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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1940 Cadillac Series 75

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One-off Brunn-bodied 1940 Cadillac 75 for sale on From the seller’s description:

It was December 1939, almost 74 years ago, when wealthy Ohio industrialist Elroy J. Kulas placed his order for the last custom-built Brunn Town Car. This was the end of an era. The Brunn Company had a reputation for unparalleled quality and it shows magnificently in this singular statement of a car. It is beautifully crafted with a precision that has not been diminished by the decades since new. Unlike other custom bodies fitted to a chassis provided by a major manufacturer, this Brunn design includes a special cowl and all aluminum bodywork. The hood and fenders are the only body sheet metal from Cadillac.

The striking result is a departure for the normally conservative Brunn. The handmade cowl incorporated a steeply raked windshield combined with the the elimination of vent windows, front and rear, plus center-hinged suicide doors to provide a very sleek profile for a usually more subdued body style. And, just to make sure a statement was made, there is a raised molding that runs the length of the car, from the base of the rear fender to the nose, and it is painted a bright yellow. There was no mistaking when Mr. Kulas was in town.

It is not only bold, the detailing is equally impressive. The driver’s compartment is all black from the original leather seat to the gloss finish on the dash. The from-the-factory, sumptuous rear compartment is done in a soft fawn color with silver inlaid, ebony wood trim. The hardware is satin pewter instead if harsh chrome. There is room for five; three in the generous, comfortable back seat and two in the jump seats that pull neatly from the bulk head. The clock is still keeping time and there is even a socket in the floor to place an umbrella. Small “Brunn” emblems adorn the hinged door pocket covers. The special body incorporates a half round bead encircling the entire passenger compartment accented by a thin yellow pin stripe that compliments the big body side slash. The external door handles flow gracefully close to the body ensuring that one’s formal wear is never ensnared. Incidentally, the front and rear doors share two enormous, precisely machined hinges that require only a gentle touch to latch the door with the authority of a bank vault …truly amazing. All the finest materials of the time were used throughout the construction and their durability is incredible. Everything from the carpet to the leather chauffeur’s canopy is original and virtually perfect. It even comes with that wonderful “old-car smell. “

Riding on the 141”, new-for-1938 Series 75 Chassis and powered by the war-proven 346 cubic inch L-head V-8, this is not only a rare and striking automobile, it is a joy to drive. Utterly

reliable and smooth as silk on brand new, period correct tires. The car has documented ownership and has been winning awards for nearly 50 years, earning a Primary First Place from the Classic Car Club of America in 1965. In 1990 it earned 100 points at the CCCA Annual Meeting in Palm Beach and this was not in a preservation class! In 2005, the car was invited to the Pebble Beach Concours and participated in the inaugural 1600 mile Tour d’Elegance from Seattle, Washington to Monterey, California, the only incident being a flat tire. In 2008, it was awarded the People’s Choice Award at the CCCA Grand Experience at Hickory Corners, Michigan.

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Danville, California
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