joi, 7 aprilie 2016

Cadillac V-12 Phaeton by Fisher 1931 - World Of Classic Cars -

Cadillac V-12 Phaeton by Fisher 1931

Cadillac rolled out a V-12 for the 1931 model year nine months after the introduction of its legendary V-16. The V-12 was essentially a “sixteen” with four fewer cylinders; it delivered 135 brake horsepower and 285 pound-feet of torque in its original form and was installed on what was essentially a Cadillac V-8 platform, resulting in a well-balanced automobile with good handling. It became famous as a good performer and was available through 1937 with many of the same luxurious, hand-built Fisher and Fleetwood body styles as the V-16.
The phaeton for the 370A was similar to Fleetwood’s sport phaeton but was built by Fisher without the roll-up windshield and instruments in the rear passenger compartment. However, Fleetwood trimmed the interior of the cars and badged them appropriately.
Cadillac V-12 Phaeton by Fisher 1931

This particular car is believed to be an original V-12 phaeton, although the current engine, number 1004917, is a replacement unit in this chassis. Well accessorized, it is equipped with dual side-mounted spares, wire wheels, dual Pilot Ray driving lights, dual horns, “wind wings,” a radiator stone guard, a “Goddess” radiator mascot, and a proper Cadillac accessory metal trunk, as well as side curtains and a top boot. Former owners included D. Richard Shonk of Ashton, Maryland, in whose ownership it tied for first prize at the Dearborn, Michigan, meet and was awarded Cadillac-LaSalle Club Senior badge number 418 in 2002. Subsequently, the car was acquired by well-known collector Robert Perry before joining the Kughn Collection eight years ago. It is now a CCCA Senior Premier car as well, carrying badge number 2062.
Cadillac V-12 Phaeton by Fisher 1931

Conscientiously well maintained by the Kughns’ professional staff since, the car’s late-1990 restoration remains extremely attractive. Its maroon and cream finish is well preserved, with only the most minor signs of age and use, and panels shut and fit well throughout. The interior is only lightly stretched and cracked and is very attractive. Chrome trim throughout is in fine condition as well, and the car runs and drives well. Overall, the Cadillac would need virtually nothing to show proudly, as, in fact, its most recent show appearance was this January at the CCCA Annual Meeting in Novi, Michigan!