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Lot 8

2016   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2016

1939 Cadillac Convertible Coupe

Coachwork by Fleetwood

SOLD $209,000

Estimate

$250,000 - $300,000

Chassis

3291095

Car Highlights

One of Only 27 Produced and as Few as Five Surviving
Correct and Outstanding Color Combination
Superb Restoration by Renowned Specialists
Winner at Multiple Concours d’Elegance
CCCA Full Classic with Colorful Early History

Technical Specs

346 CID Flathead V-8 Engine
Single Downdraft Stromberg Carburetor
140 BHP at 4,200 RPM
3-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes
Front and Rear Leaf-Spring Suspension
Register to Bid

Original Owner, New York, New YorkRichard Nunis, Windermere, Florida (acquired by 2004)David Kane, Bernardsville, New Jersey (acquired from the above in 2013)Current Owner (acquired from the above)

Cadillac & LaSalle Club National, Savannah, Georgia, August 2007 (First Place)AACA National, Melbourne, Florida, March 2008 (First Junior)AACA National, Lakeland, Florida, April 2009 (First Senior)CCCA National, West Palm Beach, Florida, March 2009 (First Senior)Lake Mirror Classic, Lakeland, Florida, October 2009 (Best in Show)AACA Grand National, New Bern, North Carolina, May 2010 (Junior Award)CCCA Annual Meeting, Palm Beach, Florida, January 2011 (First in Premier Division)La Jolla Concours d’Elegance, La Jolla, California, April 2015 (Best in Class)

For 1939, Cadillac introduced avant-garde styling for its Series 75, with pointed, fine-pitch front grilles and an extravagant silhouette crafted by Fleetwood. Cadillac’s elite new V-8 offered stylish touring for well-heeled socialites who were going places – and wanted to get there fast.

The Series 75 1939 Cadillac offered here is believed to be one of only five Convertible Coupes extant – not surprising considering that only 27 of these remarkable vanguards were built.

This Convertible Coupe, on a spacious 141" wheelbase, was the 21st car produced of the special order custom-built line, per the original cowl tag. According to lore passed along by previous owners, this coupe was originally purchased in New York by a businessman who associated with underworld characters and was particularly appreciative of such features as the extra-large trunk. Furthermore, during the car’s restoration a decade ago it was discovered that the rear left fender was riddled with bullet holes, adding another page to its colorful history.

Although the first owner’s identity is unknown, subsequent owners state that it had been well maintained through the decades. By 2004 the Convertible Coupe was owned by Richard Nunis, president of Walt Disney Attractions. That year, Mr. Nunis commissioned a restoration by Steve Cooley Motors,the antique and classic car specialists in Homosassa, Florida.

Under Cooley’s care, the car was returned to factory specification down to small details, such as the antenna under the running board. The work totaled 2,000 hours and is chronicled on a CD of photographs that accompanies the sale. Upon completion, the Cadillac began making show appearances, winning a plethora of prestigious awards, most recently First in Class at the La Jolla Concours d’Elegance in 2015. Today, not only is the car stunning in its original color combination of dark blue with rich tan leather interior, but, according to its current owner, it has thrived at speeds in excess of 60 mph on the freeway.

This rare Cadillac, with its CCCA Premier and AACA Senior status, has benefited from a superb and photographically documented restoration and generous care from recent owners. Combined with its exceptional driving and aesthetic condition, it is an outstanding example of a Cadillac from the height of the Art Deco era.