Magnificent twelve-cylinder Cadillac with original Phaeton coachwork. Multiple award winner with desirable factory accessories. Highly authentic restoration, lightly matured and ready for enjoyment.
This stunning 1931 Cadillac Series 370 brilliantly captures the sporting character of the V12 with its evocative, original Phaeton coachwork on the 140-inch wheelbase chassis. Restored in the late 1990s under the stewardship of Mr. D. Richard Shonk of Ashton, Maryland, it is an exquisite example and a recipient of numerous accolades from the CCCA, Cadillac LaSalle Club, and AACA. With Mr. Shonk, the Cadillac won consecutive AACA National First Prize and a Grand National First Prize awards in 1997 and 1998. It tied for first prize at the 2002 Dearborn, Michigan Cadillac-LaSalle Club meet, earning senior badge number 418. Other well-known collectors to count this Cadillac as their own include Robert Perry, followed by Richard and Linda Kughn in 2008. While part of the impressive Kughn collection, the Cadillac continued to be shown, earning a CCCA Senior badge along the way. Benefiting from expert care through the years, it remains in outstanding condition, with signs of light maturation now beginning to appear. Factory build records verify this as a genuine Phaeton, retaining its original body, engine, steering gear, and other components.
The impressive array of awards speaks to the quality of the restoration. The color combination of burgundy fenders and top surfaces, with dove gray body sides, and a scarlet red chassis makes a bold statement. Scarlet coach stripes tie the color scheme together nicely, with an effect that is elegant yet breathtaking. This particular body is style number 4760 from the Fleetwood catalog. Similar in style to Fleetwood’s Sport Phaeton, it does without the latter’s division window and rear compartment instruments. It is believed that just 128 V12s received this magnificent coachwork. This car carries many period-correct accessories, including dual Pilot Ray spot lamps, Goddess mascot, dual side-mount spare wheels with painted steel covers, folding windscreen, and a color-keyed genuine Cadillac accessory trunk. A small integrated trunk in the body houses the full set of matching side curtains for the tan canvas top.