Cadillac V-12 Rumble Seat Coupe

The upright, almost carriage-like look of Cadillacs began to disappear in 1933. A facelift, simple in execution but startling in effect by GM’s head of design Harley Earl, transformed the 1933 Cadillac into a more modern-looking car. Architecture in Chicago and New York had a significant influence on automotive styling, and Earl hired men who had extensive architectural experience to design cars for General Motors. Telltale touches of Art Moderne, Art Deco and industrial design began to creep into automotive styling with stunning results. Both Cadillacs and companion LaSalles received modern skirted fenders, vee’d radiators and more swept back windshields. Roll-up windows were now commonplace, so Cadillac introduced “No-Draft” ventilation in the form of vent wing windows. At $3,395 this was not an inexpensive car in post-Depression America; Cadillac sold only 6,655 models among all four models for 1933 including 953 V-12s and 126 V-16s, its lowest output of the decade.

The V-12 was first introduced in 1931 and shared parts as well as dimensions and angles with its big brother, so production did not have to proceed from scratch. The Twelve was nearly the performance equal of the big Sixteen, with strong torque and similar top speed; from its 368 cubic inches, it produced 135 hp, 285 lb/ft torque and a top speed of over 80 mph.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

135 hp 368 cid OHV V-12, three-speed manual synchromesh transmission, mechanical brakes on all four wheels with vacuum assist. Wheelbase: 134"

Source: RM Auctions

Cadillac V-12 Rumble Seat Coupe