Cadillac V-16 Seven-Passenger Limousine

To legions of enthusiasts and experts, the Cadillac V16 continues to represent a technical and stylistic tour de force that ranks among the greatest engineering achievements of the 20th century. Boasting legendary smoothness and incredible torque output, the Cadillac V16 engine installation was simply beautiful, featuring a mix of enamel, polished aluminum, porcelain and chrome plating, along with carefully hidden wiring and polished covers atop the highly detailed cylinder heads. Development was led by Owen Nacker concurrently with the V12 project and conducted with the kind of secrecy more closely associated with a military operation.

A multitude of handsome open and closed bodies by both Fisher and Fleetwood were available to suit virtually every customer’s requirement. The V16 models weighed approximately 6,000 pounds, and their price tags were equally impressive, ranging from $5,800 to a staggering $7,150. Customer support was enhanced as well following the launch of the V16, and during 1930, Cadillac required its dealer network to supply weekly and monthly reports detailing owner satisfaction and service details collected on the new V16.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Shotwell Gustafson Pavilion at Meadow Brook Hall, Rochester, Michigan.

175 hp, 452 cu. in. V16 engine with overhead valves, three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and hydraulic dampers, ¾-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel vacuum-assisted mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 148"

Source: RM Auctions

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