With its disappearing-tonneau windshield and second set of instruments for rear-seat passengers, the Cadillac V16 Sport Phaeton was a sleek beast that looked the part of a star’s car.
And so it was with the car offered here, which was delivered via Los Angeles’ Don Lee Cadillac. Its original owner is long said to have been Richard Arlen, one of the most respected Hollywood actors of the 1920s. He was also a notable car enthusiast, as the Cadillac shared space with a Model J Duesenberg.
Some 20 years later it was purchased by James Brucker Sr., who for decades was a major supplier of automobiles to the film industry. The cars were exhibited at Movie World: Cars of the Stars and the Planes of Fame Museum. The car was customized for its starring role in the 1964 film “The Carpetbaggers,” starring Alan Ladd.
This Cadillac V16 was restored in 1990 and has been recently freshened at Steve Babinsky’s Automotive Restoration of Lebanon, NJ, which included a new top and leather interior. It is the most famous and best-known surviving sport phaeton — a true star in its own right on the show field as it was on the screen.