1929 Cadillac Series 341

-B 'Dual-Windshield' Phaeton

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1929
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    161
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

  • Single-family ownership for over 58 years
  • Well-maintained 1990s restoration by the respected Indy crew chief and craftsman Bill Castle
  • Well equipped with three-speed synchromesh gearbox and numerous factory options
  • CCCA National First Prize winner
  • Class winner at the 2019 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance

Introduced in August 1928, the 1929 Cadillac featured only subtle cosmetic changes from the prior model-year, with the side lights moved to the fenders. Most importantly, the cars now featured safety glass, and were the first across the industry to offer a three-speed synchromesh gearbox. Now reclassified as the model 341-B, the latest Cadillac continued to ride a 140-inch wheelbase, and it was available with coachwork by either Fisher or Fleetwood in an astounding 45 different consumer body styles.

According to a copy of a Cadillac build record on file, this model 341-B was finished in a two-tone scheme of Drab Dusk over black, and it was dispatched to a Boston dealer in February 1929. By 1949 the car had relocated to the southeastern states before passing through two different ownerships in Indiana.

In 1959 the Cadillac was acquired by William “Bill” Castle, an automotive craftsman who was a chief project engineer for the Allison engine company, as well as a crew chief at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mr. Castle later became known for conducting high-quality concours-level restorations of important motorcars, including Bentleys and various Classic Car Club of America-recognized Full Classics. He immediately commenced a three-year refurbishment of the phaeton, completing it just in time to participate in the 1962 Glidden Tour.

For improved reliability during events, Mr. Castle installed an advanced electric fuel pump that bypasses the original vacuum unit (though the set-up is revertible for the future owner that might opt for more authentic presentation). The owner used the 341-B on tours frequently over the next few decades before restoring the car a second time in the mid-1990s. The restoration’s quality was recognized with a National First award from the CCCA in 1997.

In 2017, Mr. Castle’s daughter sold the Cadillac to the consignor, cementing a 58-year period of family ownership. The consignor has since dutifully maintained the restoration, even winning first in class at the 2019 Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance.

Still presenting beautifully with its charming marque-specific tri-color exterior finish in two-tone brown over yellow, this impressive phaeton is well equipped with a herald mascot, rear tonneau windshield, Pilot Ray driving light, front wind wings, dual sidemount spare wheels with mirrors, Buffalo wire wheels, side-curtains, a folding trunk rack, and a color-matched travel trunk.

The captivating Cadillac is ideal for presentation at marque events or regional concours d’elegance. It would make a wonderful addition to any collection, duly illustrating the manufacturer’s motto as “the standard of the world.”To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/hf21.