1931 Cadillac 355 Eight Vehicle Profile

Roadster
Coachwork: Fleetwood
It was 1915 when Cadillac introduced its very first V-8 engine. Later, in 1930 they would introduce the V-16, not only did Cadillac offer a variety of body styles over the years, but also a full complement of available drive-trains.

Despite the economic downturn, Cadillac, like other prestige manufacturers found itself in the middle of the 'cylinder wars,' which they basically started after firing the first shot in 1930 by introducing the V-16. They added a V-12 model for 1931, and the Twelve and Sixteen shared parts as well as dimensions and angles, so production didn't have to proceed from scratch. A bright-white Series 370 V-12 roadster was driven by Willard 'Big Boy' Rader and paced that year's Indianapolis 500. While the flagship V-12's and V-16's gathered all the fanfare, the V-8 powered models like this convertible coupe sold in steady numbers helping Cadillac's bottom line during difficult economic times.

After the Great Depression, Cadillac produced an exceptionally wide range of body styles and even more engine choices. The 355-A, such as this example, is slightly longer in length than the earlier styles and it features the 'rectangular doors' offering easier entry and exit.

Engine horsepower was slightly under one hundred and for the 1931 model year Cadillac would sell fewer than 11,000 examples of this model. The wheelbase is 134 inches, and the power train features a three-speed synchromesh transmission. The famed Harley Earl was acknowledged as the chief designer at the time.

This car was originally delivered new to Philadelphia in November of 1931, later residing in Connecticut and then Indiana. It was found derelict and removed from a Goshen, Indiana, orchard in 1969 by its previous owner. Some work was done though it essentially remained in storage until 1992, when purchased by its current caretakers, who completed the restoration in 2017. It retains the original chassis, engine, transmission, rear axle, and the Fleetwood body as shown on the original factory build sheet.

Chassis#

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Analysis

Chassis number Auction Sales History

2018 2
2017 3
2016 2
2015 1
2014 3
2013 2
2012 3
2011 4
2009 2
2008 3

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$58,575$93,5002
2017$90,800$169,4003
2016$140,250$154,0002
2015$101,200$101,2001
2014$121,554$132,0003
2013$51,000$74,5002
2012$134,667$165,0003
2011$41,306$71,5004
2009$42,900$52,2502
2008$97,167$118,2503

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 Cadillac 355A
Sold for $23,650
  2018 Russo & Steele : Scottsdale
 
1931 Cadillac 355A Dual Cowl Phaeton
Sold for $93,500
  2018 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1931 Cadillac 355A Dual Cowl Phaeton
Sold for $85,000
  2017 Mecum : Dallas
 
1931 Cadillac V-8 Roadster by Fleetwood
Sold for $169,400
  2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1931 Cadillac 355A
Chassis#: 808127
Sold for $18,000
  2017 Mecum : Monterey
    
1931 Cadillac Eight Roadster by Fleetwood
Sold for $154,000
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Fall
 
1931 CADILLAC 355 A V8 CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 801187
Sold for $126,500
  2016 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, AZ
 
1931 Cadillac 355-A V-8 Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 801187
Sold for $101,200
  2015 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1931 Cadillac 355A Coupe
Sold for $117,161
  2014 Collector Car - Toronto Fall Classic
 
1931 Cadillac Series 355-A Roadster
Sold for $132,000
  2014 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale
 
1931 CADILLAC 355 A CONVERTIBLE
Chassis#: 801930
Sold for $115,500
  2014 Barrett-Jackson's 43RD Annual Scottsdale Auction
 
1931 Cadillac V-8 Town Sedan by Fisher
Chassis#: 800667
Sold for $27,500
  2013 RM Auction - Hershey
    
1931 Cadillac Series 355-A Roadster
Sold for $74,500
  2013 Leake Car Auctions - Tulsa Ok
 
1931 Cadillac Dual Cowl Phaeton
Sold for $85,000
  2012 Mecum - Dallas, TX
 
1931 Cadillac Model 355-A 2/4-Passenger Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 808246
Sold for $165,000
  2012 RM Auctions - St. Johns, Michigan
 
1931 Cadillac 355A Convertible Coupe
Sold for $154,000
  2012 Worldwide Auctions - The Houston Classic Auction
 
1931 Cadillac 355 4-door
Chassis#: 872120
Sold for $27,500
  2011 Russo and Steele - Monterey Auction
 
1931 Cadillac 355-A Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: 804429
Sold for $65,520
  2011 Bonhams - Port Townsend Aero Museum
 
1931 Cadillac 355-A Sedan Parts Car
Sold for $702
  2011 Bonhams - Port Townsend Aero Museum
 
1931 CADILLAC 355 A ROADSTER
Chassis#: 804574
Sold for $71,500
  2011 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2011
 

No Sale

1931 Cadillac 355 Eight's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Cadillac 355a 2017 Russo & Steele : Newport Beach   
1931 Cadillac Fleetwood Drophead Coupe8094712016 Coys : Mondial De L'Automobile Paris $80,000$90,000
1931 CADILLAC 355 A V8 CONVERTIBLE8011872015 BarrettJackson : Las Vegas   
1931 Cadillac 355A Convertible Coupe 2015 Auctions America Auburn Fall$140,000  
1931 Cadillac Series 355 V-8 Roadster by Fleetwood 2015 Auctions America Fort Lauderdale$67,500  
1931 Cadillac Series 355-A Convertible Coupe 2014 Auctions America Auburn Fall$140,000  
1931 Cadillac Series 355 V-8 Roadster 2014 Auctions America Auburn Fall$69,000  
1931 Cadillac 355 Eight8087212009 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook$120,000$125,000$175,000
1931 Cadillac Sport Phaeton Series 355 2009 Mecum Monterey Auction$100,000  
1931 Cadillac Model 355 Convertible Coupe 2005 Michigan International Fall Classic Car Auction$35,000  
1931 Cadillac Model 355 Convertible Coupe5061622005 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall$54,000$65,000$85,000
1931 Cadillac Model 355-D Convertible Coupe8377972005 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island$70,000$80,000$100,000
1931 CADILLAC PHAETON FOUR DOOR 2002 Kruse Auction Ft. Lauderdale, FL$61,000  
1931 CADILLAC PHAETON FOUR DOOR 2001 Kruse Auction Tulsa, OK$125,000  

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