Cadillac V-16 Town Car

For years, automotive writers have struggled to find suitable superlatives with which to describe Cadillac’s majestic 16-cylinder motor cars – and for good reason. At a time when the competition offered eight cylinders, and a few were considering 12, Cadillac offered its 16-cylinder masterpiece.

The Cadillac Motor Car Company surprised the industry by introducing an all-new V-16 at the New York Auto Show in October 1937. Unlike its overhead-valve predecessor, the 16-cylinder motor of this new Series 90 model was of a monobloc L-head design, cast in a 135-degree vee. As before, the car sat at the very top of the model list with limited production and was intended for heads of state and very prominent personalities. Twelve body styles were catalogued, a full range including coupés, convertible coupés and sedans, and a full complement of five- and seven-passenger sedans and limousines.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2011 at the Spazio Villa Erba, Cernobbio, Como.

185 bhp, 7,063 cc (431 cu. in.) L-head V-16 engine, three-speed manual gearbox, coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic brakes. Wheelbase: 3,619 mm (141.25")

Source: RM Auctions
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