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.
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.
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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