Author Topic: 1937 V12 Cadillac  (Read 1141 times)

Offline Boont

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  • Name: bill kimberlin
1937 V12 Cadillac
« on: January 19, 2016, 11:16:18 PM »
My friend Rick is trying to do a little research on the car that he had his first year of college. He lived in Santa Barbara Ca. at the time and gave it up when his mother said it took up too much room in the driveway. It was a 1937 Cadillac V12 with some kind of custom body that he was told had been built for the world's fair in France. The original Fleetwood body had been removed. It was so wide that a cop told him it was legal to have 4 people in the front seat. Any thoughts or information might help trace this strange car. Thanks.

Offline harry s

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Re: 1937 V12 Cadillac
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2016, 10:14:04 AM »
That's pretty wild. It looks like a 1938 front end or could be a '38 to '40 V 16 front. I would say, just my opinion, that this car appears to be a non factory custom. Very interesting, I hope someone has info or knows the history.     Harry
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Offline Bob Hoffmann CLC#96

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Re: 1937 V12 Cadillac
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2016, 06:31:10 PM »
Guys,
 I bought that car in San Jose, Ca. about 1973. The body & mechanical work was REAL crude. Part aluminum ,part steel.  Good running gear. I had a 37 V12 conv. sedan with no engine & trans. I used the motor & trans from the custom. I didn't have the heart to junk it. A guy bought it  & it got kicked around town for a few years. It finally ended up in a storage lot in Alviso. I lost track of it at that time. Be advised that was 35+ years ago & I have NO way to trace it. Sorry.
HTH, Bob
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Offline Boont

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  • Name: bill kimberlin
Re: 1937 V12 Cadillac
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2016, 09:44:27 PM »

Well, that is the power of the internet for you. Thank you so much Bob, for taking the time to reply. Just that little bit of information will thrill my friend Rick.

Do you have any photos of the engine or the car you installed it in? That would be great to see, at least for Rick.

Thanks again.

Offline Steve Passmore

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Re: 1937 V12 Cadillac
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2016, 03:48:41 AM »
Guys,
 I bought that car in San Jose, Ca. about 1973. The body & mechanical work was REAL crude. Part aluminum ,part steel.  Good running gear. I had a 37 V12 conv. sedan with no engine & trans. I used the motor & trans from the custom. I didn't have the heart to junk it. A guy bought it  & it got kicked around town for a few years. It finally ended up in a storage lot in Alviso. I lost track of it at that time. Be advised that was 35+ years ago & I have NO way to trace it. Sorry.
HTH, Bob

When I read this thread I absolutely knew you be connected with it somewhere Bob ;D
Steve

Present
1937 60 convertible coupe
1941 62 convertible coupe
1941 62 coupe

Previous
1936 70 Sport coupe
1937 85 series V12 sedan
1938 60 coupe
1938 50 coupe
1939 60S
1940 62 coupe
1941 62 convertible coupe x2
1941 61 coupe
1941 61 sedan x2
1941 62 sedan x2
1947 62 sedan
1959 62 coupe

Offline Bob Hoffmann CLC#96

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Re: 1937 V12 Cadillac
« Reply #5 on: January 22, 2016, 05:39:36 PM »
Steve,
 You be right. LOL! I was trying to stuff it into the 60 series CC but it wouldn't fit. LOL! It was so much fun dragging in those cars back then. And... I'll bet I've saved more cars than everyone on this board combined. If the custom wasn't so crude, I'd have saved it.
Bob
1968 Eldorado slick top ,white/red interior
2015 Holden Ute HSV Maloo red/black interior.
             
Too much fun is more than you can have.

Offline Steve Passmore

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  • Name: Steve Passmore - Sadly Deceased
Re: 1937 V12 Cadillac
« Reply #6 on: January 22, 2016, 05:49:13 PM »
Dang, you da man Bob!
Steve

Present
1937 60 convertible coupe
1941 62 convertible coupe
1941 62 coupe

Previous
1936 70 Sport coupe
1937 85 series V12 sedan
1938 60 coupe
1938 50 coupe
1939 60S
1940 62 coupe
1941 62 convertible coupe x2
1941 61 coupe
1941 61 sedan x2
1941 62 sedan x2
1947 62 sedan
1959 62 coupe

Offline Silbak

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  • Name: Bob Byles
Re: 1937 V12 Cadillac
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2016, 06:44:03 PM »
Remind Rick that this beast earned the title "The Edsel Eater" after he rear-ended and throughly trashed an Edsel while only shaking the dust off the caddy's front bumper.

 

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