In 2003, Cadillac debuted a V16-powered idea automotive named, not surprisingly, the Cadillac Sixteen.  The concept was to pay homage to the fantastic Cadillac V16 luxurious vehicles of the Nineteen Thirties, when the highest US manufacturers have been competing to supply essentially the most highly effective and unique engines potential.

For Cadillac, it was the ultra-smooth V16, a classy overhead-valve design that put the GM luxurious division not solely forward of the home competitors however within the firm of the best automakers of Europe.

The Decide of the Day is a 1930 Cadillac 4330 Imperial Sedan V16 in remarkably well-preserved situation for an octogenarian, particularly one with such a muscular powerplant below its hood.

The Orange, Connecticut, vendor promoting the large sedan on goes into element concerning the mannequin historical past and the automotive’s amazingly authentic situation.  (Be aware that the vendor spells V-16 with a hyphen, whereas it’s the Journal’s type to check with V-configuration engines with out hyphens, as in V8 or V16.)

“The Cadillac V-16 has gone down in historical past as one of many best vehicles of all time,” the vendor says within the advert. “Regardless of the onset of the Nice Despair, American automotive producers have been nonetheless in a race to see who might create the largest and most outrageous automotive with essentially the most unique engine.

“Duesenberg created their large double-overhead-cam straight eight, Stutz created their double- and single-overhead-cam eight cylinder, and Cadillac answered with its overhead-valve V-16. With sixteen cylinders, 452 cubic inches and 185 horsepower, the V-16 competed not solely with its U.S. rivals, however with the ultra-refined European vehicles corresponding to Mercedes and Isotta Fraschini.”

This Cadillac is No.9 of fifty Imperial sedans produced, and one of many few nonetheless extant, the vendor says.  The automotive’s seemingly time-warp situation is especially the results of long-term single possession and being rigorously taken care of throughout its complete eight a long time. 

“Its largely well-preserved authentic situation is due not solely to it being from California, nevertheless it was stored in its authentic proprietor’s possession effectively into the Fifties,” the vendor says within the advert. “The inside is exceptional with no tears or moth harm to the unique wool broadcloth. The ornate woodwork is in great situation and the rugs all look like well-preserved and authentic.


“The headliner is equally well-preserved together with its authentic hat holders, as is the unique lamb’s wool over rug. The sprint options all its right instrumentation and features a very good addition of a Fifties-era radio exhibiting proof of its lengthy authentic service and well-looked-after existence. The paint exhibits effectively and does present patina, however could be very becoming for such a pleasant authentic automotive.”

The V16 engine runs effectively, the transmission shifts correctly and the Cadillac is each drivable and presentable, the vendor provides. 


“Being such authentic automotive, all of its numbers and parts on this automotive are right and authentic to this automotive,” the advert concludes.

The Despair was in full swing by 1930, so it was doubly audacious of Cadillac to supply such unique and costly machines.  For collectors of “full traditional” pre-war luxurious vehicles, it’s laborious to beat such a splendid and authentic showpiece.  It could possibly be a shoe-in for the preservation class on the Pebble Seashore concours d’Magnificence.


The asking worth is $150,000 for what appears to be a really particular Cadillac powered by an iconic engine. 

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