In the mid 30s the United States was in the midst of the Great Depression.This gloom economic time didn’t stop Cadillac from offering lavish and luxurious vehicles for owners to buy. At this time Cadillac was offering made-to-order vehicles in the form of the Fleetwood collection. Customers would use “build books” to specify all their options. Of all the cars on offer, there were two that were never selected or built, a 1934 rumbleseat roadster model 5802 and a 1937 Phaeton model 5859.
Many years later coachbuilder and automotive restorer Fran Roxas would build the two cars from scratch using the original blueprints. Both cars are powered by Cadillac’s 16-cylinder engine. The cars existed in obscurity until they were profiled in a recent Hemmings CLassic Car article. They have both been recently auctioned for near a million dollars each, but they will be showcased at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
“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.”
Anyone who makes it the show will be able to see these two impressive machines as well as many other pieces of lust-worthy metal from Cadillac like a 1953 LeMans and the Ciel Convertible concept.
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