1936 Cadillac Fleetwood Convertible Coupe
The rich traditions of 300 years of coach-building that the Fleetwood Body Company applied to its work on cars secured for it a high reputation in automobile circles worldwide by the 1920s. Coachwork was built by Fleetwood for a variety of luxury makes through 1924. However, after the Fisher Body Corporation purchased the Fleetwood Body Company in 1925, Fleetwood bodies were reserved exclusively for Cadillac. By 1929 GM had purchased the remaining stock holdings of the Fisher Body Corporation and thus became sole owner of both the Fisher and Fleetwood companies.
Offered here is a survivor '36 Cadillac Convertible coupe by Fleetwood. It is mostly original and has a few minor changes from new, but overall is a true authentic pre-war Cadillac that runs and drives nicely and had great patina and is begging for someone to enjoy or restore back to its glory or keep as is.
Pre-World War II Cadillacs were well-built, powerful, mass-produced luxury cars aimed at an upper-class market which included highly visible stars from the golden age of Hollywood. Cadillac established themselves as highly regarded competitors to the world's finest automobiles. This example in the color scheme is believed to be 1 of 6 built with the Klamath Green exterior with matching green leather interior. With beautiful Art Nouveau styling it is hard to find a straight line in the design of this car. From the barreled grille, to the curved fenders, and bullet style exterior hanging headlights, and rounded trunkline, they just do not make cars like this anymore. Exterior overall presents in good condition with a few marks and slight dents, and overall patina, with chrome and brite work in similar condition losing some shine along the way, but not losing any class!
Showing as original, the matching Klamath green leather bench is intact with semi firm padding, and a few faults. A rear rumble seat is noted, and leather is supple and in good condition. Fronting the bench and stretching from door to door is an Art Deco style dash with black background and chromed horizontal ribs. Imbedded within this space are creme gauges and a cluster of knobs some missing. Sprouting from the underside from the dash is an original banjo style steering wheel. Green non-matching carpeting mostly faded covers the floors. Door panels are black and in mostly well-worn condition. A note of the trunk which is unrestored and in fair to poor condition.
An unrestored L head V8 weighing in at 322ci sits within the engine compartment, and is backed by a 3-speed manual transmission. The car starts quickly and drives smoothly.
The passage of time can be noted from looking at this automobile from below. Road dirt buildup, and multiple greasing can be noted. Frame appears to be sound. Surface rust is seen in specific areas all underneath, and some invasive rust through, can be noted on the running boards, where they meet the rockers. It appears a recent installation of a new fuel tank has been undertaken.
There will never be another car like the pre-war Cadillacs and with fully restored ones bringing well over $150k, this is a great buy. Vehicle comes with authentic 1936 license plate, service receipt, and clean title.