JOHN D. GROENDYKE
2019 Collector of the Year
The Board of Directors is proud to name, longtime friend and supporter, John D. Groendyke, of Enid, OK as our 2019 Collector of the Year. John has selected to show 6 of his award winning V16 Cadillacs at our event on Sunday, July 28, 2019.
Pictured here with Mr. Groendyke is his 1936 Cadillac V16 Aerodynamic Coupe. Arguably, one of the most influential designs of the 1930’s, the Aerodynamic Coupe, represented a major accomplishment for Harley Earl and his design team. Automobile companies built “concept” or show cars that influenced future designs. This, on the other hand, was a concept that went right to production. These cars were built to impress. The massive V16 generated 185 horsepower. It was needed given the cars weight of close to 6,000 pounds. The interior is equally impressive with attention to fine detail.
Stylist’s old and young alike view the Aerodynamic Coupe as one of the great design achievements of the era. The streamlined body and fastback rear panel had additional details that we still marvel at today. Sadly, Cadillac reportedly lost money on every V16 sold. In 1936, Cadillac sold just 52 V16 Coupes. Of that, Cadillac only produced four Aerodynamic Coupes. The custom bodies were built by Cadillac’s Fleetwood body division. Though the production numbers of the V16’s may not seem all that impressive, 1936 was the first year that Cadillac surpassed Packard as the production leader in the United States.
The Aerodynamic Coupe is a “stand alone” car. While you see it presented among other great Classic Cars, spectators will always come back for a second look. Incredible power, great design, and a presence that was unparalleled in the 1930’s.
John will also feature his:
- 1930 Cadillac V16 Murphy Bodied
- 1933 Cadillac V16 2 Door Convertible Coupe
- 1930 Cadillac V16 Roadster
Please join us Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, MI, to congratulate Mr. Groendyke and view this spectacular collection.