This 1956 Cadillac wagon is an extremely rare automobile that is highly desirable in today’s collector market. In the mid 1950s, cutting-edge designers and innovators Hess & Eisenhardt (also known as known as Sayers & Scovill) worked a great deal with GM and particularly Cadillac to produce a series of extraordinary custom designed vehicles and various other innovations. One of these vehicles, a 1956 Cadillac View Master wagon as designed and built by Hess & Eisenhardt, is offered for sale at the New England Auto Auction.
This Hess & Eisenhardt custom wagon was produced in extremely low numbers: it is one of only seven produced for 1956 and one of the only 19 total produced between 1955 and 1956. Hess & Eisenhardt combined the Series 62 Chassis with a Series 86 commercial front cowl and floor pan as the base of the design. From the front portion of the vehicle back, the View Master Cadillac woody wagon was custom fabricated. All of the unique class in the rear portion of the vehicle was custom designed specifically for this rare model with the exception of the rear tailgate window sourced from GM’s Chevrolet Nomad. Hess & Eisenhardt’s designs and contributions to the evolution of the automobile were monumental, and this 1956 Cadillac View Master wagon is a part of that history.
As one would expect, this wagon comes to the auction from the quality private collection of a Cadillac enthusiast, a collector who understands the historical significance of this car and treated it appropriately. Under the hood, this Cadillac is powered by the 365 ci V8 with the factory option twin four-barrel carburetors and the “bat wing” air cleaner. The exterior lines and body of this vehicle combined with the spacious and stylish interior complement each other extremely well. When riding down the road, both the driver and passengers can feel as if they are riding in the outdoors with the openness of the interior and the myriad windows that lend to the name View Master.
Sold with a registration.