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Pre-war Cadillac fans may remember a one-off Cadillac named “the Duchess.” The ultra-rare, one-of-one, 1941 custom-bodied Fleetwood was purchased by the Duke of Windsor from Cadillac in 1941.

The car itself was loaded with unique touches. Most noticeably, the Cadillac appears to be a C-bodied sedan lengthened to nearly 20 feet. The flowing fenders pre-dated Buick’s late 1940s Roadmaster lines. Fittingly, the car resembles a Series I or II Rolls Royce Silver Cloud from the late 1950s. The Duke and Dutchess were well known for their fashion sense and style, so Rolls Royce designers could certainly have been influenced in later years by the couple’s choice of transport. Lastly, the center pillar is most certainly different from other 1941 Cadillacs--in fact, it looks to be from a 1942 Sixty Special.

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Bruce

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I would like to see it after they restore it.

Hard to believe anybody would ever let it get in that shape.

You know it was a nice automobile when the collector bought it back in the '50's ....

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