1937 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 Limousine / Photos and Specs

Featured in this article is an automobile you don't see too often these days...a 1937 Cadillac Limousine. The automobile has a 346 cubic inch V-8 with a three speed manual gearbox, suicide doors and can carry seven passengers.

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37 Cadillac Fleetwood

Cadillac's Series 75

Introduced in 1937, Cadillac’s new Series 75 included eleven Fleetwood body styles ranging from coupes and convertibles to a seven-passenger touring sedan / limousine. This new Series 75 unveiled by Cadillac caught on fast with luxury car buyers and gave Packard some stiff competition. By 1941 the Fleetwood Series 75 was Cadillac's flagship automobile.

A new, broader, die-cast “ egg crate ” grille was fitted. This type styling  would become a standard feature on Cadillac models for many years. Two sets of three small horizontal chrome trim pieces placed in the catwalk area between the fenders and the grille added emphasis to the Cadillac’s wider stance. In addition to this, there were newly styled, large bullet-shaped front fenders that provided a sophisticated yet aggressive look. The Cadillac Series 75 were considered solid, well built automobiles.

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Cadillac Series 75

The Story of Fleetwood Body

Fleetwood Metal Body Company was founded in 1909 in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania. The best description of the work done and the popularity of the Fleetwood Metal Body Company was printed in a February 1920 issue of the Reading (PA) Eagle. See the excerpt below...

"The Fleetwood Metal Body Company, makers of strictly high grade custom automobile bodies, is justly the pride of the Borough of Fleetwood. It furnishes employment to 375 people. The pres­ent force is inadequate to the demand of the output of the plant. In the past five months orders to a total of more than $2 million have been re­fused by the company owing to the fact the out­put of the plant is already contracted for well into '21. Almost daily letters are received from firms, corporations and individuals offering a creditable bonus for the acceptance of an order of high grade automobile bodies.

"The chassis of a Packard, Pierce Arrow, Cadillac or some other superb make is sent to them accompanied by complete instructions as to the kind of body wanted. In many cases, no de­tails are omitted. The selection of color and the material to be used in the luxurious upholstery of the interior being chosen with the greatest of care. The great. proportion of the cars are built for those whose abundant means justify the grati­fying of any whim and the special touch of ex­clusiveness has always been the aim of the Fleet­wood Company as time and again it has won unstinted praise and approval. Andrew Carnegie, the Vanderbilts, the Rockefellers have all been users of Fleetwood cars while Mary Pickford, Theda Bara, Harold Lockwood, Andrew Pierson and other shining lights of motion picturedom have been loud in their praise of the lines and the finish of the cars built especially for them. Their product has been sent to every part of the world including California, South America and Europe".

Fleetwood was acquired by Fisher Body in 1925 and relocated to Detroit, Michigan. Fleetwood was made a part of General Motors in 1931 and eventually became a Cadillac model itself. The Fleetwood name continued for many decades, often referring to limited and low-production styles.

1937 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine Specifications

The 1937 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine had a  346 cubic inch Monobloc Flathead V-8 engine that delivered 135 horsepower. As an historical side note, Cadillac was the first automaker to mass produce the V-8 engine. At this time Cadillac was also producing V-12 and V-16 engines.

Transmission was a three speed manual.

Wheelbase was 156.0 inches, length 240.0 inches, width 77.8 inches and height 69.4 inches.

Cadillac production for 1937 was 14,150 vehicles out of which 4,230 were Series 75 models.

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cadillac limousine 1930'sCadillac Limousine enthusiasts will want to find the book...Cadillac Fleetwood 75 Series Limousines 37-87 by authors Thomas A. McPherson and Walter M.P. McCall. Another good book is..Cadillac: 100 Years of Innovation by Angelo Van Bogart.

Cadillac Series 75 Collector Automobiles

As mentioned above, the Cadillac Series 75 models were popular and well built automobiles. They remain popular collector cars and the 1937 Series 75 Limousine featured in this article is rare.

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If you locate one of these Cadillac limousine models for sale, and they are indeed very rare, the asking price will vary greatly due to originality, condition and degree of restoration if any. Originality would obviously be one of the rarest attributes for an automobile from 1937.

As of this writing we see one Series 75 limousine with an automatic transmission and Chevy 350 engine and an asking price of $17,500. Restored and highly original 1937 Fleetwood models might have asking prices in the $30,000 range to the six figures range depending on the body style. One example would be a totally restored 1937 Cadillac Fleetwood 7539 Town Sedan with an asking price of $70,000.

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1930 Ford Model A Cabriolet / Photos and Specifications

The automobile featured in this article is a superbly restored 1930 Ford Model A Cabriolet. The detailed restoration along with the rumble seat on this vehicle makes the car look fantastic.

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1930 Ford Model A Cabriolet

The New and Improved Ford Model A

The Ford Model A's took the place of the famous Model T’s. Model T's had been around for quite some time and during the early 1920's sales began to decline. More competition was entering the picture. Even with these competitive issues it took a good deal of persuasion to talk Henry Ford into coming out with a new car model. This was a characteristic of the old automaker. Ford had a habit of not wanting to tinker with what he thought was a good car. Competitive pressures made Ford agree to changes that he didn’t feel were necessary. A good example were the Ford brake systems that remained mechanical for a period after General Motors introduced their hydraulic braking system.

The Ford Model A’s were designed by both Henry Ford and Edsel Ford. The Ford Model A was produced from 1929 through 1931. Ford used the body designations 68A, 68B and 68C. The Briggs Body Company built all of the Cabriolet bodies for Ford. The Cabriolet is a convertible with glass side windows, unlike the canvas side curtains found on many other roadster models.

model a cabrioletThe Ford Model A was offered in many different styles. These included a coupe, sports coupe, roadster, cabriolet, towncar, fordor, truck, station wagon and taxicab. All of the various Model A's acquired a reputation as being ruggedly built.

1930 Ford Model A Cabriolet Specifications

The 1930 Ford Model A came with a four cylinder 205 cubic inch 3.3 liter engine delivering 40 HP. The 1930 Model A's engine produced twice the power of previous Model A engines. Top speed was estimated at 65 to 70 MPH.

The wheelbase was 103.5 inches. The car’s transmission was a three speed manual.

Brakes were four wheel mechanical. This was a significant change from the old Model T days when those automobiles had only two wheel brakes.

Seating capacity was 5.

Vehicle weight was between 2,155 and 2,495 pounds. New vehicle price ranged from $450 to $650 which reflected the slow economy that year.

Among the changes from 1929 to 1930 were wider fenders, elimination of the cowl stanchion and a deeper radiator shell.  Options available for 1930 included an external sun-visor, a rear luggage rack, a spare tire lock and for a bit of better safety a rear-view mirror.

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Ford Model A Cabriolet Collector Values

The 1930 Ford Model A Cabriolet will take you back to the Golden days of American automotive history. The 1930 Model A Cabriolet is a unique automobile. For years the Ford Model A was one of the most popular collector cars out there. Two reasons the Model A’s retained their popularity was that they were quite advanced over the previous Model T’s and not nearly as many of them were produced.

model a rumble seatTotal Ford production for the 1930 model year is estimated at 1,261,053 vehicles.

The Cabriolet model is considered more valuable mainly because of lower production numbers. Only 25,068 Cabriolets were built for 1930. Compare this to the 1930 Model A Roadster of which 112,901 units were built.

As of this writing, fully restored 1930 Ford Model A Cabriolets have been offered for sale in a range from about $30,000 to about $40,000.

Several other 1930 Ford Model A body styles are generally priced less such as the Coupe. Many feel that the Ford Model A's in general are some of the best values among vintage collector cars. In addition to the reasonable prices there are many different body styles to choose from. Ford Model A parts are typically not hard to locate and there are many reproduction parts available.

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The Ford Model A Cabriolet Club

For owners and/or enthusiasts of Ford Model A Cabriolets there is a club called The Model A Ford Cabriolet Club. This is a special interest group of the Model A Ford Club of America (MAFCA) and of the Model A Restorers Club (MARC). For more information see their website...http://clubs.hemmings.com/modelacabriolet/about_us.html

References include...Complete Book of Collectible Cars...Ford Model A Instruction Book...The Amazing Story of Henry Ford by authors Henry Ford and James Martin Miller.

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The Plymouth / Chrysler Prowler / The Design Story and Specifications

The Plymouth Prowler, later the Chrysler Prowler, is a retro-styled production car manufactured and marketed in 1997 and 1999-2002 by Daimler Chrysler. When the Prowler was first released, the collective reaction from car buffs was a loud, “OMG”. Certainly the car looked different than just about any other production car on the market and it was a real head turner with it's hot rod styling.

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A 1993 Concept Car

The Prowler was first introduced in January 1993 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan. The cars stunning design caught peoples attention from the start.

Just two months later the Prowler made an appearance at the Goodguys Spring Nationals hot rod show in Pomona, CA. to much acclaim. One month after that, dealers from around the country gave the car a thumbs up and talked about production feasibility. This was followed by engineering work in early 1994, test driving in 1995 and extended cross country road trip tests in 1996. Full production approval came in March 1997.

Following is the story of the Plymouth/Chrysler Prowler and how it went from a concept car in 1993 to a production car in 1997, which in itself is quite a feat.

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Engineering of the Prowler

Engineering work began in earnest in the spring of 1994. At this time computers were the method to really get out some creative and different types of styles. At the same time this allowed for designing without breaking the bank on developmental expenses. The Prowler was one such computer designed concept. Many will say that the Prowler design followed quite closely to a retro-roadster design by Chip Foose.

The Prowler looked like a futuristic speedster with an open-wheel front end and low-slung hot rod body. Chrysler however did not produce the vehicle as a hot rod. To help keep costs down Chrysler used it's standard 3.5-liter V6 as the Prowler's power plant. The engine did deliver a healthy 250 hp. While looking like a hot rod, the Prowler didn't even have a manual transmission, which made it almost impossible to lay down hot rubber on the road.

A Name Change and More

In January 2001, the Plymouth brand was dropped from the Prowler name, and the hot rod looking vehicle became a Chrysler. As part of this change the company introduced a new "Mulholland Edition". This was a dark blue coupe with white pinstriping. Chrysler also offered two new paint schemes for the Prowler. A two-tone version (the top of the car will be black and the sides will be silver), called the "Black Tie Edition," came out. It also includes a silver instrument cluster bezel and silver floor mats. Later in 2001, Chrysler introduced a new color, Prowler Orange. Discontinued colors that year were red, yellow,purple and black. Silver was still offered.

2000 Plymouth / Chrysler Prowler Specifications

Over all the design is what makes the car. In fact, the Prowler may make you a celebrity in your neighborhood. This sports car will get you lots of looks. Performance is great for the the size and weight of the vehicle.

2000 plymouth prowler

  •  3.5 liter V 6 front engine with 96 mm bore, 81 mm stroke, 9.9 compression ratio, overhead cam and four valves per cylinder
  • Uses Premium unleaded fuel
  • Fuel consumption: EPA city (mpg): 17 and highway (mpg): 23
  • Fuel economy EPA highway (mpg): 23 and EPA city (mpg): 17
  • Multi-point injection fuel system
  • 12 gallon  premium unleaded fuel tank
  • Power: 250 HP
  • 0 to 60 MPH in 5.9 seconds
  • Rated top speed of 126 MPH
  • Total production during the entire model run was 11,700 vehicles

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The Chrysler/Plymouth Prowler was certainly a creative design put out by Daimler-Chrysler. The automobile has many enthusiasts as demonstrated by the Prowler Owners Association and Prowler Club. See website http://prowleronline.com/

References included the 2000 and 2001 Chrysler Prowler Owners Manual Guide Book.

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