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1938
Cadillac
Series 65
Stock # 4421-DFW
Engine 346 CI V8
Transmission 3 Speed Manual
Color Black
Interior Beige
Mileage 85,037 (Believed Actual)
Chassis
Front Tire Specification 7.50 x 16
Rear Tire Specification 7.50 x 16
Front Brakes Specification Drum
Rear Brakes Specification Drum
Options
Cloth Interior
Documentation
Owner's Manual
Advertised Price
BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE PRE-WAR CADDY! STOCK W/ 346 V8, 3 SPD MAN, RUNS/DRIVES GREAT!

Before World War II (and for some time after, for that matter), Cadillac was the Standard of the World and car's like this beautiful 1938 Cadillac Series 65 sedan would showcase the fact that you were still a master of the universe. Big, comfortable, and flamboyant, it's also one of the best-driving cars of the era with lots of power, incomparable ride quality, and enough chrome to outfit a fleet of modern cars. In the pre-fin era, this car is a vaunted movie star. Pre-war Cadillacs aren't found on the market frequently, especially in turnkey condition, so if you've been looking to purchase the apex of American antique luxury you better act fast, because this Caddy won't be with us long.

Long, sleek bodies like this always look great in dark colors, and Cadillac Black never goes out of style, especially on a senior-circuit CCCA car like this. This 2nd and final-year offering of the two-year only Series 65 C-body showcased classic features including an integrated, coupe-like trunk that has an appearance of being an integral part of the body (which would inspire 'three-box' sedan styling for years to come), oversized fenders connected with running boards, convertible-style front-hinged ... Please ask for the full description.

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1938 Cadillac Series 65
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1938 Cadillac Series 65

$29,995
SOLD
Stock
4421-DFW
Engine Size
346 CI V8
Transmission
3 Speed Manual
Miles
85,037 (Believed Actual)
Location
Fort Worth
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BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE PRE-WAR CADDY! STOCK W/ 346 V8, 3 SPD MAN, RUNS/DRIVES GREAT!

Before World War II (and for some time after, for that matter), Cadillac was the Standard of the World and car's like this beautiful 1938 Cadillac Series 65 sedan would showcase the fact that you were still a master of the universe. Big, comfortable, and flamboyant, it's also one of the best-driving cars of the era with lots of power, incomparable ride quality, and enough chrome to outfit a fleet of modern cars. In the pre-fin era, this car is a vaunted movie star. Pre-war Cadillacs aren't found on the market frequently, especially in turnkey condition, so if you've been looking to purchase the apex of American antique luxury you better act fast, because this Caddy won't be with us long.

Long, sleek bodies like this always look great in dark colors, and Cadillac Black never goes out of style, especially on a senior-circuit CCCA car like this. This 2nd and final-year offering of the two-year only Series 65 C-body showcased classic features including an integrated, coupe-like trunk that has an appearance of being an integral part of the body (which would inspire 'three-box' sedan styling for years to come), oversized fenders connected with running boards, convertible-style front-hinged front doors and suicide rear doors, and a steeply-raked and Veed windshield up front. Luxury vehicles in this class were mostly built to be chauffeur-driven prior to the Series 60 and 65 cars, but this buxom beauty with its large 'six-window' canopy glass area was intended to be owner-driven, and with that lofty purpose it became quite a game-changer. Even Ms. Daisy could have driven herself to the Piggly Wiggly in one of these if she so chose. The design remains extremely attractive today with an expensive look that hasn't changed in the last 80+ years. The panels on this handsome sedan are in good condition, and the shiny black, driver-quality finish is worthy of a Cadillac with great pedigree, although the glossy finish is not without its flaws. Nevertheless, the curb appeal is quite stunning, giving this car a presence that easily overlooks the imperfections it has accrued throughout the years. There's also a lot of chrome too, from the massive grille up front, the horizontal bars on the sides of the alligator hood, to the big chrome bumpers fore and aft that all bring great contrast to the otherwise jet-black complexion. The bullet-shaped headlights are carefully wedged between the fenders and hood, and out back the taillight design is a small preview of the big tailfins soon to come in later models.

There's more Pre-War luxury inside, where the original bench seats are upholstered in correct beige broadcloth that looks perfect for 1938, and by the looks of it, it might all be original to the car. The soft upholstery is durable, handsome and shows incredibly little wear considering the age, but is easily explained because the status of this car almost demands you to put on a tuxedo before you get inside. Beautiful tan plastics are used for the banjo steering wheel and accessory knobs, the dashboard is opulently appointed and polished, and the tall door panels are ornately finished with original hardware and arm rests. Dark wood outlines the windshield and all the windows, and it's all in great shape, giving the interior an incredibly upscale look and feel. A full array of factory gauges provide a comprehensive view of the engine, and they're joined in the beautiful dash by multiple switches and a factory clock that's flanked by chrome-accented speaker grills. The slender shifter controls a 3-speed manual transmission, which was the new standard transmission in 1938, and although there's no radio one could easily be stashed away inside the glove compartment. The carpets are incredibly plush and insulate the cabin nicely, the headliner is original-style and taut, and the rear seat looks like it's rarely seen passengers, because even the armrests show almost no wear. There's also a rather large trunk out back that includes a full-sized spare and complete jack assembly.

Power comes from Cadillac's famous 346 cubic inch Monobloc V8 – the flathead later used extensively in Sherman tanks during World War II - which speaks to its bulletproof reliability. The engine makes 135 factory-rated horsepower and a serious dose of torque, and combined with excellent gear spacing in the transmission, it's swift and effortless in traffic, and will cruise all day at 60 MPH, making late pre-war Cadillacs like this ideal tour cars. Very nicely preserved and finished with correct engine paint and a proper air cleaner, the engine bay is ready to be shown off with pride. With a Stromberg carburetor, electric choke, and 'Synchro-Flex' flywheel working in tandem with the stock 6V system, the engine runs smoothly, and the 3-speed manual transmission shifts smoothly. Underneath, the chassis is all-stock as well, with a 'Knee-Action' independent suspension up front, hypoid rear axle out back, and a sturdy X-frame design that might be more at home supporting a bridge somewhere, as it easily supports the 4K plus pounds of this big body touring car. That heavy-duty frame means the big-body Caddy sits up straight and ready for action, and that awesome stance is further enhanced by the paint-matched steel wheels adorned with correct Cadillac hubcaps and 7.50-16 whitewall bias-ply tires.

Enthusiasts already know what magnificent road cars these are, and any grand tour or CCCA Caravan will typically include several Pre-War Cadillacs in the herd, although not many are blessed with cars as rare as this Series 65. Own a piece of motoring history, call today!

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Documentation

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Exterior Color
Black
Interior Color
Beige
Front Brakes
Drum
Rear Brakes
Drum
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