Engine no. 700163
The Cadillac V-16 has gone down in history as one of the greatest cars of all time. Despite the onset of the great depression, American car manufacturers were still in a race to see who could create the biggest and most outrageous car with the most exotic engine. Duesenberg created their big 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 only with its U.S. competitors, but with the ultra refined European cars such as Mercedes and Isotta Fraschini. Offered in numerous body styles, open and closed, very few good original examples of any body style exist today and it is still one of the most coveted cars in the world.
Offered here is a very well preserved V-16 style 4330 Imperial sedan that has been a California car since new in 1930. It's largely well preserved original condition is due not only to it being from California, but it was kept in its original owner's possession well into the 1950's. The interior is remarkable with no tears or moth damage to the original wool broadcloth. The ornate woodwork is in wonderful condition and the rugs all appear to be well preserved and original. The headliner is equally well preserved including its original hat holders, as is the original lambs wool over rug. The dash features all its correct instrumentation and includes a very nice addition of a 1950s era radio showing proof of its long original service and well looked after existence. The paint shows well and does show patina, but is very fitting for such a nice original car. This is number 9 of 50 Imperial sedans originally produced and one of few in existence today. Although it is formal coachwork, it is very attractive with the swept panel hood and cowl as well as very finely proportioned roof line and body length, being overall a formal yet fairly sporty car. The quality of the car really shows what a V-16 is ll about. Mechanically the original double overhead valve V-16 engine is well maintained and in very good running condition and the transmission shifts as it should. Being such a good original car, all of its numbers and components on this car are correct and original to this car. If you are looking for a great classic era car, the V-16 is the ultimate and this particular car is as pure as they come. Contact us today for more information.