For 1935, Cadillac made very few changes to the 370D Series 40. Its name was perhaps its biggest change, receiving the Series 40 designation. It also received a new bumper. The engine was a 45-degree overhead valve twelve cylinder engine that offered 150 horsepower. There was a synchromesh three-speed transmission with twin disc clutch. It was available in a wealth of Fleetwood body styles resting on a 146-inch platform. Pricing ranged from the mid-$4,000 through $6,300 (and up).
Carrozzeria, Italian meaning coachbuilder, is an individual or company that bodies carriages or automobiles. The name in German is Karosserie. These skills were needed during the early part of the 1900's to fabricate enclosures for rolling chassis. The materials used were mostly wooden or metal. As the evolution of automobile production evolved, manufacturers brought the design and development in-house, making individual coachbuilders a dying breed.
Unibody construction has mostly eliminated the need for coachbuilders. Many coachbuilders were purchased or merged by the automobile manufacturers. Others became highly specialized and worked on a contract basis, mostly for high priced, luxury automobiles.
Fleetwood Metal Body was a coachbuilder during the early 1900s. The name is from Fleetwood, Pennsylvania the birthplace of the company. They specialized in the production of wood and metal bodies. They were large and luxurious and often purchased by the rich and famous. Fleetwood was purchased by Fisher Body in 1925 and integrated into General Motors in 1931.
The luxury segment of General Motors was Cadillac, so it was only natural that Fleetwood would aide in the design and creation of bodies for the Cadillac marque. In 1927 the name appeared on Cadillac's representing their top of the line vehicles. In 1946 Cadillac offered an upscale version of its Series 60, dubbed the Series 60 Special Fleetwood. The name was later used on the Series 70 and Sixty Special models through 1976. The name continued to appear on Cadillac vehicles as late as 1996. by Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2011
The Town Cabriolets were often known as 'town cars' and they often were very elegant with a sporty formal styling. The distinctive appearance of the 1934 Cadillac was continued for 1935 with only minor changes. They also continued the Series 370-D de....[continue reading]
Less than a year after launching the spectacular V16, Cadillac introduced the more modest V12 in September of 1930. Like its big brother, the V12 struggled for survival as the Great Depression deepened. The 368 cubic-inch engine produced 150 horsep....[continue reading]
Several Fleetwood-bodied Town Car styles were offered on the Cadillac V-12 chassis for 1935, among them, two Town Cabriolet styles with closed rear quarters. These opulent cars were the most expensive production Cadillac V-12s, with a new price tag o....[continue reading]