1931 Cadillac 370A seven-passenger Imperial Limousine (body by Fisher, style 163).  According to the Cadillac and LaSalle directory, only 598 of these body styles were produced, and two are listed in the directory.  This is a very well-preserved original car with no rust or rot anywhere.  The car has dual side-mounts with original chrome tread covers and Cadillac mirrors, stone guard, Trippe lights, goddess hood ornament, Klaxon trumpet horns, original Cadillac trunk with impeccably restored wood interior, manual crank divider window (de-laminated), jump seats, lap robe and pulls, footrest, push button signal in rear compartment and speaker in chauffeur compartment, exterior windshield visor and interior visor over driver’s seat (not currently attached), rear ashtray and cigarette lighter, window shades and exterior courtesy lights above the running boards. The wheelbase is 143 inches. The front seat is leather while the rear compartment is upholstered in gray herringbone wool broadcloth.  The headliner and side panels are snug and do not sag.  Interior door and window trim is black, and all windows open/close easily.  The dashboard features centrally-positioned gauges, all of which work as they should; wind-up clock also works; windshield wipers move laterally and the original vacuum system works fine.  There is no radio but the original heater (not installed) is included along with the original switch.  The steering features horn button, manual throttle and headlight controls, all of which work as they should.  Choke and spark advance are mounted on the dash.  All the lights operate including the Trippe lights off of the original switch, and the dash lights.  There is a battery cut-off switch discretely mounted in the chauffeur’s compartment.  The leather roof insert is in terrific condition, with no tears or leaks anywhere. Even the original leather wrappings near the front wheels is in tact!   Parking brake is located in the center of the floor, to the right of the shift handle.  Of course, the engine is started by a button just to the right of the gas pedal. The V12 engine starts easily and runs smoothly, and the brakes operate effectively with no screeching or pulling to one side.  The engine was rebuilt by the previous owner, and the dual downdraft carburetors have given me no trouble, nor has the original vacuum tank fuel system.  The car shifts easily, and the synchromesh transmission (2nd and 3rd gears) is quiet with no chattering or scraping.

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Location: Saint Clair, Pennsylvania, United States