Rising from the ashes of the defunct Henry Ford Company, Henry M. Leland’s Cadillac Automobile Company quickly established itself as a leader in innovation, mechanical sophistication and luxurious quality. That spirit continued under the auspices of General Motors after its acquisition in 1909, for it was Cadillac that brought consumers the first electric starter, the first electric lamps, the first installation of safety glass, the first synchromesh transmission, the first dual-plane crankshaft V8 and even the first V16 engine. From their earlies models, Cadillac’s exceptional build quality and elegant style put them proudly at the pinnacle of General Motors where they remain to this day as one of America’s oldest continuously operating car companies.
Cadillac was enjoying great success as they rolled into the 1930s. A wise decision to include the lower-priced LaSalle sub-brand kept the company afloat even as the economy faltered. They entered the decade with a heady confidence that spawned the incredible V16 and V12 models. But Cadillac’s mainstay for the 1930s was the 355 series; an 8-cylinder model manufactured between 1931 and 1935. Gradual evolution of the series led to the 355D and 355E of ’34 and ’35 respectively were the final models of the range, and both were largely similar in terms of style and mechanical spec. The 355E Model was divided into three series based on wheelbase, the Series 10, 20 and 30. Bodies were supplied by Fisher and Fleetwood and featured new styling with a v-shaped radiator grille that was canted back, a raked windscreen and detailing heavily influenced by the streamlining era. GM’s “Knee Action” independent front suspension was introduced in 1934, and the 353 cubic inch L-head V8 engine produced 130 horsepower in later models. Between 1934 and 1935, just 8,318 355s were produced.
We are offering this 1935 Cadillac 355E Series 10 Coupe on behalf of the Classic Car Club of America Education Foundation, with one hundred percent of the proceeds going to benefit this worthwhile cause. This Series 10 rides on a 128” wheelbase and is fitted with a stylish Rumble Seat Coupe body by Fisher. It is presented with a good, older restoration, finished in tan, accented with apple green wheels and whitewall tires. The paintwork does show numerous imperfections but remains fairly attractive overall, and is presentable as a driver-quality car. The Fisher-designed body is quite sporty and features a pair of Trippe lights up front, a rumble seat and a rear-mounted spare wheel with body-colored metal cover. The body is in good condition, with good panel fit and nice quality chrome plating on the lamps, bumpers and trim.
The interior is trimmed in tan broadcloth which does show some small tears, but remains serviceable for regular use. Brown carpets are in good condition, as is the brown vinyl upholstery on the rumble seat. Door panels, headlining and topping are good, as is the cockpit chrome trim and switchgear. The twin-cowl dash is very attractive, with bright metal inserts facing the driver and passenger and lovely cream-faced instruments. Aside from the few obvious flaws, the interior is generally quite sound and usable as is. Likewise, the engine bay is in good driver-quality condition, with correct major components, while fittings and hardware appear in good condition. It runs and drives quite well, the V8 producing 130 horsepower, sending power through a 3-speed synchronized transmission. Cadillacs of this era are lovely and enjoyable to drive, with excellent ride and handling from the independent front suspension and smooth power from the seemingly bulletproof L-head V8. This Cadillac Series 10 would make an excellent choice for touring and casual enjoyment on the road. This is a stylish and rare Cadillac that can be enjoyed as is, or restored to a higher level as desired. Hyman Ltd. is very pleased to assist the CCCA Educational Foundation, and all proceeds from the sale of this car go to benefit a very worthy cause that serves to educate and indoctrinate young people to the joys of our beloved hobby.