Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Duchess

A Cadillac that belonged to The Duke and Duchess of Windsor heads to auction

 

A 1941 Cadillac by General Motors that was custom built for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor at a cost of £8,600 ($14,000) is undoubtedly the highlight of the RM Auctions Art of the Automobile sale in New York on 21st November.

 

The 1941 Cadillac custom limousine "The Duchess" by General Motors is a truly stunning vehicle
The 1941 Cadillac custom limousine “The Duchess” by General Motors is a truly stunning vehicle

The Duke and Duchess of Windsor
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor

 

Dubbed “The Duchess”, the car is offered without reserve but is expected to fetch £310,000 to £495,000 ($500,000 to $800,000). It features broadcloth upholstery, four jewellery cases, three cigar lighters and a humidor.

 

The front compartment of the car was designed so that when he chose the Duke of Windsor could drive in comfort
The front compartment of the car was designed so that when he chose the Duke of Windsor could drive in comfort

The rear of the car is appropriately opulent
The rear of the car is appropriately opulent

The car features three cigar lighters, two ashtrays, a humidor and a custom rack for The Duke's favoured Sasieni pipes
The car features three cigar lighters, two ashtrays, a humidor and a custom rack for The Duke’s favoured Sasieni pipes

The Duke and Duchess of Windsors' monogram and crown appear on the rear doors
The Duke and Duchess of Windsors’ monogram and crown appear on the rear doors

The vehicle's mascot is stunning
The vehicle’s mascot is stunning

A true one off and described as the “most famous Cadillac ever produced”, this car’s finest feature is considered to be its “striking” fenders. One of the first Cadillacs to have power windows, the vehicle also had two radios preset to the New York City AM stations of the era and was even admonished with a gold plated Goddess hood ornament.

 

The V8 vehicle was sold by the Duke of Windsor in 1952 and disappeared from public view in the coming decades. It was found in a barn in Texas in 2009 and following an extensive renovation is being sold by its current owner, Morgan Murphy, a food critic from Birmingham, Alabama.

 

 

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