In the 1930s Cadillac focused on aerodynamics and a streamlined design with the concealment of all chassis features except the wheels. Cadillac improved the body construction which better insulated the interior from engine heat and reduced engine, road and wind noise. The horns and radiator filler cap were hidden under the hood. Chrome was limited throughout the vehicle, though a chrome plated radiator shell was available as optional equipment. The parking lamps were mounted on the headlight supports. The entire fender shape was mounted into the radiator shell. The fixed windshields were steeply slowed with the Fisher bodied cars having an 18-degree rake. Bodies for the 355D series of 1935 were provided by GM’s two coachbuilding subsidiaries Fisher and Fleetwood. Fisher bodies were fitted to the Series 10 and Series 20 (128” and 136” respectively) while Fleetwood bodies were reserved for the 146” wheelbase Series 30. Regardless of series and body all 355Ds were powered by the same V8 engine and shared the same robust running gear. Today Cadillacs of this era are highly prized by enthusiasts for their excellent road manners as well as their stunning good looks.
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