Cadillac V-16 Convertible Berline

In 1930, Cadillac stunned the fine-car market with the introduction of its breathtaking new sixteen-cylinder models. The cars instantly catapulted Cadillac, which until then had been a mid-priced car, to the head of the luxury class.

Designed by Owen Nacker, Cadillac’s V-16 was an engineering tour de force, incorporating several unique features. Its 45-degree cylinder bank angle and overhead-valve design kept the engine narrow, while the external manifolding provided good access. Cadillac’s V-16 was the first engine compartment to be styled, with all the wiring hidden and plenty of gleaming, polished aluminium, shining porcelain and a pair of beautiful valve covers with brushed aluminium ridged surfaces.

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

175 hp, 452 cu. in. overhead valve V-16 engine with three-speed synchromesh transmission, solid front axle and torque tube rear axle, four-wheel semi-elliptic leaf springs and four-wheel power assisted brakes. Wheelbase: 3,750 mm (148").

Source: RM Auctions
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Cadillac V-16 Convertible Berline