Lot 201: Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 Limousine
285 bhp, 365 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, four-speed Hydra-Matic transmission, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 149.75"
" From the Karl Blade Collection " Incredible preservation condition with low mileage " Mid-1950s status and luxury icon " Working air conditioning
The bodies for the Fleetwood 75 (and those of the upscale Sixty Special sedan) were built by their in-house coachbuilding division Fleetwood. Although most of Fleetwood's early work was for Packard, by 1925 Lawrence Fisher of Fisher Body Corporation had bought the Pennsylvania company to give Cadillac a captive coachbuilding capability. It was moved to Detroit in stages between 1929 and 1931. Although Fleetwood and Fisher body production became more integrated over the years, there were always separate Fleetwood semi-custom production facilities, where extra care and attention could be devoted to low-volume, high-end body styles and special orders from valued customers.
The exterior of this Fleetwood 75 limousine is finished in formal dark Cobalt Blue, with a correct color coat applied in 2008. The luxurious original Fleetwood interior features light beige Bedford cord. This outstanding preservation example is possibly the most original and well-preserved Fleetwood 75 limousine remaining. The documentation that accompanies the car indicates that it was first purchased by Mr. Richard R. Rentz of New Castle, Pennsylvania. In 1981 it was purchased by Mr. Roy Wentz, at which time documents indicate it had covered 20,255 miles. When purchased by the current and third owner in 2008, the odometer read just 20,383 miles. It has been used sparingly since, only for special occasions, although kept in fine tune with new radial tires with period-correct white walls. Detailed examination of the car's exceptional cosmetic and mechanical condition strongly indicates that the low odometer reading is authentic. In extraordinarily well-preserved condition, it is a perfect candidate for preservation class judging in a number of shows and events.
RM Auctions, Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa Phoenix, Arizona
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