Every year, on the third Sunday of August, some of the finest automobiles from the last century are put on display at the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach in Carmel, California. This year, in the three days preceding the Concours, Cadillac is featuring their newest cars, as well as two classics: a pair of custom Fleetwood V-16s from the 1930s.
Cadillac’s exhibit begins on August 16th and ends on the 19th. The highlights of their display are a 1934 rumbleseat Roadster model 5802 and a 1937 Phaeton model 5859, which are both powered by Cadillac’s classic 16-cylinder engine. These cars were available as a part of Cadillac’s Fleetwood collection during the Depression but they were never purchased. Sometime later, Fran Roxas built each model from scratch, using Cadillac designer John Hampshire’s original blueprints.
For the most part, these two cars haven’t been seen until recently, when they were sold at auction. The Roadster 5802 sold for $1,001,000 and the Phaeton 5859 sold for $962,500. The two vehicles are completely unique and unlike any other cars. The original drawing designs for these cars were recently used to inspire the design for the Ciel Convertible concept car that will also be on display at the Concours. In addition to the Fleetwood collection and the Ciel concept, the 1953 LeMans will also be showcased.
The Concours d’Elegance began in 1950, and has been held annually at Pebble Beach since then. It is a haven for pre and post-war collectable vehicles. In order to be put on display, the vehicles need to be accurate restorations, if not originals in excellent condition.
If you’re interested in seeing these one of a kind classic cars, be sure to head down to Pebble Beach soon. The Cadillac Display lasts from August 16-19 and it may be the only chance you get to see these cars.