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Lot 258

1949 Cadillac Club Coupe Custom by Austin Speed Shop

  • Engine no. 49752352

Sold for $85,250


400 bhp, 425 cu. in. Buick Nailhead V-8 engine, GM 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission, Ride Tech air suspension with front A-arm suspension and a solid rear axle, and power-operated front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 126 in.

  • A collaboration between Austin Speed Shop, Jesse James, and the Andrews’
  • Powered by a Buick Nailhead V-8


This unique custom Cadillac Club Coupe was built as a collaboration between Austin Speed Shop, Jesse James, and the Andrews’s own in-house team. Its body sits on a custom-built chassis and sports a lowered roof that has been chopped by three inches, as well as shaved door handles. The one-piece front and rear bumpers were custom-made, as were the numerous other unique touches found throughout.

Powering the Cadillac is a 425-cubic inch Buick V-8 engine that has been fully rebuilt with new pistons, rings, bearings, valve guides and springs, and a Competition Cams Thumpr camshaft, which is mated to a new GM 700R4 four-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent to the wheels through a solid nine-inch Ford rear axle. The engine also boasts custom-built polished stainless steel headers, as well as a similarly polished stainless steel exhaust system. The engine is cooled by a new four-row aluminum radiator. The Cadillac rides on a Ride Tech air suspension with custom-fabricated upper and lower control arms for the front and rear suspension. To reel in the Buick’s horsepower, the car has been fitted with power front disc brakes and drum brakes at the rear.

The interior of the Cadillac has not been finished, but it should be noted that all of the seat and interior panels have been fabricated, along with the custom-built floors. Those panels and covers are finished in Blue Pearl Essence leather, which creates a remarkable contrast to the brushed steel body. Although the car is incomplete, it comes with the vast majority of the parts required to complete the build. Interested parties should contact an RM specialist in advance of the sale for a complete list of the available parts.

Thanks to its body modifications and air-ride suspension, this custom Cadillac boasts an incredible stance, which is a look that is further enhanced by its bare steel body. It represents a remarkable collaboration between the Andrews’, Austin Speed Shop, and Jesse James, which are some of the best names in the industry. All it needs are some finishing touches from the next owner, and this Cadillac will certainly be quite the show-stopper.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more