He wanted a custom car constructed on a grand scale and in late 1936 ordered a 452-inch w.b. Cadillac V-16 chassis through the Edelweiss Garage in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Garage was located near Lake Geneva in the area that is referred to as the Swiss Rivera.
Cadillac shipped a bare chassis, one of only two that year, around the world to Switzerland and there it was bodied in Lausanne by Willy Hartmann. Barraud wanted to body the chassis in his own home town so he could personally suprvise the work.
to see the above image of the owner being dwarfed by the car... is a striking reminder of how BIG cars were then.
The design was accented in chrome and definitely mimicked the French masters Figoni et Falaschi which pioneered the trend from a painting by Geo Ham. https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2017/04/geo-ham-study-for-hispano-suiza.html
Philippe Barraud kept the car until the 1960s, and it was found abandoned in a Swiss field in 1968 in poor condition and was sold for only $925 USD
this isn't the most amazing Caddy that Pebble Beach has seen, last years purple Saoutchik bodied Caddy was more amazing https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2017/11/saoutchik-bodied-1948-cadillac-series-62.html as it's not a simple copy of a Figoni et Falachi body design from the 1936 Delahaye Torpedo, fender skirts, headlight zippers, auxiliary headlights, the side swoosh, and the dorsal fin.
For more examples of the seminal Figoni et Falachi design spawning imitators with nothing original to add, https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2016/01/i-was-wrong-to-admire-vanvooren.html
also compare it to the Figoni et Falaschi design of the Delahaye 135 Competition Court Coupe https://www.supercars.net/blog/delahaye-135-competition-court/ and the Delahaye 165