1938 Cadillac Series 90 Convertible Coupe Vehicle Profile

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 901938 Cadillac Series 90
Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Engine # 5270250
Sold for $325,000 at 2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona.
Sold for $200,000 at 2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall.
The second-generation V-16 Cadillac engine was introduced for 1938. It featured a simple side-valve configuration, a more conventional design, and an unusual 135-degree bank angle. It offered comparable horsepower and torque while weighing 250 pounds less and was less costly to build than its predecessor.

The new Series 90 V-16 engine used the same chassis of the same 141.25-inch wheelbase as the eight-cylinder Series 75, and both received the same Fleetwood bodies. This allowed pricing to be significantly reduced from previous years.

The catalog for 1938 and 1939 Series 90 models included twelve bodies, all wearing styles by Cadillac's Chief Designer Bill Mitchell.

This particular example is one of just 10 convertible coupes built on the Series 90 V-16 chassis in 1938. It originally wore a Moleskin Gray exterior, a color code that matches the paint code (number 6) shown on the original Fleetwood firewall tag. Originally sold in Rochester, New York, the Cadillac had made its way to Pennsylvania by the 1960s.

The car's next owner was Ted Johnson, who had the car restored by George Holman of Massachusetts. Mr. Holman then purchased the car and traded it to Rick Carroll of Jensen Beach, Florida.

At some point, it received its bright red exterior.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2017

2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall

Sale Price :
$200,000

2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$325,000-$375,000 
Lot was not sold

2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$350,000-$450,000 
Sale Price :
$325,000

2018 5
2017 5
2016 1
2015 3
2014 1
2013 1
2012 6
2011 2
2010 4
2008 2

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$139,550$200,0005
2017$70,780$121,0005
2016$325,000$325,0001
2015$128,150$291,5003
2014$52,800$52,8001
2013$79,200$79,2001
2012$183,158$440,0006
2011$189,356$191,7112
2010$89,650$165,0004
2008$331,375$616,0002

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Coupe Conversion
Chassis#: 5270136
Sold for $189,750
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1938 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan by Fleetwood
Chassis#: 5270060
Sold for $176,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1938 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Coupe by Fleetwood
Sold for $200,000
  2018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
1938 Cadillac Series 90 image  1938 Cadillac Series 90 image  
1938 CADILLAC V16 SERIES 90
Chassis#: 5270127
Sold for $60,500
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Northeast
 
1938 Cadillac V-16 Town Sedan
Chassis#: 5270283
Sold for $71,500
  2018 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale
1938 Cadillac Series 90 image  1938 Cadillac Series 90 image  
1938 CADILLAC V-16 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Chassis#: 5270060
Sold for $70,400
  2017 Dragone Lime Rock Park
 
1938 Cadillac 38-90 V-16 Imperial Sedan Coachwork by Fleetwood
Chassis#: 5270245
Sold for $82,500
  2017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1938 Cadillac Series 90 image  1938 Cadillac Series 90 image  
1938 CADILLAC V-16
Sold for $48,000
  2017 Leake Auction - Dallas
 
1938 Cadillac Series 90 Fleetwood Convertible
Sold for $32,000
  2017 Mecum : Houston
 
1938 CADILLAC SERIES 90 V16 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 5270045
Sold for $121,000
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1938 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Coupe by Fleetwood
Sold for $325,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Arizona
1938 Cadillac Series 90 image  1938 Cadillac Series 90 image  
1938 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 5270060
Sold for $291,500
  2015 Dragone Auction - Fall
 
1938 Cadillac V-16 Series 90 Fleetwood Limousine
Chassis#: 5270227
Sold for $46,750
  2015 Motostalgia Auction - Indianapolis Brickyard
 
1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Fleetwood Seven-Passenger Touring Sedan
Sold for $46,200
  2015 Auctions America - Auburn Spring
 
1938 CADILLAC V16 SEDAN
Chassis#: 5270127
Sold for $52,800
  2014 Barrett-Jackson's 43RD Annual Scottsdale Auction
 
1938 CADILLAC 7 PASSENGER LIMOUSINE
Chassis#: 5270162
Sold for $79,200
  2013 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale
 
1938 Cadillac V16
Sold for $48,950
  2012 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1938 Cadillac V16 Convertible Coupe
Sold for $210,000
  2012 Mecum's 25th Original Spring Classic - Indianapolis
 
1938 Cadillac Series 90 V16 Formal Sedan
Sold for $60,500
  2012 Worldwide Auctions - The Houston Classic Auction
 
1938 Cadillac V16 Town Sedan 452 CI, 3-Speed
Sold for $70,000
  2012 Mecum - Houston, Tx
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1938 Cadillac Series 90's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-1652702892018 Mecum : Los Angeles$200,000  
1938 CADILLAC V-16 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN52702042017 Dragone Lime Rock Park $85,000$10,000
1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Convertible Coupe52702892017 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $275,000$325,000
1938 Cadillac V16 Series 38-90 Convertible Coupe (LHD) 2017 Shannons Sydney Autumn Classic   
1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Convertible 2017 Mecum : Indianapolis$260,000  
1938 Cadillac V16 Series 38-90 Convertible Coupe (LHD) 2017 Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic   
1938 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Coupe by Fleetwood 2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island $325,000$375,000
1938 Cadillac V16 Convertible 2015 Hollywood Motors : Amelia Island Select   
1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Limousine52702582014 The 7th Annual Auburn Auction $70,000$90,000
1938 Cadillac Series 9 2014 Mecum Kissimmee$40,000  
1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Sedan 2013 Auctions America Auburn Fall$43,000  
1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Seven-Passenger Sedan 2013 Auctions America Auburn Fall$50,000  
1938 Cadillac Sixty Special Fleetwood Restomod Sedan 2013 Auctions America Auburn Fall$22,500  
1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Fleetwood Formal Sedan 2013 Auctions America Auburn Fall$41,000  
1938 Cadillac Series 38-90 9019 5-Passenger Sedan 2013 Leake Car Auctions Tulsa Ok$49,000  
1938 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Coupe 2013 Auctions America Auburn Spring$275,000  
1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Fleetwood 7-Passenger Sedan 2013 Auctions America Ft Lauderdale$50,000  
1938 Cadillac V-16 Sedan 2012 Auctions America Auburn Fall$50,000  
1938 Cadillac V16 Presidential Convertible Parade Limousine52700752010 RM Auctions Automobiles of Amelia Island$185,000$400,000$600,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901938 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Engine Num: 5270250
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901938 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901938 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901938 Fleetwood Fastback Limousine
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901938 Formal Sedan
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901938 Presidential Convertible Parade Limousine
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 5270075
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901938 Imperial Sedan
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 5270103
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901938 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 5270181
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901938 7-Passenger Imperial Sedan
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 5270245
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901938 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 5270276
Engine Num: 5270276
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901938 Imperial Sedan
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 5270283
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901938 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 5270289
Engine Num: 5270289
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901939 Sedan
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901939 Sedan
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 5290045
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901939 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 5290067
Engine Num: 5290067
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901939 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 5290093
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901939 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 5290710
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen1940 Derham Town Car
Coachbuilder: Derham
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen1940 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen1940 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen1940 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen1940 Convertible Sedan
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen1940 Formal Sedan
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 5320019
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen1940 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 5320042
Engine Num: 5320042


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