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1931 LaSalle Model 345A Dual Windshield Touring / 900954 Vehicle Information

1931 LaSalle Model 345A photograph

1931 LaSalle Model 345A
Sold for $95,000 at 2008 Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction.
Sold for $52,650 at 2009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia.
Since many of Buick's affluent customers were wanting more and usually finding it at other marques (such as Packard), GM decided to create a new line of vehicles that could cater to their needs. It was positioned between Buick and Cadillac and aimed at recapturing a large portion of the market that could not yet afford a Cadillac, but wanted something more than what Buick had to offer.

The LaSalle was powered by a V-8 engine that followed Cadillac tradition, but lacked the fork-and-blade connecting rods. It was less expensive to build and was made simpler and less complex that its Cadillac cousin. The engine worked so well that it was later enlarged and used for the 1928 Cadillac.

The LaSalle brand was formally introduced on March 5th of 1927 and priced at $2,685. The Buicks sold for around $1,925 while bottom-end Cadillac's went for $3,195. The LaSalle was exactly $100 higher than the equivalent Fifth Series Packard. The engine offered 75 horsepower and was capable of 70 mph.

Two-tone color combinations were a novelty at this time, and the LaSalles created a sensation by wearing them. The hoods and cowls were finished in darker hues than the rest of the body, and 'cheat' lines and belt molding effects served to accentuate the car's compactness.

THe 1928 models remained mostly unchanged from the previous year. The 12 broad hood louvers were replaced with a set of 28 narrow louvers. The engine received a boost in power, now up to 80.

The 345A was introduced in 1931 and it was basically a 'lower' version of a Cadillac. Both rode on a 134-inch wheelbase and both were powered by the 353.3 cubic-inch V8. The main differences were the brand name and the trim.

This car has been in the same ownership for the last 55 years. In 2008 it was brought to auction, the first time in over half a century. It was recently treated to a cosmetic restoration and finished in Carnival Red with Formal Black accents on the exterior. There are dual sidemounts with rear facing mirrors and fender mounted driving lights. In the rear is an accessory luggage rack. There are wire wheels, black interior and leather seat surfaces.

In 2008, this Chrysler CG Imperial was offered for sale at the Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by Worldwide Auctioneers. It had an estimated value of $160,000 - $180,000. As the gavel fell for the third and final time, the lot had been sold for a high bid of $137,500, including buyer's premium.



2009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia

Sale Price :
USD $52,650

2008 Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $115,000-USD $145,000 
Sale Price :
USD $95,000

1931 LaSalle Model 345A Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 Lasalle 345 Series All Weather Phaeton
Chassis#: 909967
Sold for USD$62,700
  2021 Mecum : Monterey
1931 LaSalle Model 345A image  1931 LaSalle Model 345A image  
1931 Lasalle 345A Touring
Sold for USD$63,250
  2020 Mecum : Dallas
 
1931 Lasalle Convertible Sedan
Sold for USD$53,900
  2019 Mecum : Las Vegas
 
1931 LaSalle V-8 Roadster by Fleetwood
Sold for USD$61,600
  2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection
 
1931 LaSalle V-8 Seven-Passenger Touring
Sold for USD$100,000
  2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1931 LaSalle Model 345A image  1931 LaSalle Model 345A image  
1931 LaSalle 345A Seven-Passenger Touring by Fleetwood
Sold for USD$77,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Motor City Auction
1931 LaSalle Model 345A image  1931 LaSalle Model 345A image  
1931 Lasalle Series 345
Sold for USD$51,000
  2014 Fall Carlisle Auction
 
1931 LaSalle Series 345 Rumbleseat Coupe
Sold for USD$33,000
  2014 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
 
1931 La Salle Series 345-A Town Sedan
Chassis#: 909671
Sold for USD$49,605
  2014 H & H Auctions - Pavilion Gardens
 
1931 LASALLE 345 A TOURING
Sold for USD$115,500
  2010 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2010
 
1931 LaSalle Series 345-A 7-Passenger Touring
Chassis#: 900954
Sold for USD$52,650
  2009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
1931 LaSalle Model 345A image  
1931 LaSalle Model 345A
Sold for USD$95,000
  2008 Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction
1931 LaSalle Model 345A image  
1931 LaSalle Model 345A
Sold for USD$63,800
  2008 Automobiles of Amelia Island, RM Auctions
1931 LaSalle Model 345A image  1931 LaSalle Model 345A image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1931 LaSalle Model 345A's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Lasalle 345 Series Coupe 2019 Mecum : Chicago$29,000$40,000$45,000
1931 LaSalle Series 345-A 7-Passenger Touring9099672019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction $90,000$110,000
1931 Lasalle Coupe 2019 Mecum : Kissimmee$27,000  

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LaSalle Model 345A Vehicle Profiles
Rumbleseat Coupe
LaSalle Model 345A Rumbleseat Coupe

Coachbuilder: Fisher
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Town Sedan
LaSalle Model 345A Town Sedan

Coachbuilder: Fisher
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Rumbleseat Roadster
LaSalle Model 345A Rumbleseat Roadster

Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Model Year: 1931
Profile

Tourer
LaSalle Model 345A Tourer

Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Model Year: 1931
Profile
Tourer
LaSalle Model 345A Tourer

Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Engine Num: 900216
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
LaSalle Model 345A Tourer

Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Engine Num: 904735
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History

Dual Windshield Touring
LaSalle Model 345A Dual Windshield Touring

Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 900954
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Coupe
LaSalle Model 345A Coupe

Coachbuilder: Fisher
Chassis Num: 907685
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History
Tourer
LaSalle Model 345A Tourer

Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 909967
Model Year: 1931
Profile and Auction History


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