It’s that time again for America’s fanciest, most exclusive car show, the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance. And along with the classic car show happening, automakers will be bringing a few unique vehicles of their own to display. For Lamborghini, it’s the Sesto Elemento and Urus concepts. For BMW it will be a new Zagato roadster concept. And for Cadillac, it will be a pair of one-of-a-kind Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 coach builds.
They are the 1934 rumbleseat roadster model 5802 and a 1937 Phaeton model 5859.
Back in the day, and for the right amount of coin, buyers could order from Cadillac’s made-to-order Fleetwood collection, where both cars were featured in the “build books” that customers used to select options for their cars. Believe it or not, all other body styles were selected and built at one point or another, except these two.
Fast forward to 1984, where automobile restorer and coachbuilder Fran Roxas had the V16-powered Phaeton 5859 and Roadster 5802 built from scratch, using only the original blueprints of Cadillac designer John Hampshire. Since their existence, have won best-in-class awards at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
To put a price on their relevance, the Phaeton 5859 sold for $962,500, while the Roadster 5802 for a loftier $1,001,000 at a recent auction.