In 1931 Cadillac offered an astounding array of models including V8, V12 and V16 engines, four cataloged wheelbase chassis and a nearly unimaginable array of cataloged coachwork from Fisher and Fleetwood. It was an offering that only General Motors, the titan of the American and indeed the world’s automobile industry, could provide, and the designs of 1931 have been regarded by many as the pinnacle of Classic Era design and styling. Of the Cadillac 355A’s that are still around, this Fleetwood-bodied example is quite possibly the nicest. Equipped with a three-speed manual gearbox, chrome wire wheels, whitewall tires, enclosed sidemounts topped by mirrors, Pilot-Ray headlamps, exhaust deflector, rear trunk rack, rumble seat and stainless steel radiator stone guard, it is as well-equipped as it is striking. The body is finished in red, while the fenders, sidemounts, and beltline are maroon with the beltline accentuated by tan pinstriping. The interior is tan leather.
Treated to a full nut and bolt professional restoration, it an exquisite and highly showable car that looks like it has hardly been driven. Beautifully bodied and fantastically equipped, it perfectly exemplifies the excellence of Cadillac during this period. Cadillac earned its slogan “Standard of the World” twenty years before this car, but ’31 Cadillacs like this one cemented the stature of Cadillac at the pinnacle of luxury, design, style and performance.
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