Despite the enthusiastic reception of Cadillac's 1930 and 1931 models General Motors undertook a complete restyling for 1932. The bodies were longer and lower, starting a Harley Earl and Bill Mitchell trend that wouldn't see its culmination until the 1960's. By the time the 1932 models were introduced in January it was clear that Black Tuesday and its successive economic hits weren't going away quickly. Buyers who hadn't thrown themselves out of Manhattan skyscrapers were probably thankful that the Cadillac V12 and V16 shared coachwork styles and different visually only in details. 1,740 Cadillac 370-B V12's were built in 1932, all on the standard 140" wheelbase, and featured advanced attributes like vacuum-assisted clutch operation, free-wheeling, synchromesh transmissions with quiet constant mesh helical gears on all three forward speeds, mechanical fuel pumps, hydraulic shock absorbers with ride control and refined coachwork with sweeping front fenders which foreshadowed the skirted fenders that would appear two years later. This Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton was bodied by Fisher and is number 9 of only 13 believed built, a fabulously rare and sporting example of the movie star quality of coachwork that has Harley Earl's touch. Restored in the 1990's, it is a Classic Car Club of America Senior First Prize winner, attesting to the quality of its restoration. It comes with a copy of its original Cadillac build sheet and is appropriately outfitted with a complement of features including chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual side-mounted spares with rear view mirrors, a very rare early onboard radio receiver, small Pilot-Ray driving lights, chrome hood side vents, dual windshields, wind wings and a luggage trunk rack. It is finished in Beige with Brown fenders, Beige leather upholstery and interior trim and Beige cloth top. Quality, style, performance, elegance and flair all combine in this 1932 Cadillac 370-B V12 Dual Cowl Phaeton. It is one of the best, most attractive and most desirable of all the great Classic Cars. It set a standard of excellence which still stands as one of the automobile's great accomplishments.
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