LaSalle All-Weather Phaeton
The 1927 LaSalle is considered the first American car to have been styled from concept to reality. Smaller and lighter than the Cadillac, it had a similar chassis and a scaled-down L-head V-8 engine. There were 11 standard body styles, all built by Fisher, and four custom Fleetwood models, the most expensive of which sold for $4,700. This was incredible value, representing Cadillac quality at near-$1,000 savings. For 1930, Fleetwood offered six bodies, of which the most expensive was the $3,995 five-passenger All-Weather Phaeton, as the convertible sedan was called.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
90 bhp, 340 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 134"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Darin Schnabel