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30 July 2016

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Lot 118

1942 Cadillac Series 67 Seven-Passenger Imperial Sedan by Fisher

  • Engine no. 9380014
  • Body no. 2

Sold for $16,500


Body Style 42-6733. 150 bhp, 346 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine, three-speed synchromesh manual transmission, independent coil-spring front suspension, Hotchkiss semi-floating rear axle, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 139 in.

  • Formerly owned by S.S. Kresge; believed to have had only three owners from new
  • The second of only 198 examples built
  • A wonderful original and unrestored car
  • Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic; a superior CARavan entrant


It is easy to forget that in 1941 and 1942, the famed Series 75 was not the largest Cadillac available. That honor went to the Series 67, a model three inches longer in wheelbase and with bodywork built not by Fleetwood, but by Fisher, which was usually known for providing the division’s mass-production bodies. While the Series 67 was somewhat less opulently appointed than the Series 75, it made up for that in sheer impressive size and remained a popular choice among America’s wealthy and most important families.

Among the buyers was Sebastian S. Kresge, founder of the S.S. Kresge chain of dime-stores, once a fixture in major American cities nationwide, and the predecessor of today’s Kmart. Mr. Kresge was a significant businessman and philanthropist here in Detroit, where his company began, and the Kresge Foundation continues to support worthy causes throughout Michigan. According to the current owner, Kresge acquired the Cadillac new, and it remained in his family for over three decades. During much of that time, it was regularly used to drive Mrs. Kresge back and forth across the border to the family’s summer cottage in Ontario, Canada.

In 1977, the Cadillac was sold by the Kresge estate to Ken Mack of Michigan. Mr. Mack eventually sold the Series 67 to its previous owner, in whose care it has continued to be maintained in solid unrestored and very presentable order. As luck would have it, he had also come to own the Kresge cottage, and so the car was able to once again spend time at its original “home.” It is accompanied at the sale by a copy of its Cadillac build sheet and by a 1948 Michigan title in Mr. Kresge’s name, signed off to Mr. Mack at the time that he purchased this car.

Survivors of the Series 67 are among the scarcest CCCA Full Classics, especially those manufactured in the war-shortened 1942 model year. The opportunity to acquire an imminently CARavan-worthy original, such as that offered here, with rich Michigan provenance, cannot be underestimated.

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Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

asabatie-garat@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

bruprecht@rmsothebys.com

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

dswig@rmsothebys.com

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

drose@rmsothebys.com

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

dgould@rmsothebys.com

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

gduff@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

jauerbach@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

kforry@rmsothebys.com

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

mmalamut@rmsothebys.com

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

msquire@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

mfairbairn@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

ocamelin@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

pdarvill@rmsothebys.com

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

pfisher@rmsothebys.com

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

tvandervelden@rmsothebys.com

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more