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1931 Cadillac 370A V12

After electrifying the luxury automobile market in 1930 with the introduction of its magnificent V-16 power plant Cadillac filled in its model range in 1931, adding a V-12 to give the herald's marque an unprecedented range of luxury models. The 370A V-12 displaced 368 cubic inches, essentially the 452 cubic inch V-16 with four fewer cylinders. The commonality allowed Cadillac to incorporate all the visual and engineering refinements of the V-16 in its smaller sibling, creating the same stunning under hood presentation that made Cadillac’s as attractive with their engines exposed as they were when buttoned up. Mounted on the shorter wheelbase of the V-8 Cadillac’s, the V-12s' coachwork was tightly integrated, especially when designed and built by Fleetwood as this 1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Roadster is. One of only 91 built in this style, it is an older restoration evidenced by 1978 and 1984 AACA National First Prizes yet still presents like a five or six year old restoration. Finished in silver with blue fenders it has a blue leather interior and dark blue cloth top, body color wire wheels with chrome spokes, wide whitewall tires, dual side-mounts with strap on mirrors, rumble seat, golf bag door, small Pilot-Ray driving lights, side curtains, and wind wings. The paint, chrome and interior are excellent, attesting to the quality of its restoration and continuing maintenance. A CCCA Full Classic (tm), it will be a wonderful mount for tours and events where the 70 mph cruising speed of its smooth, quiet V-12 engine will be employed to full advantage. A true thoroughbred in design, quality and performance, this is what classic quality is all about.


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