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1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16

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In 1937 Cadillac built fifty of their most expensive Series 90 V-16 chassis, and all but two were bodied in-house by Fleetwood. This chassis was delivered to Lausanne, Switzerland, to be bodied by Carrosserie Willy Hartmann per an order by local resident Philippe Barraud, a wealthy paper mill heir and playboy of the 1930s. Barraud wanted an outrageous, bespoke automobile to suit his stylish lifestyle. Stretching 22 feet in length, the car was designed in the sweeping cabriolet style of the Delahaye built by Figoni & Falaschi for the 1936 Paris Auto Salon. The car soon suffered several accidents, possibly because its size was unsuitable for small European roads, and it was permanently parked in 1939. Then it was all but abandoned until the summer of 1968 when a second owner acquired it for just $925. Over the following 50 years, it changed hands many times and gained several non-original embellishments, but this unique and imposing Cadillac V-16 now has been meticulously restored to its original configuration and its original off-white paintwork with distinctive gray body stripe and fender skirts for its debut at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

The current owner, who treated the car to its restoration, purchased the vehicle intact, retaining its original drivetrain and much of the original bodywork. There were numerous modifications, but after intense research and many hours, it had been returned to its original splendor.

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1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Cadillac Series 90 V16

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
1937 Cadillac V-16 Seven-Passenger Limousine by Fleetwood
Sold for USD$132,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
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1937 Cadillac V-16 Seven-Passenger Limousine by Fleetwood
Chassis#: 5130347
Sold for USD$110,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 image  
1937 Cadillac V-16 Custom Imperial Cabriolet
Sold for USD$206,250
  2014 Auctions America - BidAnywhere
 
1937 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Phaeton
Chassis#: 5130311
Sold for USD$962,500
  2012 RM - Milhous Collection, Fla
 
1937 Cadillac Series 90
Sold for USD$192,500
  2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook
1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 image  1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 image  

Cadillac Series 90 V16s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1937 Cadillac V-16 Custom Imperial Cabriolet by Fleetwood51303132011 RM Auctions Concours d'Elegance at St. Johns$130,000$150,000$200,000

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1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 Profiles

1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Fleetwood
1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 vehicle information
Aero-Dynamic Coupe
Coachwork: Fleetwood
1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 vehicle information
Aero-Dynamic Coupe
Coachwork: Fleetwood
1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 vehicle information
Stationary Coupe
Coachwork: Fleetwood
1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 vehicle information
Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Chassis #: 5130349
Limousine (Modified V Windshield
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Chassis #: 5130347
Engine #: 5130347
1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Hartmann
1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 vehicle information
Limousine (Modified V Windshield
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Engine #: 5130306
1937 Cadillac Series 90 V16 vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Fleetwood