1937 Cadillac Series 75 V8 Convertible Sedan

Sympathetic Restoration, Two Longtime Family Owners


Harry's Thoughts

Many of you know I have a soft spot in my heart for original cars. This has been restored only as-needed and has an incredible two-family ownership over 85 years!! With the historical documentation of its two family provenance and originality, this Cadillac checks many of the right boxes.


This is a beautiful 1937 Cadillac Series 75 V8 Convertible Sedan with Division that has an incredible provenance and has been restored only as-needed.  While retaining many original features, it has been a proven award winner and tour car.  With a well-documented ownership that began with the heiress of the founder of the Crane Co. plumbing company, extensive service, and detailed restoration history, the pride of ownership is apparent from new.  The restoration services were performed only as needed and the result is a beautiful example that can be shown at most all concours events or enjoyed for touring.

This Cadillac was purchased new on November 5th, 1936, at Stuyvesant Cadillac in Kingston, NY by Mrs. Emily Crane Chadbourne, daughter of Crane Co. founder Richard T. Crane. Mrs. Chadbourne owned the car until her passing in 1966 when the car was left to her nephew and eventually to his son, whom the current owner purchased it from in 1991. During his past ownership, this Cadillac has undergone a refreshening to exacting standards, including a bare metal respray of the original Thessalon Green paint and a correct replacement of the tan canvas convertible top in 2018.  To maintain the Cadillac as a fantastic tourer, this owner also commissioned a rebuild of the engine, transmission, differential, fuel tank and lines, brakes and lines, radiator and more. These improvements were performed by craftsmen and engineers selected by Harry Scott, the Cadillacs former owner.  The cost of this restoration work far exceed the asking price for the car today.

The exterior of this Cadillac was refinished in its original Thessalon Green livery in 2011 and still appears showroom new. The chrome and brightwork are in excellent condition with only a few minor imperfections. The tan Haartz cloth convertible top was replaced three years ago along with the inner lining and a replating of the convertible top frame.   It is still in concours condition today. The dual side mounts look great and give the Cadillac a more commanding presence. The chrome wheel covers are in fine shape and are wrapped with Firestone wide white wall bias ply tires.  With the convertible top down, the Cadillac looks more like a sporty phaeton than a convertible sedan.

The beautiful green leather interior is largely original with only a reupholstering of the front seat and new carpet during its 85-year history. The door panels look terrific, save for some wear marks near the footwell and from the utilization of the window cranks. The front seats are comfortable and show little signs of wear. The rear seat shows well when considering the age and still has a soft and supple cushion.  The two-family history and the original interior are examples that this Cadillac has been incredibly well loved and cared for since new.

The wood trim looks very nice and really reveals the quality and beauty that Cadillac is known for. The dash and instrumentation are clear and clean. The division operates with a near effortless twist of the handle. Adorning the area around the division window handle are a cigar lighter and a rare Fleetwood clock. The interior accent lighting is functional and bright.

Mechanically, this Cadillac is ready for the show field and for long distance touring. The 346 cubic inch V8 offered 135 horsepower when new and provides ample power. The floor mounted three speed manual transmission moves through the gears well and offers a confidence inspiring driving experience. The engine compartment is finely detailed, and the undercarriage is clean.

In addition to the numerous tours and parades in its history, this Cadillac holds a Senior Badge from the Cadillac LaSalle Club after being awarded First Place at a Grand National Meet in 1991. The odometer reads 93,000 miles, 13,000 of which were added by the former owner. Included in the sale is a lap robe, original radiator shutters, full set of factory splash pans, screw jack with handle and lug wrench, tools with pouch, two gallons of Evans Coolant, spare tire cover clamps, and a box containing a 1937 Cadillac Owner’s Manual, decades of historical and restoration documentation, and communications.

For more information and details, please call, text or email Harry Clark at +1.602.245.7200 or  The Series 75 is available for viewing at our Phoenix, AZ showroom.  We are pleased to offer FaceTime or WhatsApp live video inspections and we help coordinate shipping worldwide.  We also have financing partners if you are interested in financing.

1937 Cadillac Series 75 V8 Convertible Sedan


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1937 Cadillac Series 75 V8 Convertible Sedan
1937 Cadillac Series 75 V8 Convertible Sedan


VIN 3130808
BODY STYLE Convertible Sedan with Division
FUEL Gasoline
MILES 93,589
INT COLOR Green Leather
EXT COLOR Thessalon Green
YEAR 1937
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Cadillac Series 75 Convertible Sedan

Interesting Fact: The Cadillac Series 75 is a full-size V8-powered series that was produced intermittently from the 1930s to the 1980s. This vehicle was the successor to the company’s former mainstream car and the Series 75 proved to be Cadillac’s top of the line model for most of the post-war era.   During its first…
Interesting Fact: The Cadillac Series 75 is a full-size V8-powered series that was produced intermittently from the 1930s to the 1980s. This vehicle was the successor to the company’s former mainstream car and the Series 75 proved to be Cadillac’s top of the line model for most of the post-war era.   During its first generation, the Series 75 was distinctive due to its v-shaped windshield style and headlights that are mounted on the radiator shell. A 5.7-liter Monobloc V8 powers the car and gives it 135 horsepower. The Series 75 was expected to be a hit at launch, but the high starting price of $2,445 (about $45,000 today) limited sales as it was released in the post-Great Depression era.   As time went on, the Series 75 grew in popularity as the Great Depression fell further into history. Horsepower was eventually raised to 150 and, after the war, the Series 75 became Cadillac’s top-of-the line model. This vehicle is still regarded as an instant classic and recognized by car lovers everywhere!  



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