Tuesday, September 23, 2014
San Ramon Street Sighting - 1932 Cadillac V-16 Dual Cowl Phaeton
1940 Buick Limited convertible sedan I featured a couple of months ago. He told me the paint is old and might get repainted in a few years if he ever plans to do concours events with it. In the meantime, the car gets driven in long-distance car club trips. It has been driven across Europe including on the German autobahn, and driven across the United States from New York to San Francisco for the Lincoln Highway Centennial. I've seen it a couple of times in local shows as well. Judging by the paint combination and recent license plates, this is probably the same car that sold at a 2001 Barrett-Jackson auction for $193,600. At that point it was wearing apparently original Rhode Island license plates. These plates appear to be 2007 or 2008 issues, so maybe it was re-sold before it reached the current owner. The owner told me that this exact car was used as a reference by a diecast company years ago, possibly Danbury Mint, for their 1:24 scale Cadillac V-16 Phaeton. The Danbury model was produced in Carousel Green with cream interior, instead of the black interior and black fenders of this car.
photo shoot for an opera magazine. It didn't work out, and the photographer sourced a Mercedes E-Class convertible instead (though I did suggest that area on Telegraph Hill, corner of Montgomery and Green Streets). The day I stopped by, the Cadillac happened to be sitting out front and the owner was unloading a 1937 Cord 812 roadster from a car trailer. I haven't had the chance to shoot that one... yet.