In between modern supercars and rare vehicles of the last century bound to go under the hammer, a Cadillac Type 51 stands out.
Described by the vendor as a “large, luxurious automobile”, it was introduced in September 1914, as a 1915MY, it’s Caddy’s first ever V8-powered car and also its first left-hand drive model, as previous ones were offered in RHD. The classic Cadillac was imported from Massachusetts, USA, to Denmark, in 1990, where it stood on a farm for a few years until it was purchased by an enthusiasts who was building a collection of early cars.
It underwent through a complete restoration process that took five years, during which the body was separated from the frame, everything was sandblasted and painted in a base coat and the leather was removed from inside, only to display the wood in perfect condition. Before being ready for the road, it has its engine rebuilt and body painted in deep Royal blue with Black wings, using long-gone techniques.
Many months of assembly later, the car was returned to its former glory and will hit the auction block on May 28, at SilverstoneAuctions‘ event at the Classic Race Aarhus 2016, estimated to fetch anywhere between £120,000 and £135,000 ($174,000-196,000).