For 1937 the Series 50 LaSalle received extensive styling changes and a V-8 engine. Gone was the Oldsmobile Straight-Eight engine used during the prior three years. The V-8 engine the one used in Cadillacs except for a smaller bore. Also new for 1937 was the Convertible Sedan body style notable for a smooth trunk lid continuing the downward slope of the convertible top. Fisher Body bodied all 1937 LaSalles in five different models. Cadillac built a total of 31,993 LaSalles, including 530 of the expensive Convertible Sedans, with ten standard color combinations. This car has option group A6, which includes four wheel discs, flexible steering wheel, and two metal tire covers for the fender-mounted spare tires.
The donor’s father was the owner of Kruidenier Cadillac in Des Moines, Iowa, who owned an identical Peruvian Gray LaSalle Convertible sedan he bought new in 1937. David Kruidenier found and restored this car in the 1990s to match his father’s original.
V-8, 322 cu. In.