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1937 Cadillac V8

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During my searches of Alameda streets for vintage iron, I've found a fair number of 50s cars but nothing much older than that. Until now, that is.

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You can still use a 50-year-old car as a daily driver, but it's probably not a great idea with a 70-year-old machine (even if the machine packs a 346-cube flathead V8, as this one does).

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This Cad was parked in front of the house where the '57 Pontiac Star Chief lives; I'm guessing that it normally lives in the garage and was parked on the street for some special occasion.

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Now that's a car clock! It's a little strange to see a big luxury sedan with a floor-shift manual transmission (it's hard to make out the shifter in this photo); maybe cars really were better in the 30s!

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Gotta hand it to the old Caddies- that's an impressive front end. You could get your '37 Cadillac with V8, V12, or V16 power, so this one's more toward the inexpensive side of the Cadillac spectrum. Still, '37 was a grim Depression year and not many had the scratch to pay for any Cadillac.

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The Cadillac logo used to be far cooler, prior to the rococo version of the 50s and the Caddy-that-zigs recent incarnation. More ducks!

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This is a very straight, clean car, but clearly not an obsessive show queen. It's got a pretty respectable collection of minor dings and nicks, plus there's the matter of the missing hubcap. I tell you what, if I owned this thing it would get driven regularly, by gum!

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Too bad Prohibition ended a few years before this car was built, because that trunk would have been ideal for hauling cases of Canadian whiskey across the border.

1937 CADILLAC 8-Cylinder [100megsforfree.com]

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HeeeeyJake
HeeeeyJake

I would also talk like this if I drove it (in a quick-spoken 1940s gangster voice):

"Ehhhh, it's a Cadillac, see, and you're gonna hafta promise you won't squeal on me if I give you a ride, see, or my Tommygun might have somethin to say about it, my boy."