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 The (new) Cadillac Database©

The Cadillac V16

Series 452D or Series 60, Series 35-90, 36-90, 37-90
1934

Part 3
First Generation
Production Records

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In 1914, when Cadillac introduced the first 90-degree V-type eight cylinder engine ever used in an automobile in this country, Cadillac engineers knew well what they were about. For twelye years previously, since 1902, they had been designing for the fine-car field – and their experience had led them to the certain conclusion that the V-type principle was the ultimate one for development …Today it is obvious how right that decision was. The present Cadillacs – the V-8, the V-12 and the V-16 – owe their acknowledged superiority, in large measure, to the mighty performance of their great V-type power plants … On the inside pages of this folder will be found brief statements about the various cars that are powered by these magnificent engines.

 

Series 452D/60 Series
35-90
Series
36-90
Series
37-90
1934 1935 1936 1937

 

Vee-sixteen styling remained basically unchanged throughout the four-year period from 1934 to 1937. The only noticeable difference was in the 1934 cars; these were fitted with twin-bar or bi-plane bumpers superimposed on two "bullet"-type stanchions. These bumpers were less sturdy than the later kind and many owners of a 1934 V16 subsequently had the bi-plane bumpers replaced by the new, flat, single-bar type of 1935-1937.  Not only did that improve the effectiveness of the bumpers but also it was a cheap way to "upgrade" the car by one, two or even three years!

 

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Tall, slender grille and continuation of matching hood and fender spears
This is the 1934 style with the bi-plane bumpers

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Interior trim, proposal from
Book(s) of Fleetwood for 1934 and 1935

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Following the success of the aerodynamic show car built for the World's Fair, Chicago, 1934, there was a new trend to conceal the spare tire in the trunk of the automobile.  The popularity of side-mounted spare wheels was waning, although these could still be ordered optionally. Two different tire storage options were offered, depending on the body style selected:

 

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Left: trunk storage for single spare in the larger sedan styles
Right:  different layout in convertible styles and town sedans

 

 

Three pages of the 71-page book of Fleetwood styles for 1934 list special features as well as optional equipment and accessories.  Space constraints prohibit my listing all of them here;  however, I shall gladly send you copies of these 3 pages if you are interested and will kindly send me a SSAE [you may find my mailing address in the "Introduction" section of the Database]. 

Items could be added or even deleted [no credit];  these included hardware cases, wood paneling, adjustable seating, special pockets, hassocks, foot rails, rubber mats, grip handles, curtains, sheepskin rugs, clocks, parcel hammocks, pillows, arm rests, dome lights, robes, auxiliary seats, quarter windows, leather roof coverings.  Another popular accessory was the Fleetwood, swing-out  luggage rack.  It is shown below in the closed and open positions:

 

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Fold-out trunk rack

 

 

Technical innovations in 1934 (all-models) included the new, so-called "knee-action" front suspension which is illustrated below for those of you who understand the marvels of machines and mechanisms.

 

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Knee-Action front suspension

 

 

Fisher bodies were not offered or built on the V16 chassis from 1934-1937.  Also, there was a single  wheel base for the V16 chassis this year; it stood at a massive 154".  On this chassis were built the longest, stock, passenger-cars in the world, with the exception - perhaps -  of Ettore Bugatti's "Royale" models; but then only a half dozen of the latter were ever built.

Trivia: The horn button on these cars carried a three-digit Feetwood ID number as well as the name of the original purchaser. The number corresponded with the last three digits of the VIN (engine/chassis number).  Assuming that one did find such a horn button (sans car) one could eadily identify the body style and number of the original car.   Factory records - build sheets - are listed in numerical order of the VIN.

 

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The one on the left came up for sale on EBay in April, 2009; the number
appears to be "336" and the name appears to end in "...CAAN";
the center image is my own PhotoShop "reconstruction" of the damaged button;
the image on the right is of the horn button of a rare, surviving car (#313)

 

 

 

Click here to see a (non-exhaustive) list of survivors and to view some more photos.

The table below summarizes vee-sixteen production for the four model years from 1934 through 1937.  The bodies were the same, in fact, for all four years.

 

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One of the first sixteens to come off the production line in 1934;
it is aptly surrounded by a few important GM/Cadillac people:
from L-R:  three Fisher brothers (1st. Larry, 3rd. Alfred J.)
then Nicholas Dreystadt, William Semon "Bunkie" Knudsen
and Ernest W. Seaholm

 

 

Production numbers
of the 1934-37 Cadillac V-16
[in ascending order of rarity]


Sixteens with the two-piece, "V" windshield

 

Style
Number
1

Body Type Units Built Notes2
1934 1935 1936 1937

Total

5875 7-pass. Limousine 9 14 24 24 71 [The chassis of one surviving limousine from the 1937 run of 24 units was used in the 80s to create an imitation of Fleetwood design #5859, phaeton model that was never made at the time]
5880 Convertible sedan with partition and division glass 5 4 6 5 20 $7850
5876 2-pass. Coupe 5 2 1 4 12 $7400
5833S Club sedan 2 4 3 2 11 $7250
5875S 7-pass.sedan 5 2 2 2 11 --
5825 7-pass. Town car 4 2 1 2 9 $8850
5899 Aerodynamic coupe 3 0 4 1 8 --
5875FL 7-pass. Limousine
[leather roof]
2 1 1 2 6 $7850
5885 5-pass. Convertible 1 2 0 2 5 $7850
5835 2-pass.convertible 2 0 2 0 4 $7550
5830FL 5-pass. Limousine
[leather roof]
  0 0 3 0 3 $7800
5833 5-pass Limousine 1 2 0 0 3 --
5830S 5-pass. Sedan 0 1 1 0 2 $7300

5825C

7-pass. Limousine-
Landaulet [Body #38]
0 0 1 0 1 This unique car (Body #38)   is reported to have cost $17,000!
5830
5-pass. Limousine 1 0 0 0 1 --
5875SF
7-pass Formal sedan 0 0 0 1 1 --
5875H4
7-pass. Limousine [4" added interior height] 0 0 0 1 1 --
5880S
Convertible sedan
[without division]
1 0 0 0 1 --
5891
7-pass. Town brougham
[with quarter windows]
0 0 0 1 1 $8750
5891B
7-pass. Town brougham
[no quarter windows]
0 1 0 0 1 --

Totals

41 35 49 47 172 --

 

 

The styles in the next table were available
with both flat and "V" windshields

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The more common version with split "V' windshield; as you can see, the V16 was one HUGE automobile


Flat windshield version of the limousine for 7 passengers (style 6275)
[ Photo: © Dick Whittington ]

 

 

 


Sixteens with the one-piece, flat windshield

 

Style
Number

Body Type Units Built Notes2
1934 1935 1936 1937

Total

6275 7-pass. Limousine 9 7 0 0 16 $7550
6275S 7-pass Sedan 5 2 0 0 7 $7350
6233S 5-pass Town sedan 0 2 0 0 2 unk.
6275B 7-pass. Formal sedan
[no quarter windows]
0 2 0 0 2 unk.
6275H3 7-pass Limousine [with 3"
additional headroom]
0 1 0 0 1 unk.

Totals

14 14 0 0 28

 


Remainder of V16 production
from 1934 to 1937

 

Style
Number

Body Type Units Built Notes2
1934 1935 1936 1937

Total

n/a Chassis/engine only3 1 1 3 2 7 4 [chassis cost $6250]
n/a Unknown:  blank data sheets in factory records 4 0 0 1 5 [1937 car  = 5130316]

Totals

5 1 3 3 12 --

Grand Totals

60 50 52 50 212 --

1    On the actual cars, the style number begin with initial digits "57" instead of "58".
2    Prices shown in the "Notes" column are from the 1937 price list dated October 20, 1936 (that was kindly supplied to me by Dennis Derion);  they include a new, $250-$300 destination charge.  In 1935,  prices went down  $200 from 1934.  in 1936 prices diminished again from $150-to $200, depending on the model.
3    According to Stan Squires, owner and admirer of these sixteens, the bare chassis released in 1936 had numbers 5110234, 5110242 and 5110246; two bare chassis were exported in 1937, viz.  #5130328 (which went to Switzerland) and #51030348; he mentions another 1937 chassis (#5130316) for which the factory build sheet was lost (BTW, the cost of a bare V16 chassis/engine combination in 1937 was $6250
4  Of the seven bare V16 chassis released by the factory between 1934 and 1937, at least two went to Brunn  of  New York (one from 1935 and one from 1936).  Of the five remaining, two were exported (one to Canada - year not known -  and one to Switzerland in 1937); there appears to be no records of the destination of the three remaining chassis.

 

Some factory and catalog photos
most drawings are from the 1934 book of Fleetwood designs
[from 1935 to 1937 the cars had the new, flat, single bar bumper]

 

According to automobile designer and historian, Alex Tremulis, tbe artist's renderings of proposed body styles that appear in the Book of Fleetwood for 1934 and 1936, were the work of  a talented Canadian designer called John Hampshire who worked in Cadillac's "Art & Color" section under the great Tom Hibbard.

Nota: The actual artist's renderings in the 1934 Fleetwood catalog do not show the three fender moldings ("spears") that are typical of all sixteens built from 1933 through 1940. I have added them to each drawing for greater realism.

 

Style #5875 (5775)

 

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The line drawing, right, from a factory merchandising brochure appears
to take some liberty with the rear roof line, compared to the other drawing at left

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Above two rows, Fleetwood style 5875, "V" windshield limousine for seven passengers 1934 (9 units), 1935 (14 units), 1936 (24 units),
1937 (24 units).  Total: 71 units. Below:  factory photo of this, the most prolific body style on sixteens of this era. The colored
illustration is from the 1937 Cadillac product catalog; to the right of it is a factory photograph of the same body style

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This (better)  image is from The Book of Fleetwood for 1936, the original
of which was loaned to me kindly by Z. Taylor Vinson of Alexandria, VA;
you will note that the cars are identical but for the design of the bumpers

 

 

Style #5880 (5780)

 

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This designer's drawing is from The Book of Fleetwood for 1934

   
Fleetwood style 5880, convertible sedan for five passengers: 1934 (9 units), 1935 (14 units),
1936 (24 units), 1937 (24 units).  Total: 20 units The colored illustration below, left, is from the
1937 Cadillac product catalog; to the right of it is a factory photograph of the same body style

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This (other)  image is from The Book of Fleetwood for 1936

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Factory photos of the huge, V-16 convertible sedan for 1935

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At right:  this is what it took to get one of these huge convertible sedans up to the showroom in the Waldorf Astoria
ballroom, as it would not fit into the freight elevator; partial dismantling and special ramps and hoists were needed
[ Photo: © 1936, courtesy General Motors ]

 

 

Style #6275 (6075)

 

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Fleetwood style 6275, flat windshield limousine for seven passengers
1934 (9 units), 1935 (7 units), 1936 (none), 1937 (none).  Total: 16 units

 

 

 

Style #5876 (5776)

 

 

 

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Above two rows, Fleetwood style 5876, "V" windshield stationary coupe for two passengers
1934 (5 units), 1935 (2 units), 1936 (1 units), 1937 (4 units).  Total: 12 units


Factory promotional ... or wealthy first owner?

 

 

Style #5833-S (5733-S)

 

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Fleetwood style 5833S, "V" windshield town sedan for five passengers
1934 (2 units), 1935 (4 units), 1936 (3 units), 1937 (2 units).  Total: 11 units

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[The same model, taken from the 1936 Book of Fleetwood ]

 

 

Style #5875-S (5775-S)

 

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Fleetwood style 5875S, "V" windshield sedan for seven passengers
1934 (4 units), 1935 (2 units), 1936 (1 units), 1937 (2 units).  Total: 9 units
Large, folding auxiliary seats are located in the partition (photo,  below)

 

 

Style #5825 (5725)

 

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Fleetwood style 5825, "V" windshield town car for seven passengers 1934 (4 units), 1935 (2 units), 1936 (1 units),
1937 (2 units).  Total: 9 units The car shown has engine #5100003 of the 1934 V16 production; this car was featured
in a colorful ad of the time which asserted that it was car #27 [i.e. engine $5100027] of the 1934 production;
in fact it was the third V16 off the production line and presumably had body #1 of the four town cars built in 1934
[style 5825]; it was shipped in January 1934; the second car of this style did not ship until May-June 1934 and
consequently could not have been featured in an ad that was dated January 1934; below a news photo (left) 
and the layout of  the driving compartment  with its removable leather roof cover (right)

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Of the four units built in 1934, this one was commissioned by Mrs. Franklin E. Vilas of 118 East 93rd Street, New York. She
is seen here, about to enter her superb, chauffeur-driven Cadillac town car in front of the Plaza Hotel on New York's Fifth Avenue.
Starting in 1933, paint was optional in lieu of chrome-plating on items such as the radiator shroud, headlight pods and wheel covers

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This (better)  image is from The Book of Fleetwood for 1936

 

 

Style #5899 (5799)

 



Fleetwood style #5899, "V" windshield aerodynamic coupe for five passengers.
This car is derived from the prototype or pre-production model built the previous year
(1933) and exhibited at the Chicago World's Fair entitled A  Century of progress;
1934 (3 units - like the above drawing), 1935 (none were offered), 1936 (4 units), 1937 (1 unit).  Total: 8 units.

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On display in a Cadillac show room,
one of the four aero coupes built in 1936


[The updated 5899 from 1936 Book of Fleetwood. Note different bumpers ]

In a letter from the Cadillac Motor Car Division dated May 18, 1934 addressed to all distributors we learn that: due to the location of the rear seat cushion with relation to the wheelhouse of these bodies, it is impractical to use the adjustable features on the seat cushion itself. As a result, these bodies were actually brought through with only the seat back adjustable.

 

 

Style #6275-S (6075-S)

 

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Fleetwood style #6275-S, flat windshield sedan for seven passengers
1934 (5 units), 1935 (2 units), 1936 (none), 1937 (none).  Total: 7 units

 

 

Style #5875-FL (5775-FL)

 

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Fleetwood style #5875-FL, "V" windshield formal limousine for seven passengers
1934 (2 units), 1935 (1 unit), 1936 (1 unit), 1937 (2 units).  Total: 6 units

 

 

Style #5885 (5785)

 

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Fleetwood style #5885, "V" windshield convertible Victoria for five passengers
1934 (1 unit), 1935 (2 units), 1936 (none), 1937 (2 units).  Total: 5 units

 

Only one of these was built in 1934.  Interestingly, the Cadillac Motor Car Company sent a letter out to all distributors and dealers on May 2, 1934 saying it would be built only on special order (at a list cost, FOB Detroit,  of $4495 for the V-8 version, $5195 for the V-12 and a whopping $8150 for the V-16).  On June 11, 1934 a similar communication pointed to p.27 of the "Book of Fleetwood" and mentioned a change in the specifications of the smoking equipment planned for this model (and the equivalent V-8 and V12 styles).  The letter said that due to the interference when the top is lowered, it is impossible to install this type of concealed smoking case [two ash receivers and two pass-around lighters, located in the rear quarters forward of the side arm rests]. Instead, a covered ash receiver and a pass-around lighter will be located forward of each of the side arm rests [my emphasis].

 


 

Style #5835 (5735)

 

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Top: artist's rendering of  Fleetwood style #5835, "V" windshield convertible coupe for two passengers;

immediately above: factory photo depicting this lovely Fleetwood style, complete with sidemounts
1934 (2 units), 1935 (none), 1936 (2 units), 1937 (none)
Total: 4 units

 

 

Style #5830-FL (5730-FL)

 

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Fleetwood style #5830FL, "V" windshield formal limousine for five passengers; opera seats were included
1934 (none), 1935 (none), 1936 (3 units), 1937 (none).  Total: 3 units

In a letter from Cadillac Motor car Division addressed to all distributors and dealers on May 1, 1934 a change was mentioned in the location and type of smoking equipment in this body style. The letter said that on account of the width of the rear doors in these types, it becomes impractical to locate this equipment forward of the arm rests. Therefore it is necessary to utilize in these body types, a concealed type of smoking case, containing ash receivers and lighters, located in the rear quarters, above and forward of the side arm rests, similar to those sued in Town car types.

 

 

Style #5833 (5733)

 

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Fleetwood style #5833, "V" windshield town limousine for five passengers
1934 (1 unit), 1935 (2 units), 1936 (none), 1937 (none).  Total: 3 units

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This is the unique V-16 town limousine built in 1934
[ Factory photo ]

 

 

Style #5830-S (5730-S)

 

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Fleetwood style #5830S, "V" windshield sedan for five passengers (outwardly similar to style #5875S, above,
but without auxiliary seating inside; 1934 (none), 1935 (1 unit), 1936 (1 unit), 1937 (none).  Total: 2 units

 

 

Style #6233-S (6033-S)

 

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Fleetwood style 6233S, flat windshield town sedan for five passengers;
1934 (none), 1935 (2 units), 1936 (none), 1937 (none).  Total: 2 units.
RH Photo: interior layout

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This (better)  image is from The Book of Fleetwood for 1936

 

 

Style #6275-B (6075-B)

 

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Fleetwood style #6275-B, special flat windshield sedan for seven passengers;
outwardly similar to style #6275 but without the leather roof insert;
1934 (none), 1935 (2 units), 1936 (none), 1937 (none).  Total: 2 units

 

 

The unique Fleetwood styles
built from 1934 to 1937

 

1934

Style #5830 (5730)

 

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Fleetwood style #5830, "V" windshield limousine for five passengers;
outwardly similar to style #5875, above, but without auxiliary seating inside

 

 

Style #5880-S (5780-S)

 

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Fleetwood style #5880S, "V" windshield convertible sedan for five passengers;
outwardly similar to style #5880, above, but without the secondary windshield

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This is the new version, with stronger bumpers front and rear, for 1935-1937

 

 


1935

Style #5875-SF (5775-SF)

 

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Fleetwood style #5875SF["sedan, formal"], "V" windshield formal sedan for seven passengers,
outwardly similar to style #5875FL, above, but without partition and glass division

 

 

Style #5891-B (5791-B)

 

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Fleetwood style #5891B, special "V" windshield town brougham for seven passengers;
outwardly similar to style #5825, except rear quarters are painted metal,
in lieu of leather; contrary to style #5891, there are no quarter windows
[ on this amended artist's full-color rendering of style #5891, I  simply blanked out the quarter windows ]

 

 

Style #6275-H3 (6075-H3)

 

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Fleetwood style #6275H3, flat windshield limousine for seven passengers;
outwardly similar to style #6275, above, but with 3" of extra interior headroom

 




1936

Style #5825-C (5725-C)

 

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Fleetwood style #5825C, special "V" windshield town landaulet for seven passengers:
outwardly similar to style #5825 but with folding roof over sear seat area;
Above:  catalog illustration from the 1934 book of Fleetwood designs:
Below: (left) coach builders fitting the integral roof luggage rack; 
(right) the finished car, which cost a reported $17,000

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One of the most expensive of all Cadillacs [that is until the Seville models of 1976] was this custom
designed and hand-finished town landaulet.  It appears in factory records as Fleetwood style #5825C [body #38].  
According to Automobile Topics for July, 1936 this hand-made landaulet was commissioned by an Eastern motorist
and cost a reported $17,000.  The collapsible rear quarters were covered in imported black leather and all the
interior hardware was hand-wrought in natural brass. All the interior hardware was finished so as to match
the tan whipcord upholstery; the texture of the latter was so fine that it looked much like broadcloth.
At $13.074 in 1957, even the bespoke Eldorado Brougham was cheaper!  I wonder who owned this
almost chrome-free vee-sixteen and what happened to it.   Photos:  courtesy GM/Cadillac.

In his book, "Fleetwood - The Company and the Coachcraft", James J. Schild identifies this car as Body #38, although
only one unit was built and only nine of the regular Fleetwood style #5825 were built in the period from 1934-1937; I am
guessing, therefore, that similar bodies were mounted on V-8 and V-12 chassis in the same period

 

 

1937

Style #5875-H4 (5775-H4)

 

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Fleetwood style #5875H4, "V" windshield limousine for seven passengers;
outwardly similar to style #5875, above, but with 4" of extra interior headroom

 

 

Style #5891 (5791)

 

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Fleetwood style #5891, "V" windshield town brougham for seven passengers;
rear quarters are painted metal in lieu of leathers; there are large quarter windows
[ I believe the actual car had sidemounted spare wheels, as seen in the artist's full-color rendering at right ]

 

 

 

Proposed but not Built


Nice one!  Pity there were no buyers.

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This is Fleetwood proposal #5812, a town car with leather roof covering

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This design #5812MB ["metal back" ]is similar to the one above, but vith plain painted roof

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This 1935 proposal (#5857), was a long and sleek touring car for 7 passengers

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These filigree images are from the 71-page book illustrating the Cadillac Fleetwood Program for 1934. The artist for the last 2 drawings
is John Hampshire; these two cars are listed in the section Special Individual Fleetwood Custom Bodies, on pp. 67-69 of the book; like the other
proposals in this section,  neither of them were built; they are Fleetwood proposals #5802, a roadster for two passengers (left)
and #5859, a sport phaeton for five passengers with secondary cowl and windshield (right).  In the eighties,  an automobile stylist
of repute, Strother McMinn, and a talented restorer and technician named Fran Roxas, of Alsip, IL, combined their respective skills
to build from scratch, on two existing V-16 chassis, two cars based on these artist renderings. There has been much debate
among experts as to what category these Sixteens  belong to.  They are not "replicas", since neither of them was ever built by
Cadillac or Fleetwood; neither are they "re-bodied" cars,  since no part of an existing body was "replaced"; the only category
that seems appropriate is "Modern-Day Classic" (the chassis effectively is classic, and the body is modern). 
Since they are definitely not authentic "Fleetwood" bodies they have to be considered as "made up" or "fake".

 




The custom bodies by independent coach builders
built from 1934 to 1937

 

1934

 

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Only a single bare chassis of the 1934 vee-sixteen production went to an independent
coach-builder.  Unfortunately, we have no record of the body type that it received.

The photo, above, is of a town car conversion on a regular 1934 Fleetwood style;
my guess is that this particular car,   built for Danish South Pole explorer,
Admiral Byrd, started its life as a limousine before being converted into
this stunning, cane-bodied town car; the "V" windshield and curved
at the base of the "A" pillar suggest Fleetwood style #5875

 

 

1935

 

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I believe this custom job by Don Lee of Hollywood is a conversion of a regular Fleetwood style;
it is a radio broadcasting vehicle belonging to the Don Lee Broadcasting Studios

 

 

 

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Cadillac released only a single bare chassis from the 1935 vee-sixteen production;
it was delivered to Brunn of New York who installed this limousine
landaulet body with sharply raked windshield

 

 

 


Paris coach builder, Henri Chapron, drew this proposal for a town car
on the V-16 chassis for 1935-36; there is no indication that it was ever built

 

 

1936

In 1936, three bare chassis were released to independent coach-builders; these were engine numbers  5110234, 5110242 and 5110246.  One of these chassis got a razor-edged town car body by Brunn of Buffalo, New York [photo, below].  Of the other two, nothing has come to light to date

 


Of the three bare vee-sixteen chassis that Cadillac released in 1936
only this razor-edged town car by Brunn of New York has come to light. 
Photo:  courtesy the late Dave Holls

 

 

1937

Only two bare chassis were released in 1937; these were engine numbers 5031316 and 5130328.  Of the first one no photographic record has been uncovered to date The latter chassis  was exported to Switzerland through the GM facility at Antwerp, Belgium. A unique (and huge) convertible coupe body with fully enclosed fenders was fashioned for it [photo, below] by Willy Hartmann of Lausanne, a little known coach-builder at the time.  Presumably that is why this car is frequently claimed to have a body designed by the better-known Italo-French carrossiers, Figoni and Falaschi; indeed, the latter team had built a similar style the previous year on a Delahaye 135M chassis.

 

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Left: the custom V-16 roadster in August 1937, outside the Hartmann workshops in Lausanne's Laborde area
Right:  Philippe Barraud, the first owner, outside his home with V-16 convertible coupe and a young  Jack Daniel

 

 

 

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Conversion by Meteor of Piqua, OH, on a re-bodied 1937 vee-sixteen chassis for the
Detroit Fire Department, this huge ambulance was donated to the department by its
Fire Chief, Paxton Mendelssohn, who had worked for many years for the Fisher Brothers.
In 1951 it was put on a V-8 chassis and remained in service into the seventies

 

 

 

 

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(résumé en français)

Le tableau résume la fabrication des 212 chassis/moteur V16 Cadillac des années 1934 à 1937.  On pourra admirer quelques survivants en cliquant ici.

 

 

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© 1996, Yann Saunders and the Cadillac-LaSalle Club, Inc.
[ Background image: the powerful frontal image of the Sixteens for 1934-37 ]