Two Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 models came to life

Two Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 models came to life


It seems that Cadillac plans to present the two Fleetwood V-16s you see in the gallery at the annual Pebble Beach Concours dElegance in Carmel, California, an event that will take place this week. Even though the two models have a completely original design belonging to Cadillac, actually, the cars were new built by the carmaker. To be more precise, the 1934 5802 rumble seat roadster model and the 1937 Phaeton model 5859 were part of the made-to-order Cadillac Fleetwood collection and appeared in the build books. Back then customers used to choose different options for their cars, but because of the Great Depression, unfortunately, the two cars were unselected in the end. Lots of years later, Fran Roxas, a well-known restorer and coachbuilder managed to obtain the blueprints for the Roadster style 5802 and the 5passenger dual-cowl Phaeton style 5859 designed by John Hampshire. These two both had as base the V16 chassis. It was a little difficult, but with the help received from the Art Center Collage of Design in California, Roxas managed to decipher the sketches made by John Hampshire and this is how the two models became reality. Under the hood, the cars hide a Cadillac 16-cylinder engine. After the manufacturing process was over, both the Roadster style 5802 and the Phaeton style 5859 were auctioned. The first one brought $1.001.000 and the second one was sold for $962.500.general Motors said its engineers used the sketches as inspiration for the Ciel Convertible concept, a model that was revealed last year. This will actually be revealed as well at the pebble Beach exhibit between the 16th and 19th of this month.



Two Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 models came to life image Two Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 models came to life image
Two Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 models came to life image