Monday, January 24, 2022

1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Roadster

Cadillac astonished the world's automotive elite when it introduced a spectacular new ultra-luxury car, powered by a 16-cylinder engine, at the 1930 New York Auto Show. This new super-sized Cadillac would set new benchmarks for smooth, silent and superbly impressive performance.
The heart of the Cadillac V-16 was its magnificent engine. Displacing a total of 452 cubic inches on all its sixteen cylinders, it featured overhead valves, and produced up to 185 horsepower.

The car featured a three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs and hydraulic dampers, three-quarter floating rear axle with semi-elliptical leaf springs, and four-wheel vacuum-assisted mechanical drum brakes.
Although the V-16 was brilliantly designed, its shrinking Depression Era market meant that the V-16 was produced in tiny numbers. It is believed that there are less than ten, authentic 1930-31 V-16 Roadsters in existence today. An extremely significant and completely proper 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster made $ 1.1m at Bonhams in 2019.
An example made $1.1m at Sothebys in 2017.