1938 Cadillac Town Sedan Town Sedan
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1938 Cadillac Town Sedan Town Sedan for sale
One of 302 Cadillac V-16 models made in 1938 and one of 20 Town Sedans made that year
Long term Texas Cadillac and believed to be owned by a previous Texas governor
Rated by Classic Car Club of America as CCCA Full Classic. a designation reserved for only the finest vehicles from 1925-1948
Complete body-off frame restoration; only driven 4. 00 miles since restoration
Undercarriage is extremely tidy. especially for a large car of this vintage
Permanently mounted battery tender for long-term storage
Dark blue exterior with tan interior and Fleetwood Coachwork
Rebuilt. numbers matching 431 CID L-head 135º V-16 engine
Rebuilt original three-speed synchromesh manual transmission with 4. 31 gearing
Independent front suspension and Bendix hydraulic brakes
In an attempt to out-cylinder and out-smooth the competition. particularly Packard. Cadillac created something rare in the 1930s. an engine with 16 cylinders. Here at MotoeXotica Classic Cars. it is wrapped within the form of a 1938 Town Sedan coach worked by Fleetwood. rated by the Classic Car Club of America as a CCCA Full Classic. a designation reserved for only the finest vehicles from 1925-1948. After being treated a complete body-off frame restoration. the car has been driven approximately 4. 00 miles since restoration. Cadillac only produced 20 of these V16 town sedans and only a very few still exist today.
The meticulous comprehensive nut and bolt professional restoration included all aspects of this rarely seen big V16 time machine. Everything was restored from the tidy powder coated frame and underbody to exhaust. brakes. and brake lines. The exterior has a show winning paint job and fresh chrome. the rebuilt V16 motor and components run very smooth. The newly correct reupholstered interior is very handsome and luxurious and the dash is laid out as you should find in a 30's big Cadillac sedan. Cruising in this V16 flagship makes you feel like real royalty!
Cadillac believed customers demanded a car powered by an engine simultaneously more powerful and smoother than any other available. Development proceeded in great secrecy over the next few years while Cadillac chief Larry Fisher and GM's stylist Harley Earl toured Europe in search of inspiration from Europe's finest coach-builders. Unlike many luxury car builders. who sold bare chassis to be clothed by outside coach-building firms. General Motors had purchased Fleetwood Metal Body and Fisher Body to keep all the business in-house.
In 2008 or 2009. the then-current owner brought the car. which was still in good overall condition. to Black Knight Restoration in Houston. Texas for rehabilitation as a executive driver. Professional technicians disassembled the vehicle. fixed what did not work then put everything back together in a correct manner.
Finished in a dark blue. the car's paint and trim. including the elegant “goddess” hood ornament. are in excellent overall condition. The windows are clear and crack-free and the car's lights. including the foglights perched over the front bumper. are in very good order. The car rides on 7. 50-16 wide whitewalls. surrounding factory wheel covers and look great. The car's bumpers shine brilliantly. the engine bay is very tidy and there is a permanently mounted battery tender for long-term storage. Extras include a spotlight on the driver's side and a pair of side-mounted spare tires with body-matching covers.
Under that hood ornament is a rebuilt. numbers-matching 431 CID L-head 135º V-16 engine with twin carburetors. twin fuel pumps. twin distributors. twin water pumps. and a nine main bearing crankshaft (compared to the OHV V-16's five bearing crank) and produced the same power as earlier versions of the original V-16 with even greater smoothness and gave the '38–'40 Sixteens the swiftest acceleration of any factory production car in the world at the time. regardless of weight. as well as slightly improved fuel economy over the OHV V-16 cars. This engine was nearly silent at idle and turbine-smooth in operation.
The car has a positive-ground starting system with two batteries; a six-volt unit under the front passenger seat with another 12-volt unit under the hood for the starter only. It is easier to get the engine to crank with 12 volts. especially after periods of non-use.
The 1938-1940 431 CID Cadillac V-16 was one of the last new American auto engine designs prior to World War Two. Luxury car drivers of the time valued smoothness and silence more than high-speed power. Hydraulic valve lifters promoted silent running and an absence of periodic adjustment. Unlike most cars of the era. an external oil filter safeguarded the precision valve lifters. Despite the use of side valves. the engine produced as much power as the prior 45-degree V-16. and with much less complexity. The earliest engines produced featured an innovative friction wheel drive to the generator. This was soon replaced by a conventional V belt drive. Cadillac claimed that the 1938. 1939 and 1940 Series 90 Sixteen had the best performance of any production car in the world at the time and would accelerate 10-60 in high gear in only 16 seconds. rapid for the time. Mated to the engine is a rebuilt three-speed synchromesh manual transmission and backed by a 4. 31 rear end.
Inside. the car's Fleetwood Coachwork tan interior is in overall gorgeous condition. The seats. which look more like divans or davenports. are in excellent shape. as is the matching fitted carpet. In the rear are a center-mounted armrest divider. armrest-mounted ashtrays. footrests and a wide fold-down tray to dash off a postcard or have a quick nosh. There are also hooks and rods on which to hang coats. scarves and other outerwear. The headliner is in likewise shape. The metal instrument panel. painted a dark salmon shade. is quite eye-catching and contrasts brilliantly with the tan surroundings. The car's brown metal dash offers full instrumentation and the original. three-spoke steering wheel is present and looks fantastic. The inner door panels. with their beautiful wooden windowsills. present quite well and the mirror glass is in good order. as is the shift lever.
Competition to this Cadillac in 1938 included V-12 models from Lincoln. Packard. Pierce-Arrow and Rolls-Royce. The only other American manufacturers to field V-16 engines in the 1930s were Marmon and Peerless.
This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis. Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 4. 22 miles. It is sold as is. where is. on a clean and clear. mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!!
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MotoExotica. com is a licensed bonded dealer through the state of Missouri. We have been in business since 1988 selling high end. special interest. pre-owned and exotic vehicles.
With the advent of the Internet and EBay Motors. we have found an avenue that allows us to sell cars we normally purchased for ourselves. We have owned just about every exotic and luxury car known to man; such as ISO Grifo to Jaguar XKE. Lamborghini Countach and Rolls Royce.
In the past. these cars were sold primarily through Hemmings Motor News and through word of mouth. We would normally keep a car and enjoy it personally for 6 – 18 months. However. with listing cars on EBay Motors. our turnover has tremendously increased. Now. the average time we hold a car is 4 – 6 weeks!
With the increase in turnover has come the increased need of fine automobiles. We are constantly looking for exceptional cars and travel the country coast to coast in search of the rare and unusual. We find our cars through individuals like yourselves as well as classic car and dealers auctions. We do not purchase vehicles that we would not be proud to own ourselves.
For a quote on shipping anywhere in the world. please feel free to email us at sales@Motoexotica. com or call 636-600-4600. We will give you an estimated cost for open and enclosed transport or overseas. We are happy to accommodate our international buyers! Over the last several decades we have exported thousands of cars to Norway. Germany. Estonia. Puerto Rico. Hawaii. Alaska. Costa Rica. Brazil. British Columbia. Canada and many other locations around the world. Overseas shipments will be placed into a steel container for safe sea passage or optional roll-on/roll-off (RoRo). We take care of all the details and paperwork. All you have to do is collect the car at your nearest port and enjoy! Please note that we are not a transport company and only offer this service as a convenience to our customers. You are more than welcome to arrange your own shipping. Transportation will commence only after final payment and signed documentation are received.
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The vehicle is offered with a right to a personal inspection by any bidder or agent. If you or an agent upon completion of a scheduled inspection at our St. Louis location finds the car not to your liking. we will refund your deposit with no questions asked. Feedback MUST be left before the vehicle is released to the buyer/agent/shipper. If you are the high bidder and unable to inspect said vehicle before auction close. you or an agent will have seven (7) days to inspect said vehicle after the close of auction. I encourage a physical inspection strongly to avoid any misunderstandings or representations.
All disputes arising out of or resulting from this sale shall be finally determined by binding arbitration in St. Louis. Missouri in accordance with the commercial rules of arbitration of the American Arbitration Association. The arbitration shall be carried out by one or more arbitrators in accordance with said rules. Any award shall be enforceable in any court of competent jurisdiction in the same manner as judgments. This agreement to arbitrate shall survive the sale of the automobile described herein. Buyer and Seller hereby agree that Missouri law shall control for all purposes under this Bill of Sale. Buyer and Seller hereby consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts of Missouri to specifically enforce the agreement to arbitrate and to enter judgment of and enforce the award of the arbitrator. All above terms and conditions are applied to vehicle sales. whether through EBay or otherwise. Fees and Taxes
Payment must be made by Cashiers Check. Money Orders or Wire Transfers payable in US Dollars. A Refundable deposit in the amount of $500. 00 must be received within Twenty-Four (24) hours of the auctions close either by Master Card. Visa. Discover or PayPal (Credit Cards or PayPal for deposit only NOT for full payment). Purchaser cannot make any claims of ownership to said vehicle without payment in full. The buyer has seven (7) days from close of auction to inspect the vehicle. If an inspection or decision takes longer than seven days and you find the vehicle not to your liking. your deposit will be forfeited and the car will be relisted. Final payment must be received within ten (10) days of the auction close. The refundable deposit only applies if you or an agent inspect said vehicle in St. Louis and find it not to your liking. Documentation Fee: There will be a $195. 00 fee added to each car sold. This includes title transfer. inventory tax. holding costs. vehicle preparation. storage and priority documentation delivery.
We will not be responsible for buyer’s remorse or problems found to said vehicle once they have left our property. We are just being realistic; most of the cars we deal in are vintage and by their very nature will need TLC and some degree of attention sooner or later. These are not new cars and your expectation should not be of a perfect. new car. Once full payment has been received. Seller will email or fax a copy of clear title. Bill of Sale. Buyers Guide and additional DMV forms to the Buyer to sign and return via email or fax. The fully-executed forms must be returned to the Seller prior to the shipment of said vehicle. Original paperwork will be sent to Buyer via USPS Priority Mail within ten (10) days from date of final payment. ☎ Call or text "71470" to 636-323-3317 for more information
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