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CC-382780

For Sale: 1938 Cadillac V16
in Cleveland, Ohio

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Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
Vintage Motor Cars Ohio
26210 Emery Rd
Cleveland, OH 44128-2251
216-496-9492
Description
 
Barn find 1938 Cadillac V16 7-Passenger Touring Sedan. Out of circulation for more than 40 years. 100% complete except for horn button and 99% rust-free. Engine turns, car rolls, but does not run or drive. Missing wheel/tire in photos is included.

Note: The vehicle seen beside this Cadillac in the photos is NOT FOR SALE.

This 1938 Cadillac V16 7-passenger touring sedan, style number 38-9023, body #14, is one of 65 built, and according to several sources, there are only 8 known to exist (this would be #9). It is a true barn find, having been out of circulation for more than 40 years, yet carefully protected in a low-moisture environment away from sunlight. You can see surface rust on the body in some areas, but that is factory paint clinging to its surface. There is no evidence of previous accident or rust repair, and every panel on the car appears in excellent condition. All four doors open and close like the proverbial bank vault, and even things like the sidemount covers fit tightly. The chrome has deteriorated, but shows no damage and all of the trim is there.

The is 100% original and quite intact, although it shows age and some signs of rodent/moth damage and is probably not salvageable, but will make for excellent patterns. Twin full-sized jump seats fold behind the seats and are in good condition as well. All the handles, window cranks, garnish moldings, and light fixtures are in place. The dash is full of original instruments, and while there is no way to know whether they are operational, they show good faces. The steering wheel has been wrapped in black electrical tape, so the original plastic is long gone, and the center stack’s plastic is badly deteriorated, which is apparently common to 1938 Cadillacs. Fortunately, all these items are common to all 1938 Cadillacs, so replacements should be easy to source.

The 431 cubic inch V16 has not been operated in decades, but remains completely intact, from the original air cleaners to the exhaust manifolds. Correct Carter carburetors show no signs of leaking, and the porcelainized manifolds just underneath are still shiny. The accessories, ignition system, cooling system, and other critical components are in place, and the engine turns by hand with some effort (there are sixteen pistons in there, after all). The chassis is solid and equally complete, showing only surface rust but no badly deteriorated components. You will notice in photos that the passenger’s side rear tire and wheel are missing, but that’s only because the owner took it to a tire shop to have it patched so the car could be rolled around.

The car is available as-is, and represents a tantalizing restoration opportunity for the talented restorer looking for a multi-cylinder Full Classic. An incredible piece of automotive archaeology that will always have a few stories to tell.

Vintage Motor Cars recommends a full mechanical recommissioning of this vehicle and makes no warranties as to its road-worthiness or mechanical competence. It is sold as-is, where-is as a restoration project.

For more information and photos, please visit www.VintageMotorCarsUSA.com.

STOCK/INV. NUMBER: 132221
Pricing Information
 
Asking Price
$32,900
or best offer
Vehicle Location


Country
United States
 
City, State
Cleveland, OH
Zip
44128-2251
Vehicle Basics

Odometer Reading
73778

Year
1938

VIN
5270069

Vehicle Category/Style
Antique

Convertible
No

Exterior Details

Vehicle Color(s)
Black

Restoration History
Unrestored

Condition of Exterior
Fair

Interior Details

Color(s)
Tan

Seat Material
Cloth

Restoration History
Unrestored

Condition of Interior
Poor

Engine Details

Engine Configuration
V-16

Engine Size
431 cubic inches

Engine History
Original

Engine Condition
Not Running

Transmission Details

Transmission Type
Manual

Drive Train
Rear-wheel drive

 
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