"Go big or go home."
Perhaps that's how thirties bon vivant Philippe Barraud approached a new commission with Swiss coachbuilder Hartman of Lausanne to combine Caddy V16 power on a 22-ft flamboyant two-seat convertible.
After years of neglect, however, the massive Cadillac found its way to the Blackhawk Museum wearing chrome spears in place of painted mouldings and what some might call a paint scheme known as "resale red." Kentucky collector Jim Patterson acquired the vehicle in 2015 and retained RM to complete a full restoration to original configuration.
The impressive one-of-a-kind 1937 Cadillac is set to appear at this year's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Courtesy The Wall Street Journal with photos by Jason Keen