Cadillac will be heading to this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with a pair of Fleetwood V-16s built from 1934 to 1937. The two custom-built convertibles were available but never ordered by customers during the Great Depression.
The historic Cadillacs will be on display alongside with the American automaker’s lineup of newest cars at Peter Hay Hill when the show opens up to the public on August 16th. The 1934 rumbleseat roadster model 5802 and the 1937 Phaeton model 5859 were part of Cadillac’s made-to-order Fleetwood collection and were never selected by customers.
So how are they available for display now? Decades after it was first offered, Fran Roxas built the Phaeton 5859 and Roadster 5802 from scratch. The renowned automobile restorer and coachbuilder relied on the original blueprints from Cadillac designer John Hampshire, and both vehicles have since won best-in-class awards at the famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Both vehicles were recently sold at an auction: The Phaeton 5859 went for $962,500 while the Roadster 5802 sold for $1,001,000.
“The Cadillac Phaeton 5859 and Roadster 5802 are literally unlike any other vehicle ever built,” said Clay Dean, Cadillac design director. “The Cadillac design team is still inspired by these two vehicles as we dream and conceive of future Cadillac entries.”