1927 Cadillac Series 314

Standard Five-Passenger Sedan

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1927
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    307
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Blue

Description

  • Purchased new by James Halikias of Dekalb, Illinois
  • Restoration completed in June of 2010
  • Long term single-family ownership from new to 2017
  • Accompanied by operator’s manual, shop manual, and period literature

Introduced at the beginning of August 1925 was the new Series 314 Cadillac, considered a 1926 model. A much-reengineered version of the V-63, it took its name from the displacement of the engine—an engine that itself was reengineered. In the process, weight was reduced by 250 pounds and horsepower rose by nearly 10 percent. The Series 314 would remain in production through 1927, at which point Cadillac replaced it with Series 341 for the 1928 model year.

This 1927 Series 314 Standard Five-Passenger Sedan is believed to have been purchased by new by James Halikias of Dekalb, Illinois. It was then owned by his son, Peter Halikias, also of Dekalb, Illinois. Peter served for a short time as Dwight D. Eisenhower’s personal driver during during World War II while serving in the U.S. Army. His son, Jimmy Halikias, then inherited the car from his father. It is under his ownership that it is believed the car was restored, with work completed in June of 2010. The single-family ownership chain was broken in June of 2017, when the consignor purchased the car from the Jimmy Halikias Estate.

Today the car presents nicely, finished in blue with navy blue fenders and beltline mouldings. Exterior features include Trippe Safety Speedlights, dual cowl lights, a sun visor, driver’s side wiper, and a rear-mounted spare. Prominently displayed atop the radiator is a Cadillac Herald mascot. The car rides on Lester whitewall tires mounted on painted wood-spoke wheels with factory hub caps. It is powered by a 314-cubic-inch V-8 engine mated to a three-speed manual transmission.

The interior is trimmed in light blue cloth accented nicely by wood framed windows and a wood-rimmed steering wheel. The body color-matched dashboard houses an ornate instrumentation panel which includes a speedometer, air, gas, oil, and amperes gauges, a Jaeger clock, and a retractable lighter. While gloveboxes were not commonplace in 1927, the front passenger kick panel exhibits a storage pouch, providing the ideal spot to accommodate items while in transit. Being a Cadillac, the rear passenger compartment luxuriously appointed, featuring a footrest, in-floor heater vent, and privacy shades.

This Cadillac Series 314 is offered with an operator’s manual, shop manual, and period literature.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/hf21.