Author Topic: 1940 CADILLAC FLEETWOOD SERIES 75 FORMAL SEDAN FORMERLY OWNED BY HOWARD HUGHES  (Read 822 times)

Offline Matt CLC#18621

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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

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(Apologies in advance if another member has already posted about this eBay ad.)
« Last Edit: March 27, 2019, 06:48:40 PM by Matt CLC#18621 »

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
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Offline 35-709

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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.
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1973 Cadillac Caribou - Sold - but still in the family
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Offline Matt CLC#18621

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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

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

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Offline Bob Hoffmann CLC#96

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I like the Mickey Mouse aftermarket radio just waiting to smash someone's knee!!!
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Offline 35-709

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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

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-

Offline chrisntam

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That car ain't got no arm rests (in the front).  WTH?  Where you supposed to put your arms?
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Offline Alan Harris CLC#1513

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

Offline autoluke

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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.
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Offline wrench

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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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Offline Matt CLC#18621

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

Matt CLC# 18621

Offline tozerco

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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
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Offline Bob Hoffmann CLC#96

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Hey John,
 You're correct!!! Good observation.
 Bob
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2015 Holden Ute HSV Maloo red/black interior.
             
Too much fun is more than you can have.

 

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