One Of A Kind Cadillac Military Sport Roadster Fetches $100,000 At RM Inn Of St.Johns Auction
Schutte Bodied Cadillac Roadster Showcases A Unique Piece of Cadillac History
July 27, 2013
By: Carl Malek
Cadillac has always had an illustrious history that has been weaved with iconic vehicles such as the Cadillac V-16 lineup, the Series 62, as well as the 1959 El Dorado convertible. However at the 2013 RM St. John Auction in Plymouth Michigan, a more obscure Cadillac would grace the stage and impress bidders with its own unqiue history. Owned by the same family for an impressive 98 years, this 1914 Cadillac Model 30 Military Sport Roadster by Schutte not only impressed bidders with the results of its recent full restoration, but also its distinction as the only Cadillac equipped with a Schutte Military Sport body.
First introduced in 1909, the Model 30 was equipped with a 6.0 liter straight-four engine which was good for a modest 40-50 horsepower (not bad figures for a pre WW1 vehicle). This particular example originally started life as a roadster, but that changed sometime between 1917-1919 when its new Schutte Military Sport body was installed. Founded by Charles Schutte, the small coach-building company was based in Lancaster Pennsylvania and would soon gain a reputation for the exceptional level of craftsmanship and innovative design that went into every body that they designed. One of these was the "Military Sport" which gained its patriotic nickname because it was not only popular with Military officers during WWI, but its basic design and limited use of building materials embodied the patriotic spirit of the post WWI period. Despite its basic upbringings and layout, the Military Sport still offered owners a host of standard equipment including a big trunk and an equally large cabin (both items normally absent from a pure roadster).
After the installation of the Schutte body, the car was bought by its first owner in 1927 and managed to stay in that owners family for 98 years before it was bought by the seller and subsequently restored. While its gavel price of $100,000 (taxes and other fees not included) was below its $125,000 - $175,000 estimate, it should be a highlight piece at future car shows and continue to serve as a key piece of Cadillac and Schutte history.
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