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©2020, Cadillac Fall Festival

1625 Adams Street SW

Grand Rapids, MI 49506

SPECIAL VEHICLES

Some special, seldom-seen vehicles will be on display for your viewing pleasure.

"THE DUCHESS"

The “Duchess”, a custom-bodied 1941 Cadillac limousine built by General Motors for England’s Duke and Duchess of Windsor, will be displayed courtesy of Steve Plunkett.


The hand-formed body is totally unique sharing no body panels with a production 1941Cadillac. The front fenders flow cross both doors and end at the stainless-steel gravelshields on the rear fenders. The car’s advanced features (for the time) included an automatic transmission, power windows – a first in the industry – fully chromed wheels, dual automatic heating, power privacy window behind the front seat, two clocks, two radios, and 11 courtesy lights.



The interior was upholstered in rose-colored broadcloth with Wilton wool carpeting dyed to match. The doors, cabinets and divider window were all capped in walnut. The rear passenger compartment had many amenities — a cigar humidor, pipe rack, two ashtrays and three lighters, two illuminated vanity mirrors, footrests, four jewelry cases, and satin privacy window shades.

1929 CADILLAC SPORT PHAETON

Exact production numbers are not available, but it is estimated that less than 200 V-8 powered Sport Phaetons were built by Fisher on a 140-inch wheelbase. Less than 20 are believed to survive. This car was meticulously restored to its as-delivered glory in the original colors of Madeira Maroon and Carolina Ivory with Gold Bronze striping. The convertible top, side curtains, and trunk cover are Drab Duck.

It is equipped with six Buffalo wire wheels, trunk and an additional folding trunk rack, folding tonneau windshield, dual spare-tire mounted mirrors, right-hand spotlight, and aftermarket Pilot Ray lights.