All sorts of rare and desirable sheet metal will go under the gavel at Mecum’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania auction, set to be held on July 24-26. We’ve already showed you the Starlight Black Pontiac GTO Judge and Cortez Silver 1970 Chevelle LS6 which will be in attendance, but if you were looking for something a little less muscly, not to fret, this 1916 Cadillac Town Car will also be sold off in Harrisburg.
According to the listing, this Town Car began a full, frame-off restoration in 1987, which was completed in 1988. This is a Type 53 model, which interestingly, was the first car to use a modern day layout with a gas, brake and clutch pedal next to each other, a key-started ignition switch and a gear-lever and handbrake in the middle.
The Type 53 was produced for only one year, after which the similar Type 55 replaced it. It featured an aluminum V8 engine with cast headers, dual water pumps and a dual exhaust, which was good for a respectable 77 horsepower.
This particular Type 53 is well known, having won Best of Show and People’s Choice at the Cadillac LaSalle Club Grand National in 1989 and the Lion’s Award for Excellence at the 30th Anniversary Meadowbrook Concours d’Elegance. It was also featured Hemmings Classic Car in April of 2008. Check out Mecum’s site for additional photos.