Thursday, November 21, 2013
Duke & Duchess Of Windsor's Custom Cadillac Auctioned Today
The Duchess," built for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (formerly King Edward VIII and Ms. Wallis Simpson), is up for auction today. As reported by Hemmings, General Motors executive Alfred P. Sloan, Jr., a friend of the couple, had legendary GM designer Harley Earl and his team design this one-off car for the couple's trip to New York City in 1941. This car represents the end of the custom coachbuilding era, when standard chassis were mated with bodies tailored to the owner's specifications. It also inspired later Rolls Royce designs, and is expected to bring between $500,000 and $800,000.