A V-16 Coach Sill Convertible Coupe7-29212021 Mecum : Indy 2021$900,000$900,000$1,100,000
1931 Cadillac Series 452A V-16 Coach Sill Convertible2921-7-12020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours $700,000$900,000
1931 Cadillac V16 Convertible Victoria par Lancefield7028732017 Artcurial : Retromobile $600,000$900,000
1931 Cadillac V16 Five Passenger Imperial Landau Cabriolet7025842016 Dragone : The Boston Cup Auction $350,000$375,000
1931 Cadillac 452A 2010 Branson Auctions Spring 2010$500,000  
1931 Cadillac V-16 All Weather Phaeton 2009 Leake Auctions Dallas 37th Annual Leake Auto Auction Market Hall$155,000  
1931 Cadillac V-16 Series 452A All-Weather Phaeton7005432009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $250,000$280,000
1930 Cadillac V16 Sport Phaeton7024012008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions$475,000$500,000$600,000

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1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen Profiles

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Coachwork: Fleetwood
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Roadster
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Coachwork: Fleetwood
Chassis #: 703118
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Boattail Convertible
Coachwork: Pininfarina
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Sport Phaeton Style
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Chassis #: 702677
Engine #: 702677
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen vehicle information
All-Weather Phaeton
Coachwork: Fleetwood
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Roadster
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1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Engine #: 702891
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen vehicle information
Sedan
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Engine #: 703108
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen vehicle information
Imperial
Coachwork: Fleetwood
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen vehicle information
All Weather Phaeton
Coachwork: Fleetwood
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen vehicle information
All Weather Phaeton
Coachwork: Fleetwood
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Fleetwood
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen vehicle information
Sport Phaeton Style
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Engine #: 703225
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen vehicle information
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Chassis #: 7-2921
Engine #: 702807
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All-Weather Phaeton
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Engine #: 701495
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Sport Phaeton Style
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Chassis #: 7-2577
Engine #: 701207
1931 Cadillac Series 452-A Sixteen vehicle information
All-Weather Phaeton
Coachwork: Fleetwood