Plethora of vintage Cadillac limos litter British estate sale
A British collector’s estate, up for sale in Attleborough, U.K., contains a trove of Cadillac limousines and hearses dating back to the mid-1950s. The Clowes Nash auction, which is currently underway, ends July 5. 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 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.”
The highlights for fin-loving Cadillac collectors are the collection’s 1954 Fleetwood 75, 1956 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 coupes (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 . The 1954 Fleetwood Series 75 saw values rise across the board, with an 18 percent hike in #3 (Good) condition value, while the 1959 Fleetwoods only saw the #1 (Concours) and #2 (Excellent) condition cars each rising by 21 percent.
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-hood 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 in the U.K. and don’t come with any paperwork. (There’s no reason to believe they’re right-hand-drive, as the few interior photos all show left-hand-drive.) If you’ve got your heart set on repatriating these limos for your own vintage livery, it might take some work.