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1930 LaSalle Model 340

Chassis number : 603471

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Sold for $49,500 at 2007 Vintage Motor Car Auction at Meadow Brook Hall.
The Lasalle Company was introduced by General Motors in 1927 as a alternative model to Cadillac. There had been a large price gap between the Buick and Cadillac model line and GM felt a new marque would be appropriate. The LaSalle line was designed by Harley Earl who worked in the newly formed Art and Color department. Inspired by the best of American and European styles, the vehicles were stunning and elegant. The designs were so successful that within a few years, the Cadillac vehicles were updated to resemble the design. By 1929 the LaSalle vehicles were outselling Cadillac's and a year later accounted for 75 percent of the Cadillac's sales.

This vehicle has a three-speed synchromesh transmission, shaft drive and a 340 cubic-inch engine. Mechanical drum brakes can be found at all four corners. The 134 inch wheelbase is suspended by leaf springs and sold axle in the front and leaf springs and live axle in the rear.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2007
Sold for $49,500 at 2007 Vintage Motor Car Auction at Meadow Brook Hall.
This 1930 LaSalle Town Sedan was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook where it was estimated to sell between $55,000 - $65,000. The car is powered by a 340 cubic-inch side-valve V8 engine that is capable of producing 90 horsepower. The engine is mated to a three-speed synchromesh gearbox and there are four-wheel mechanical drum brakes.

The LaSalle marque was introduced by General Motors in 1927 as a way to bridge the price gap between Buick and Cadillac. The design of these vehicles were left up to GM's newly created Art and Color department, with legendary Harley Earl serving as the head of the department. From this group, the elegant and memorable designs of the LaSalle were created, featuring design cues inspired by European marques. The front was similar to that of a Hispano-Suiza and soon would be found on the Cadillac models. The bodies were handled by either Fisher or Fleetwood. The combination was so successful that LaSalle outsold Cadillac for 1929 and a year later accounted for 75 percent of Cadillac's sales.

The Town Sedan was a Fisher design and sits on-top of a 134-inch wheelbase. This example was treated to a restoration during the mid-1990s. It has been shown at several events and has been awarded a Senior First badge by the Cadillac LaSalle Club and the Classic Car Club of America.

There were around 3,000 examples created of this model and they carried a price tag of $2,590. It is believed that fewer than ten exist in modern time. The vehicles rarity and well-kept restoration had bidders driving the sale price to $49,500.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2007

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2007 Vintage Motor Car Auction at Meadow Brook Hall

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $55,000-USD $65,000 
Sale Price :
USD $49,500

1930 LaSalle Model 340 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the LaSalle Model 340

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Lasalle 340 Sedan
Sold for USD$18,500
  2018 Carlisle Auction : Fall Carlisle
 
1930 LaSalle 340 Sedan
Sold for USD$17,750
  2018 GAA : Jerry & June Smith Collection
 
1930 LaSalle Convertible Coupe
Sold for USD$71,000
  2018 Leake Auction : Oklahoma City
 
1930 LaSalle V-8 Fleetshire Phaeton by Fleetwood
Chassis#: 8721020
Sold for USD$64,400
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
1930 LaSalle Model 340 image  1930 LaSalle Model 340 image  
1930 LaSalle 340 Phaeton
Chassis#: 605803
Sold for USD$66,000
  2017 Carlisle Auctions : Fall Carlisle
1930 LaSalle Model 340 image  1930 LaSalle Model 340 image  
1930 La Salle Four-Passenger Phaeton
Chassis#: 605083
Sold for USD$60,500
  2017 The Auburn Auction : Worldwide Auctioneers
 
1930 LaSalle 340 Five-Passenger Fleetshire Phaeton by Fleetwood
Sold for USD$82,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
1930 LaSalle Model 340 image  
1930 LaSalle 340 Seven-Passenger Fleetlands Touring by Fleetwood
Sold for USD$82,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
1930 LaSalle Model 340 image  1930 LaSalle Model 340 image  
1930 LaSalle All-Weather Phaeton
Chassis#: 610649
Sold for USD$66,000
  2012 RM Auctions at Amelia Island, Fla
1930 LaSalle Model 340 image  1930 LaSalle Model 340 image  
1930 LASALLE 340 SEDAN
Chassis#: 612174
Sold for USD$37,400
  2011 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2011
 
1930 LaSalle Model 340 Town Sedan
Sold for USD$49,500
  2007 Vintage Motor Car Auction at Meadow Brook Hall
1930 LaSalle Model 340 image  1930 LaSalle Model 340 image  
1930 LaSalle 5 Passenger Sedan
Chassis#: 612308
Sold for USD$11,825
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars and Boats at the Houston Classic
 
1930 LA SALLE PHAETON
Sold for USD$51,750
  2004 Bonhams - MOTORCARS BROOKLINE
 
1930 LASALLE 340 FLEETWOOD PHAETON
Sold for USD$47,300
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2001
 

LaSalle Model 340s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1930 LaSalle Model 340's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1930 Lasalle 340 Sedan 2018 Carlisle Auction : Spring   
1930 La Salle 340 Roadster6078522017 Artcurial : Retromobile $180,000$260,000
1930 La Salle Series 340 Seven-Passenger Sedan6148572011 H & H Pavilion Gardens   
1930 LaSalle Five Passenger Phaeton87210202006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook$55,000$90,000$120,000

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1930 LaSalle Model 340 vehicle thumbnail image  1930 LaSalle Model 340 vehicle thumbnail image  
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1930 LaSalle Model 340 Profiles

1930 LaSalle Model 340 vehicle information
Five Passenger Phaeton
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Chassis #: 8721020
1930 LaSalle Model 340 vehicle information
Town Sedan
Coachwork: Fisher
Chassis #: 603471
1930 LaSalle Model 340 vehicle information
Five Passenger Phaeton
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Chassis #: 610649
1930 LaSalle Model 340 vehicle information
Rumbleseat Convertible
Coachwork: Fisher
1930 LaSalle Model 340 vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Engine #: 604401
1930 LaSalle Model 340 vehicle information
Five Passenger Phaeton
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Engine #: 605131
Vin #: 6-5754