SALISBURY’S 1932 KRUIDENIER CADILLAC WINS FIRST PLACE AWARD IN THE SENIOR DIVISION AT CCCA GRAND CLASSIC
The rare 1932 Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton Cadillac 355B owned by the Salisbury House & Gardens of Des Moines, Iowa, won the First Place Award in the Senior Division at the May 17-18 Spirit of St. Louis Grand Classic. The event was sponsored by the Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) and held at the Kemp Auto Museum in Chesterfield, MO.
Salisbury’s 1932 Kruidenier Cadillac Phaeton
The Grand Classic, a competition among vintage collector automobiles, is judged against rigorous standards, and the Kruidenier Cadillac scored 96.5 out of 100 points. This was an outstanding achievement, considering the automobile was last restored 40 years ago. It is also a testament to excellent care by David and Liz Kruidenier and the Salisbury Concours Committee volunteers. Recent preparation work was also performed by Al’s Downtown Auto Upholstery, Prevette’s Detailing, and Willis Cadillac.
The vintage Cadillac was a gift to the Salisbury House & Gardens by David and Liz Kruidenier in 2004.
David and Florence Cowles Kruidenier, parents of David, owned the automobile dealerships for Cadillac, LaSalle, and Oldsmobile, first located at 1110 Locust St. in downtown Des Moines. The dealership was opened in 1910 by Dirk and Wilhelmina Kruidenier.
The gifting of the Cadillac illuminates an interesting chapter in the history of the Kruidenier family and the Salisbury House & Gardens. The Carl and Edith Weeks family built their mansion in 1924 and frequently purchased automobiles from Kruidenier Cadillac.
CCCA First Place Award in the Senior Division Trophy won by Salisbury’s Kruidenier Cadillac
It was Kruidenier’s wish at the time of gifting that the car be shared and shown at multiple venues. This not only makes an historic automobile available to new generations, but also helps tell the story about the magnificent estate and the highly recognized Salisbury Concours d’ Elegance. The Salisbury House, its beautiful gardens, rare art and book collections were included in the A&E Network television series, America’s Castles.
Today the 1932 Cadillac 355B sits in the castle’s beautifully restored garages, just as the Week’s Kruidenier-purchased Cadillacs did some 80 years ago.
The Cadillac was transported to and presented at both the CCCA Grand Classic and Kemp Concours d’Elegance by Steve Anderson, David Baum, Peter Hemken and Jerry Manning.