After electrifying the luxury automobile market in 1930 with the introduction of its magnificent V-16 powerplant 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 underhood presentation that made Cadillacs as attractive with their engines exposed as they were when buttoned up.
Mounted on the shorter wheelbase of the V-8 Cadillacs, the V-12s' coachwork was tightly integrated and is shown to advantage in this close-coupled 1931 Cadillac 370-A V-12 Club Sedan by Fisher on the 140 inch wheelbase finished in rich dark blue with cream coachline and grey cloth upholstery piped in brown.
Restored in the 1970's and an AACA National First Prize winner soon after its restoration, the quality of the restoration's workmanship and materials is evident in its condition today. A correctly and thoroughly restored Cadillac, it has been sparingly driven and obviously extremely well maintained. Its cosmetics have held up extremely well, including the interior wood and upholstery.
It is thoroughly and tastefully equipped with dual enclosed sidemounts with mirrors, Pilot-Ray driving lights, wide whitewall tires on wire wheels with hubcaps and trim rings, radiator stoneguard, a small windshield visor, body color trunk tightly coupled with the rear of the body tonneau and a folding rack for additional luggage. The engine compartment is clean and orderly. The interior appointments are comfortable, including a pulldown rear window privacy shade, smoker's kit and a highly unusual combination interior courtesy light and air vents in the body's rear quarters. A CCCA Full Classic (tm), the smooth power of the Owen Nacker designed 135hp overhead valve V-12 engine and comfortable interior make it a perfect car for tours.
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