1936 Cadillac Coupe

It may have been the middle of the Great Depression but Cadillac declined to concede its leadership role in luxury cars, adding a new smaller Cadillac, the 36-60, to its range of V-8, V-12 and the incomparable V-16 models. The 36-60 was offered in just three body styles, coupe, convertible and touring sedan, all with coachwork by Fisher, offering a clearly Cadillac complement to the inline 8-cylinder LaSalle. The 36-60's power came from an 3/8 inch smaller bored Cadillac V-8 displacing 322 cubic inches making 125hp. Four-wheel hydraulic brakes were new to Cadillac in 1936, as were vee-windshield bodies across the board. Priced at $950 under the larger 36-70 range, the 36-60 Cadillac’s offered superior value and quality appropriate to Cadillac's reputation while presenting cost- and image-conscious buyers an affordable alternative to Buicks and LaSalles in a more compact 121 inch wheelbase chassis 10 inches smaller than the 36-70 V-8s. This 1936 Cadillac 36-60 Coupe has been thoroughly and correctly restored to very high standards of fit, finish and function. The exterior is finished in conservative black, but the interior is brilliantly appointed in bright red leather with matching red carpets including the single lateral rear occasional seat. It has dual side-mount covers, red painted wheels with hubcaps, trim rings and wide whitewall tires, chrome bumpers, rear fender skirts with a Cadillac medallion; banjo spoke steering wheel, fog lights and directional signals. It is a gorgeous automobile, not only in its presentation but also in its sleek, modern design that benefits from the skirted pontoon fenders and rear wheel skirts. It has a prestigious, almost menacing, look, an automobile to be taken seriously and given deference and respect on the road.

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