Dust to dust: 14 vintage Cadillacs in British barn find auction

by Brandan Gillogly
24 June 2021 2 min read
Dust to dust: 14 vintage Cadillacs in British barn find auction
Photos: Clowes Nash Auctions Ltd.

A collector’s estate, up for sale in Attleborough, Norfolk, contains a trove of Cadillac limousines and hearses dating back to the mid-1950s. The Clowes Nash auction, which is currently underway, ends on 5 July. Fourteen Cadillacs from the ‘50s, ‘80s, and ‘90s are listed, including a flower car.

All of the Caddys appear to have been stored inside. They’re still wearing a thick blanket of dust, but the images seem indicative of vehicles that are in solid shape. Even the older cars appear to have all of their trim intact, although some do have a couple of minor dings in the chrome. Not at all bad for a bunch of “barn finds.”

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The highlights for fin-loving Cadillac collectors are the 1954 Fleetwood 751956 Fleetwood 75, and a trio of 1959 Fleetwood limos with their iconic angular fins and bullet taillights. These largest of the land barges have been slow to appreciate in the market, with coupés (naturally) being the preferred body style, but each of those models saw a significant uptick in value when we last updated our pricing data in May 2021 .

In America, the 1954 Fleetwood Series 75 saw values rise across the board, with an 18 per cent hike in #3 (Good) value, while the 1959 Fleetwoods only saw the #1 (Concours) and #2 (Excellent) cars each rising by 21 per cent.

The rest of the limos and hearses are of the un-finned variety, hailing from the boxier 1980s and only slightly smoothed 1990s. These cars also appear to be in solid shape but, just like the rest of the cars, the lack of under-bonnet photos makes it tough to say for certain.

This might be a great find for Cadillac limo collectors – they have to exist, right? – but be warned, all of the vehicle lots we’ve checked note that the cars were never registered and don’t come with any paperwork. If you’ve got your heart set on these limos for your own vintage livery, it might take some work whether using them in Blighty or exporting them back to their homeland.

Via Hagerty US

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  • Len Smith says:

    Hi I’m interested in the 50S Cadillac 75 series pls let me no do you have a price in mind

    • Antony Ingram says:

      Hello Len – you’ll find a link to the auction in the story. Unfortunately, we’re not selling the cars directly through Hagerty!

  • Phillip Boyer says:

    I will I would love to own one of these cars how can I purchase one

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