Full CCCA Classic 355ci. V8 Vintage Antique Auto Car GM Award Winning 3rd Owner

Price: US $32,100.00 Item location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Make: Cadillac
  • Model: Series 355 Eight
  • SubModel: 5 Passenger Sedan
  • Trim: Sedan
  • Year: 1931
  • Mileage: 27,875
  • VIN: 810045
  • Engine size: 355 ci. V8
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1931 Cadillac Series 355 Eight 5 Passenger Sedan

This is a super nice 1931 Cadillac Series 355 Eight, 5 Passenger Sedan, nicely appointed and accessorized.
This was a new longer, lower body than the previous year, sporting a longer hood with 5 hood side ports with matching doors in the cowl. A new frame was also introduced with the radiator mounted lower in the frame.
The result was a sleeker and sportier stance than previous models.

A total of 10,717 Series 355 Cadillacs were built in 1931 in 13 different body styles, with no breakdown of individual model production available.
Serial numbers were not used, they were registered by engine number stamped on the crankcase. This one is numbered 810045, placing it as a late model, 672 units from the end of production.
Body is by Fisher, style #31259, body #3083.

This car carries CCCA Full Classic status.
It is an extremely low mileage example with only 27,875 original miles and known history back to day one, and has spent its entire life in the dry western climates of South Dakota, Wyoming, and southern Alberta. It has been in the care of its present and 3rd owner since 1992.

The car was originally sold new to a rancher near Rapid City, South Dakota. His daughter inherited the car and later moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming taking the car with her. Parked in 1942 due to gas rationing, the car remained in storage for the next 50 years as she purchased a new car post WWII. Subsequently the day came that she wanted it gone and it was sold to a close friend of the current owner.

Being a seasoned collector of higher end classics, he knew enough to approach the cars revival from storage with care and caution. The engine was partially disassembled to address a few minor repairs and allow for thorough cleaning. Repairs were such as the oil pump, one rod bearing re-babbitted, and a valve grind with one new exhaust valve, and away it went. To this day the car starts, runs and sounds wonderful. He also had high quality replating done of some exterior brightwork.
In 1985 his buddy waved a restored 1910 EMF under his nose and they traded.

It remains very true to original, apart from the aforementioned plating, and one exquisite repaint in year 2000, at which time all new safety glass was installed.
In the years since acquiring the car from his good friend, the present owner has logged only 1,575 miles, participating in many local tours, and winning numerous awards and much recognition for its outstanding condition.

Never having suffered any body damage or rust, the car presents outstandingly in all respects. Mechanically strong and sound, body dead straight, paintwork flawless, brightwork top notch, and an incredible original interior.
This Cadillac needs nothing and will be a carriage of pride for its next caretaker.

This listing provides many more details of this special Cadillac as you scroll thru, followed by a link to a photo album of nearly 200 pics of this fine classic.

The engine is the correct original 355 ci. L-Head V8, rated at 95 plus horsepower. It starts easily, sounds great, runs strong, and does not smoke or overheat.
All other mechanical components on and around the engine are correct originals and complement the engine in their presentation and operation.

The engine bay is clean and tidy, apart from light dust from it few outings and miles.
Mechanicals have been maintained in reliable operating condition as required and modern hints are few and minor, such as hose clamps, a couple of electrical connectors, and a heater hose bypass union.
The original radiator had been flushed and is in good order. It has thermostatically controlled louvers in front, behind the screen guard. The control arm has been disconnected to keep the louvers in an open position since the car is never driven during cold weather.

There are 2 notable, non-permanent additions for practicality. First, a cross-over brace with foldable extensions is clamped to the cowl to rad support rods for purposes of supporting both hood halves in an open position.

Second, a fuel shut-off knob and shaft is supported by a brace clamped to the left cowl to rad rod. This knob is accessible via one of the left hood side ports without having to raise the hood, very convenient.

The 3 speed selective and first year synchro-mesh transmission with twin disc clutch shifts as it should and there is no clutch chatter, and no unusual sounds from the differential.
New seals have been installed throughout as required.

This Cadillac has a 134” wheelbase. The solid frame shows no signs of ever having any damage or corrosion.
The chassis is basically clean but shows the usual road dust of its driven miles.

All systems and components are original and remain in good operable and roadworthy condition, as one would expect of a well maintained car with such low miles.
Suspension maintains the car in a proper stance. All shocks were rebuilt and all 4 leaf springs retain their original metal sheathing.

Safety-mechanical brakes at all 4 wheels with 16½” drums are in good condition and brake evenly with no side pull.
Steering components are tight.
It has a new exhaust system in excellent condition.
Gas tank was flushed and shows no dents.

It sports 18” painted wire spoke wheels with red painted pin stripes, and beautiful correct hubcaps.
Tires are a matched set of 6 very wide whitewall 7.00x18 Lesters. The running tires have very good tread remaining and the dual spares are as new.
All hardware for the twin sidemounts is complete including painted metal covers, spare mounted rear view mirrors, and correct accessory locking hubcaps.

The wood body structure is absolutely solid with no issues whatsoever.
Prior to repaint all sheet metal was free of any damage or rust. All body panels, hood, fenders and doors are very straight.
Alignment and gaps of all doors and panels is excellent.

The owner elected to deviate from the original all black in favor of this very tasteful and much more appealing 2-tone combination, adorned with professionally hand painted silver pin striping.
Professional paint work was done by a close associate and is flawless and of the finest quality, done in base/clear. The body was carefully disassembled to allow for proper and comprehensive color change and carefully re-assembled. Undersides of all fenders are also body color.

Running board aluminum trim is in very nice condition but for one small soft dent passenger side. New rubber mating installed is exact replica of original.

The car retains original positive ground 6 volt electricals, and there is a battery cut-off switch located under the dash.
All wiring is in good original condition.
Most electrical items are in good working order, except for the rear seat lighter at the passenger side. Previously working, suspicion is that the feed wire may have become disconnected during glass replacement. The heater fan is also disconnected.

The gauge cluster displays a very nice original patina and contains a full complement of gauges including a clock, trip odometer, and lighter.

The original Tropic-Aire heater is controlled from its mated switch to the right of the steering column.

The steering wheel is in excellent original condition with no cracks, as are the bakelite horn button and center control levers.

Turn signals have been added and are switched from a modern electrical controller which is magnetically mounted to the dash and can be quickly and easily removed from sight.

This car is equipped with rare Cadillac Pilot-Ray Automatic Driving Lamps. These lamps turn with the direction of the front wheels and are a wonderful addition for night time visibility.

Twin painted horns mounted behind and below the headlamps are in working order.

In short, you would be hard pressed to find a nicer original survivor interior anywhere, on any car. Truly a treat to behold!

Seat frames, springs and covers are completely original in wonderful condition. No rips, tears or wear detected. It is evident that there had never been a mouse problem in the car.

All welting and wind lacing is in beautiful original condition and displays its ornate art deco styling and pattern.
You rarely ever find such wonderful originality and detail in a car of this vintage.

The interior is further adorned with appropriate dual bud vases, and rear pull down blinds and assist straps, all in great condition.
The headliner and sun visors are equal in presentation.

All 4 door panels are beautiful and have a lower carpeted section. The rear doors have pockets.
The original wood grain on the garnish moldings is very nice also throughout. Only on the lower horizontal piece of the front doors is slight rub wear evident.

Sports its original Cadillac Motors scripted rubber pedal pads, and side kick panels with vent lever controls and map pocket on the right side.
All carpets original in very nice condition, with original binding, snaps, and even underlay.

All interior brightwork is original nickel plating in very nice condition.
Nice plated hardware on all body and door jambs.
All 4 door sill step plates in very nice condition with nice detailing.

The rear passengers ride in comfort and class. On the right passenger side, the man’s side, is an ash receptacle with built in lighter and push button actuator
On the left, the lady’s side, the receptacle holds a removable compact case and mirror. She can be sure she’s ‘touched up’ before exiting for her evening out.
Both have wood grain detailing

A professional upholstery associate removed the required door and interior panels to facilitate replacement of all glass which had yellowed from age. The car now has safety glass throughout. Equal care was taken to re-install the original panels and the interior retains all its original character. It remains in truly awesome original condition.

The windshield can be raised a couple inches for ventilation by way of a crank handle on the header panel.
A Guide day/night mirror hangs from the header.
Original wipers are in working order and travel in a unique side to side horizontal sweep.

The dash retains its original black paint and features very nice original wood grained and pin striped inserts.
Wonderfully intact original decals are located in both top outer corners of the dash.

The top fabric is original and in exceptional condition with no evident wear or tears.

The luggage trunk, hardware, and straps are equal in caliber and presentation to the car.

Exterior brightwork and chrome plating is a combination of very nice original and show quality re-plating. The car has the optional chrome radiator screen which also has a crank hole cover.
The bumpers are beautifully re-chromed, and the rad shell appears to be nickel, equally beautiful.

The crowning appointment to this classy Cadillac is the beautiful Goddess hood mascot, and she retains all her fine features and detailing.

All headlamp, fender lamp, and Pilot-Ray lamp buckets and bezels are in very nice condition, as are the glass lenses.
Nice original Cadcolite tail lamps and stanchions with good glass lenses.

If motoring in a CCCA Full Classic turns your crank, then this outstanding low mileage luxury Cadillac is ready for you to show, tour with, and enjoy.
A big strong 8 cylinder from one of the premier and distinctive auto makers of the day.
“Standard of the World”

Rarely will you come across a car with as few original miles, as wonderful an interior, as nicely appointed, and as beautifully refinished as this.

Having already passed along his 1912 and 1915 brass era Cadillacs, and after many years of appreciating, refining, and enjoying this ‘31, the owner has decided further reduce his collection and opted to retain his mid-50’s cars.
This special car is now being made available for the first time to the classic car collector world at large.
Thank you for your consideration.


This vintage Cadillac is being listed on behalf of the owner. Please email ‘carsgoneby@telus.net’ or phone Rick at (403)534-2222 for additional honest and accurate information from a professional auto restorer. All information listed has been gathered from discussions with both current and previous owners, a test drive, and visual inspection. Nearly 200 pics are available for viewing at www.carsgoneby.com/PhotoAlbumsPro/1931Cadillac . Additional specific pictures are available upon request. No warranties expressed or implied. Successful bidder to make a minimum payment of 50% of closing bid amount (US funds) within 5 days of auction closing, with the balance payable upon vehicle pick up within 21 days (international) or 14 days (US/Canada).
Payment must be in certifiable form such as cash or wire transfer. Other forms of payment only acceptable with time allowance for instrument to clear bank prior to vehicle being released. Any deviation from, or changes to the preceding terms must be reasonable, and should be requested, discussed, and agreed to prior to bidding and auction closing.


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This vehicle is being sold with a clear Alberta vehicle registration (title) document and bill of sale.
The car is located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, about 3 hours north of the Montana border. Please be aware of your shipping costs before bidding, quotes can be provided upon request if necessary. We can help make this a smooth, hassle free experience by arranging all-inclusive international transportation and brokerage for you. References relating to similar transactions are available. Cars Gone By has sold and shipped numerous collector vehicles to the USA and worldwide, the majority through Ebay transactions.
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