Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood – 1930

Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood - 1930


Cadillac V-16 Roadster by – 1930


Marca : Cadillac
Modello : V16
Versione : Roadster
Anno : 1930
Telaio N. : 701070
Body N. : 73
Esemplari prodotti : 100
Carrozzeria : Fleetwood
Motore : 16 cilindri a V di 45°
Cilindrata : 452 cu – 7.407 cc
Distribuzione : SOHC
Valvole Cilindro : 2
Aspirazione : Carburatore
Potenza : 175 CV
Top speed Km/h :


Auction Results
2017 – Santa Monica – RM Sotheby’s – $797,500


Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood - 1930

Cadillac managed to survive the rapidly declining luxury-car market of the early thanks to the financial resources of GM, its massive parent company. Without this support, Cadillac could never have produced such a limited-production, luxurious automobile as the legendary Sixteen. Although the V-16 was brilliantly designed, its shrinking Depression-era market meant that the V-16 was, of course, produced in tiny numbers for those few who were capable of paying more than 10 times the cost of a contemporary Chevrolet . Without doubt, the few examples remaining today offer a rare glimpse into one of the most exciting automotive eras of all time. Most coveted among them is Fleetwood body style number 4302, the fleet two-passenger roadster known as a gentleman’s open performance machine.

Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood - 1930

The car presented here is documented by its build sheet as being an original and authentic V-16 roadster, body no. 73, supplied new to the famous Uppercu Cadillac Company at their Newark, New Jersey, branch. Subsequently owned by early V-16 enthusiast Albro Case of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, it was later acquired in the by collector Richard Terhune of Virginia, who performed the first restoration while installing the current engine, no. 701070, as the original engine had suffered a cracked block. Following restoration, the car was purchased by Laurence C. Witten II of Easton, Connecticut, a well-known collector of the era.

Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood - 1930

n 1972 the V-16 was sold by Mr. Witten to William Gannet of Hopedale, Massachusetts, who commissioned its restoration by Al Rogers of Charlton, receipts for which are on file. Mr. Gannet then maintained the car for over thirty years before it joined its current owner’s prominent Southern California collection. While the restoration has mellowed over the years, it is still extremely attractive in a livery of Green and black, accented by brown leather upholstery and a khaki soft top. Furthermore, it is well-accessorized, including Pilot Ray driving lights, cowl-mounted spotlights, dual horns, a radiator stone guard and ”Goddess” mascot, sidemounted spares with fabric covers, and a proper luggage rack and trunk. The original Uppercu delivery tag is still fitted to the rear of the body.

Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood - 1930

 

Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood - 1930

 

Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood - 1930

 

Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood - 1930

 

Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood - 1930

 

Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood - 1930

 

Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood - 1930

 

Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood - 1930

 

Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood - 1930

 

 

Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood - 1930

 

Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood - 1930

 

Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood - 1930


 

 

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