Cadillac Fleetwood V-16s to be showcased at Pebble Beach Concours d’EleganceAugust 15, 2012 by: Rituraj Mishra
Both the Cadillac’s shown above are classy and elegant and hence no surprises that both the Cadillac Fleetwood V-16s will be shown at the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Carmel, California. Apart from looking stunning they both have an interesting story behind them.
For starters, they both have an original design but actually none of them were ever made by Cadillac. 1934 rumbleseat roadster model 5802 and a 1937 Phaeton model 5859 were a part of Cadillac’s made-to-order Fleetwood collection but due to Great Depression they never made to production.
Many years later, Fran Roxas, the famous restorer and coachbuilder arranged for the blueprints of both these cars. Along with some help from California’s Art Center College of Design, John Hampshire’s blueprints were deciphered and made to perfection. Wreath and Crest brand’s 16-cylinder engine was at the heart of the machine.
After they were made they were auctioned, with the Phaeton 5859 raking $962,500 and the Roadster 5802 for $1,001,000. Now, would Cadillac ask them for Royalty, I guess they can.