Cadillac is believed to have built only eleven of the Fleetwood bodied padded leather roof Style 37-8509F Formal Sedans in 1937 on the V-12 chassis, the last year for Cadillac's smooth, quiet, powerful V-12 engine.
Only one of them, this example, is known with the sloped back passenger compartment, the others having a bustleback built-in trunk. Fitted with a rollup division window, jump seats, smokers' kits, rear window shade, enclosed sidemount spares with mirrors, Appleton fog lights, hubcaps, trim rings, wide whitewall tires, heater, clock and radio, it has blind rear quarters in the formal roof design with pivoting vent windows in the back of the rear side windows.
A CCCA Senior National First Prize winning restoration, it is believed to have covered under 48,000 miles since it was originally delivered through Don Lee Cadillac in Los Angeles three-quarters of a century ago. It was once owned by a television industry screenwriter who thoughtfully included it in several episodes of the CBS series 'The Munsters'. It was one of few automobiles large enough to accommodate the exaggerated Fred Gwynne character of Herman Munster and starred in one Season One episode, 'The Midnight Ride of Herman Munster', prior to restoration.
Indicative of its careful preservation, it comes with a full service manual, original tool roll, copy of the Cadillac build sheet, owners' correspondence as well as a season one DVD and promotional stills from 'The Munsters'. A believed unique example of Fleetwood coachwork on the Cadillac V-12 chassis, it has an equally unique and colorful history, a gorgeous restoration and exceptional preservation in the care of sympathetic owners. Whether on a CCCA CARavan or in a Halloween parade, it is a singular automobile of the highest quality.
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