1938 Cadillac Series 90 Coupe / 5270181 Chassis Information

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

1938 Cadillac Series 90 photograph

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Coupe
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Chassis #: 5270181
This Fleetwood bodied car was one of the first designed by Bill Mitchell at age 23, when he was promoted by Harley Earl to Chief Stylist for the Cadillac Division.

The car was one of the first with the steering column mounted transmission shifter. This car is number 10 of 13, series 9029, built and sold in 1938. It is equipped with a V-16 flathead L-Head engine of unique design with a 135-degree angle between cylinders. It has nine main bearings and was very strong and many were adapted for stationary use such as pumps in the petroleum industry.


By Daniel Vaughan | Aug 2010
Coupe
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Chassis #: 5270181
This 1938 Cadillac V-16 Divider Window Convertible Sedan by Fleetwood was offered for sale at the 2007 Sports and Classic Car Auction presented by The Worldwide Group, in Hilton Head Island, SC where it was estimated to sell for $225,000 - $275,000. It is one of thirteen build and one of only eight known to exist in modern times. Of the thirteen created, three were extended wheelbase models used for Government use. The other ten were identical, with five being accounted for in modern times. The first owner was MGM, and they ordered it with an additional divider window from the factory, making this unique.

This car has been treated to a frame-off restoration. It is finished in Ox Blood Maroon with a matching maroon interior and tan top. It has been owned by three owners since new, with the original owner (MGM) owning the car until 1970. While in MGM's care, it is reported that several famous fil stars of the day used this car for various types of transportation.

Unique options to this car include the divider window, two-zone heater including a rear floor heater, factory spot lights on both sides of the automobile, factory Master AM radio, and Trippe driving lights.

At auction the bidding surpassed the estimated value, selling for $286,000 including buyer's premium. It is a car packed with potential for both concours events and driving tours. It is a very unique vehicle with a wonderful history and powered by a sixteen cylinder power-plant. The coachwork is exquisite and truly a testament to the craftsmanship of the Fleetwood Company.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2007


No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

2019 3
2018 5
2017 5
2016 1
2015 3
2014 1
2013 1
2012 6
2011 2
2010 4

1938 Cadillac Series 90 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1938 sales)
1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 Seven-Passenger Sedan
Chassis#: 7271119
Sold for $74,000
  2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Corpus Christi Old Car Museum Auction
 
1938 Cadillac Series 38-90 7-Passenger Imperial Limousine
Sold for $54,880
  2019 Bonhams : Tupelo Auction
 
1938 Cadillac Series 90 5-Passenger Sedan
Chassis#: 5270127
Sold for $41,440
  2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island
1938 Cadillac Series 90 image  
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 Series 90 image  
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 Series 90 image  
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
 

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 Sedan
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 5270127
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 901938 Town Car
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 5270310
Chassis information for the Cadillac Series 901939 Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Engine Num: 5290069
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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