Terry Bond

Knudsen Sixty-tell me more

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A friend recently acquired this item at a small flea market.  It's a brass desk piece apparently, and is a model of a car called a Knudsen Sixty.  I've done a little digging on the internet and it seems there was only one of these cars built and driven personally by Bill Knudsen.  Here is what I've found -  In its debut year, 3,703 Cadillac Sixty Specials were delivered, at a base cost of $2,090 each - it was a success in every measure. The new Sixty Special outsold every other Cadillac model in its first year accounting for 39% of all Cadillacs sold. In 1938, aside from the standard 4-door sedan, two prototype models were built on the Sixty Special body - two very dashing four-door convertibles (one owned by GM executive, Larry Fisher, which was demolished by Harley Earl in a traffic accident and one sent to Europe, which was later recalled and consumed by GM Engineering in structural tests in preparation for the 1940 "Torpedo" bodies), plus one Sixty-Special coupe (driven personally for two years by GM President, Bill Knudsen).

Was it really called a "Knudsen Sixty" and how rare is this little piece of memorabilia?

Terry

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I don't see anything in any of the antique car related books I have. It might be some sort of gift that the people that built the car for Bill Knudsen gave him. He might have had it cast himself and could be one of a kind. Wonder what happened to the real car?

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Hi Terry. The Knudsen Sixty car your friend bought was used at Bill Knudsens 60 year birthday party at Detroit Athletic Club on saturday 25th of march 1939. The car was used as a “tablecar” with names attached so everyone could see where they were to be seated. Henry Ford sat to the right next to Knudsen. 75 guest attended. Regards Thomas

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Was wondering - So looks like 75, maybe a few more, were produced.   Interesting and scarce collectable item for sure.  Appreciate the info. 

Terry

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