1940 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD SERIES 75 FORMAL SEDAN FORMERLY OWNED BY HOWARD HUGHES

Started by Matt CLC#18621, March 27, 2019, 01:45:23 PM

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Matt CLC#18621

1940 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD SERIES 75 FORMAL SEDAN FORMERLY OWNED BY HOWARD HUGHES

I'm assuming H.H. didn't buy used Cadillacs or any automobiles for that matter.

The last picture in the eBay listing depicts an invoice dated February 22, 1940.

http://vi.raptor.ebaydesc.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemDescV4&item=392265914618&category=6149&pm=1&ds=0&t=1553653510617&cspheader=1

The Owner appears to have paid an astounding $3.50 (THREE-DOLLARS AND FIFTY-CENTS) to have their initials included with the delivered Fleetwood.
"PLAIN BLOCK LETTER MONOGRAM WITH INITIALS "" ENCLOSED IN CIRCLE."

I am not certain, but the initials do not appear to be "H.H.", can anybody with better vison confirm that the initials are "H.H.?"

Regards,

Matt CLC# 18621

post script
(Apologies in advance if another member has already posted about this eBay ad.)

"Cadillac Kid" Greg Surfas 15364

I believe HH  ought only the most inconspicuous “plane Jane” vehicles to avoid attracting attention as most (actually) rich folks of the day and today
Greg Surfas
Cadillac Kid-Greg Surfas
Director Modified Chapter CLC
CLC #15364
66 Coupe deVille (now gone to the UK)
72 Eldo Cpe  (now cruising the sands in Quatar)
73 Coupe deVille
75 Coupe deElegance
76 Coupe deVille
79 Coupe de ville with "Paris" (pick up) option and 472 motor
514 inch motor now in '73-

35-709

I see the invoice showing the HH initials to be added but don't see the initials anywhere on the car.  I would need more proof than that that the car was actually Hughes'.  No mention of his name anywhere on the invoice and who says he is the only person with the initials "HH" who could afford that car.
1935 Cadillac Sedan resto-mod "Big Red"
1973 Cadillac Caribou - Sold - but still in the family
1950 Jaguar Mark V Saloon resto-mod - Sold
1942 Cadillac 6269 - Sold
1968 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
1935 Glenn Pray - Auburn Boattail Speedster, Gen. 2

Matt CLC#18621

The Fleetwood's total invoice was $3,225.90.

That's less than it cost me for me for a MOPAR PCM ECM ECU (whatever it is) with a 3 week back order plus labor.

Regards,

Matt CLC# 18621

Mike Josephic CLC #3877

Whether it really belonged to H.H. or not, it's an
impressive and beautiful car.  I believe the interior
is mostly original, although I'm no expert on 1940's.

Somebody obviously put some $$ into this to make
it look so good.  What astounds me is in the engine
compartment where they used worm-gear hose
clamps and topped it off with a Stant radiator cap.

Mike

1955 Cadillac Eldorado
1973 Cadillac Eldorado
1995 Cadillac Seville
2004 Escalade
1997 GMC Suburban 4X4, 454 engine, 3/4 ton
custom built by Santa Fe in Evansville, IN
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Bob Hoffmann CLC#96

I like the Mickey Mouse aftermarket radio just waiting to smash someone's knee!!!
1968 Eldorado slick top ,white/red interior
2015 Holden Ute HSV Maloo red/black interior.
             
Too much fun is more than you can have.

35-709

OK, I understand, the initials referred to are on the invoice --- they sure look like "R.M." to me.
1935 Cadillac Sedan resto-mod "Big Red"
1973 Cadillac Caribou - Sold - but still in the family
1950 Jaguar Mark V Saloon resto-mod - Sold
1942 Cadillac 6269 - Sold
1968 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
1935 Glenn Pray - Auburn Boattail Speedster, Gen. 2

"Cadillac Kid" Greg Surfas 15364

RM it is.  If nothing else, the car would not have been sold directly to Howard Hughes but to Hughes Oil Tool Co.
Greg Surfas
Cadillac Kid-Greg Surfas
Director Modified Chapter CLC
CLC #15364
66 Coupe deVille (now gone to the UK)
72 Eldo Cpe  (now cruising the sands in Quatar)
73 Coupe deVille
75 Coupe deElegance
76 Coupe deVille
79 Coupe de ville with "Paris" (pick up) option and 472 motor
514 inch motor now in '73-

chrisntam

That car ain't got no arm rests (in the front).  WTH?  Where you supposed to put your arms?
1970 Deville Convertible 
Dallas, Texas

Alan Harris CLC#1513

The folks being driven didn't much care where the help put their elbows while they were driving.

autoluke

CAUTION..

Same seller was advertising a Rolls Royce "owned by Douglas Fairbanks" a few years ago.

As an interested buyer < I did some investigation , only to find that the original owner was his son, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
Phil Lukens

wrench

Quote from: chrisntam on March 27, 2019, 10:03:35 PM
That car ain't got no arm rests (in the front).  WTH?  Where you supposed to put your arms?

The idea was probably 'keep your hands on the wheel'...
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1969 Eldorado
1970 Eldorado (Triple Black w/power roof)
1958 Apache 3/4 ton 4x4
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Matt CLC#18621

I think both Douglas Fairbanks and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. along with “Mommy Dearest” were intimately familiar with the Rolls Royce!

Matt CLC# 18621

tozerco

Quote from: 35-709 on March 27, 2019, 04:41:17 PM
I see the invoice showing the HH initials to be added but don't see the initials anywhere on the car.

From the invoice, I think the initials were to be on the rear compartment blanket (robe). Not surprised it isn't there....
John Tozer
#7946

'37 7513
'37 7533

Bob Hoffmann CLC#96

1968 Eldorado slick top ,white/red interior
2015 Holden Ute HSV Maloo red/black interior.
             
Too much fun is more than you can have.