Cadillac Model 355-A Convertible Coupe
While the world’s economies continued to shudder under the deepening effects of the Great Depression, Cadillac hoped to capture the elite segments of the American luxury-car market by introducing its V-16-powered Series 452 models in 1930, followed by the their V-12 counterparts the following year. Clear styling cues and many technical refinements were subsequently passed down from the company’s flagships to the more affordable eight-cylinder models, thereby adding a heightened degree of luxury, refinement, and style to every Cadillac in production. Moreover, Harley Earl’s Art and Color Department, formed in 1927, was in the midst of a stylistic revolution that would catapult the marque to the top of the American fine-car market during the 1930s and for decades to come.
At first glance, the eight-cylinder Series 355-A line for 1931 was quite similar to the Series 353 models that preceded it, although the overall design theme now incorporated a decided shift toward lower and sportier overall proportions. The elongated hood now featured five hood ports, while metal floorboards, an oval instrument panel, single-bar bumper, dual horns, and slightly smaller headlights further defined the new 355-A. Mechanically, the 353-cubic inch V-8 engine remained unchanged, but the frame, with its divergent side rails, was brand new. In addition to the six bodies by Fisher that were available for Cadillac’s V-8 model Fleetwoods, having been acquired by General Motors just six years earlier, seven available bodies were also offered.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2012 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.
95 bhp, 353 cu. in. L-head V-8 engine, three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, ¾-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 134"
Source: RM Auctions