Cadillac V-12 Convertible Sedan by Fleetwood

Cadillacs were little changed for 1935 and were essentially carried over from the previous year. The main differences were the abandonment of the fragile bi-plane bumpers, which were expensive to manufacture and difficult to repair, plus the addition of the all-steel turret top on Fisher-bodied models. Cadillac built a total of 3,636 cars for the year, including 3,209 V-8s, 377 V-12s, and only 50 V-16s. The Series 40 V-12 lineup was comprised of no less than 18 models, using only Fleetwood bodies and a 146-inch chassis. The five-passenger V-12 convertible sedan with division, style number 5780, had a base price of $4,995.

Painted deep maroon with matching-paint wire wheels and side-mounted spares, this CCCA Full Classic is fitted with a contrasting tan convertible roof and matching tan cloth interior. It includes the division window and has been part of the collection of its long-term owner, the late Tom Sparks, of Hollywood, California, since 1974. The Cadillac is believed to have been sold new to actor Harold Lloyd and has always been referred to as the “Lloyd Cadillac.”

Model 370-D. Series 40. 150 hp, 368 cu. in. OHV V-12 engine, three-speed selective synchromesh transmission, independent front suspension with coil springs, ¾-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel vacuum assisted mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 146 in.

Part of the RM Auctions event in Arizona in January, 2013.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Hugh Hamilton

Cadillac V-12 Convertible Sedan by Fleetwood