V16 Caddie could top magic quarter million mark


A superb V16 Cadillac could attract as much as $250,000 when it goes to auction in Sydney next week.

The 1938 left-hand drive V16 Series 38-90 Convertible Coupe is one of only a handful of these extraordinary American luxury cars to ever to reach Australia.

Although factory records indicate it started life as a coupe, it has been in convertible coupe guise for many years now.

Shannons understand the bodywork was inspected by several American experts who confirmed it is an original Fleetwood design, suggesting it must have been re-bodied at some stage.

Although an older high quality Canadian restoration, the Cadillac remains in very good condition throughout, with the maroon paintwork matched by the car’s dazzling chrome and rich leather upholstery.

Formerly in the noted AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, the car was sold to a collector in Texas in 2006 before it was purchased by its current Australian owner in 2010.

The Cadillac has won several awards and trophies at various car shows over the years and has always been garaged in the owner’s private collection.

Because of its rarity, provenance and unrivalled status, Shannons expect the Cadillac to sell in the $215,000 – $240,000 range.

If you miss out on this beauty, two other Caddies are also being offered at the May 22 auction.

There is a fabulous right hand drive 1960 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible, finished in black with red leather, that has benefited from considerable cosmetic and mechanical refurbishment since it was purchased from a Queensland enthusiast by the current owner about two years ago.

With power windows, an electrically-adjustable driver’s seat and an electric hood mechanism – all working properly – and riding on lowered suspension and a set of Kelsey Hayes style wire-spoke wheels with classic white wall tyres, the Cadillac would make a fabulous cruiser with a small amount of recommissioning.

It is expected to sell in the $40,000 – $50,000 range.

The other Cadillac in the auction is a white 1984 right hand drive ‘Arnold Palmer Gold Key Limited Edition’ Eldorado Biarritz Convertible that boasts a host of options including a full digital display instrument cluster.

There’s also cruise control, central locking, six-way power-assisted front seats, power mirrors, illuminated vanity mirrors, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, Guidematic headlamp control, a premium station-seeking AM/FM stereo and Citizen’s Band receiver.

Surviving in remarkably original condition, still with its signature gold keys and delivery audio cassette, the Cadillac was sold to Australia and converted to right-hand drive in 2000.

The current owner, a long-time Cadillac enthusiast and collector, acquired the Eldorado in October 2007 with only 6000km showing on its odometer and the car has done very little mileage since.

This stunning, highly-optioned and low mileage classic Cadillac is expected to sell for $34,000 – $38,000.


The V16 Cadillac features red leather trim.