Cadillac enjoyed considerable success in the early 1930s. They entered the decade with 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. The series evolved through the early 1930s and remained Cadillac’s best-selling model. The 355D debuted in 1934, featuring beautiful new streamline styling that carried over to the Series 10 (also called the 355E) of 1935. The 355E/Series 10 was the final iteration of the range, offered with a variety of coachwork and wheelbase options. As usual for Cadillac, bodies were supplied by Fisher and Fleetwood, all featuring an attractive, canted back radiator grille, raked windscreen, curvaceous skirted fenders, and bullet headlamps. GM’s “Knee Action” independent front suspension was introduced in 1934, and the 353 cubic inch L-head V8 engine produced a respectable 130 horsepower in later models. Despite being widely regarded for its performance and design, Cadillac sold only 3,209 V8 models in 1935, and they are highly sought-after today.
This handsome 1935 355E 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 a few minor imperfections, yet is appealing and attractive overall, with the charming character of an honest driver-quality car. The Fisher-designed body is quite sporty and features a pair of Trippe lights up front, a rumble seat, and a single rear-mounted spare wheel with body-colored metal cover. The body is in good condition, with consistent panel fit and good quality chrome plating on the lamps, bumpers, and trim. Factory wire wheels feature Cadillac-script hubcaps and are fitted with new Firestone wide whitewall tires.
The interior is trimmed in tan fabric with some small flaws but is perfectly serviceable for regular touring. Brown carpets are in good condition, as is the brown vinyl upholstery on the rumble seat. Door panels, headlining, and topping are in fine order, and so is the cockpit chrome trim and switchgear. The twin-cowl dash features bright metal inserts facing the driver and passenger and lovely cream-faced instruments. The engine bay is also in good driver-quality condition, detailed in proper Cadillac green and appearing well serviced. The V8 is rated for 130 horsepower, and it sends 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 refined L-head V8. This car is no exception, feeling solid and running very well.
Just 1,130 examples of the 128-inch Series 10 were produced, and only a handful survive. This car’s attractive and versatile Fisher coachwork and well-maintained character make it an excellent selection for touring and casual enjoyment on the road and is sure to provide its next caretaker with many years of enjoyment.
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