Paderewski’s black Coupé de Ville Cadillac up for sale
A Cadillac believed to have been owned by Polish pianist and interwar statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski has gone up for sale.
The Coupé de Ville from 1928, was created by Gangloff, Genève Zurich and has a mileage of just 917 km.
The car is located in Switzerland, where Paderewski lived for nearly half a century, in the town of Morges on Lake Geneva.
Since 1991, Morges has housed a Paderewski Museum, which provides an insight into the Polish musician’s life there through original objects and documents. According to the seller, the car has always remained in the Lake Geneva area.
Although there are no documents that prove that Paderewski was the owner, various pieces of information make it look like he was, according to the website prewarcar.com, where the car is listed for sale.
“One of the indications is for instance that the Coupé de Ville is fitted with two foldable running boards, specially made for Paderewski after he had a serious back operation in 1929,” it notes.
A document from 1940 shows that the car was registered in Morges, where Paderewski lived until the following year.
The Cadillac is unrestored, but in good condition. A video shows it being driven, along with shots of its interior.
Born in 1860, Paderewski showed an interest in music from an early age. His concert debut in Vienna in 1887 launched his career as a pianist and composer, touring in Europe and the United States.
In addition to his musical legacy, Paderewski left his mark on Polish history in a very different way: as a spokesman for Polish independence and, after the country regained it after World War I, with a stint as prime minister in 1919, during which he signed the Treaty of Versailles.
He died in New York in 1941.