Cadillac Series 355 A – Origin
The Cadillac Series 355 was produced by Cadillac from 1931 to 1935. The Cadillac Series 355 was built in five major versions: 355A, 355B, 355C, 355D, and 355E. In this video, we’ll take a closer look at the 355A version.
Cadillac Series 355 A – Overview
The 1931 Series 355A was basically a full-sized luxury car. It was somewhat similar to the Series 353, although it was longer and smaller, had a longer hood with five hood ports and identical doors in the cowl. There was a different coach sill in the splash pan with no compartments. The battery compartment and the tool compartment were now under the front seat and for the first time, the floor boards were made of metal.
The instrument panel was oval, having the same gage categories as the Series 353. The Series 355 included a radiator panel, a single bar bumper, and dual horns. The diameter of the headlight was reduced by one inch. There was a new frame with divergent side rails on it. The suspension springs were now coated in metal. The radiator was mounted lower in the frame and there was a condenser tank for the cooling process.
The 355A Cadillac engine had the same 353 cu in (5.8 L) L-Head V8 as in the Series 353, so the configuration of the vehicle was no longer suited to the displacement. The engine’s horsepower was 95, and a five-point suspension of the engine, similar to the V-16 was then adopted. A muffler was introduced and the distributor was mounted 1.5 in (38 mm) higher. The fan was properly positioned to balance the lower radiator.
Cadillac Series 355 A – Production
The Cadillac 355A had a successful stint before it was succeeded by the Cadillac 355B in 1932. It had a total production of 10,717 units. A figure which was influenced by the Great Depression, though figures show this classic was most successful of the Cadillac 355 series.
Cadillac Series 355 A – Price Range
The Classic Cadillac 355A can be obtained today for prices between $75,000 – $95,000 in different auctions around the world.
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