Cadillac V-16 Special Phaeton

In 1930, Cadillac stunned the fine car market with the introduction of its breathtaking new sixteen-cylinder models. The cars instantly catapulted Cadillac right to the top of the luxury class. From the extraordinary coachwork available to the beautifully designed engine compartments, to call the Cadillac V-16 a “tour de force” may very well be an understatement.

Subtle changes were made for 1932: a longer wheelbase, new carburetors, a mechanical fuel pump, heavier axles and larger brakes. A vacuum-operated automatic clutch was introduced along with free-wheeling. Also new were adjustable shock absorbers operated from the dashboard. Silent helical gears were now used in all Cadillac transmissions.

For the first time, a series of Fisher bodies became available on the V-16. These included sedans, coupes, a roadster, a convertible coupe and three open phaetons. In fact, these were the only phaetons available on the V-16, and just six were built, a single standard phaeton with no division, two sport phaetons with a long rear cowl and passenger windshield, and three special phaetons with the short rear cowl.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

165 bhp, 452 cu. in. overhead valve V-16 engine with three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel vacuum-assisted mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 140".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel

Cadillac V-16 Special Phaeton