In the 1930s, when Cadillac was trying to make a name for itself beyond its already stellar reputation, Cadillac produced motors with eight, 12, and 16 cylinders. The latter debuted in 1930 − unfortunate timing considering the Great Depression started a few months before. However, Cadillac’s attempt in creating a true “Standard of the World” gave us some of the most beautiful examples of class on four wheels. One of those V16 Cadillacs will hit the block at Auctions America‘s “BidAnywhere” online auction.
In 1937, GM design chief Harley Earl was on top of his game, and Cadillac demonstrated his style more than any other GM brand. The V16 Cadillac used a huge 154-inch wheelbase, which was the longest in the world aside of the odd custom job. The OHV V16 motor measured 452 cubic inches and put out 195 horsepower; shifting duties were handled by a three-speed synchromesh manual transmission on the floor. This one was originally ordered by MGM Studio Head of Publicity Edgar Mannix, who was known as “The Fixer” for his reputation for putting out fires.
Out of the 50 Cadillac V16s built in 1937, only two were built in this bodystyle, the other owned by Joseph Kennedy during his tenure as Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Auctions America estimates the winning bid will reach $200-250,000 − do you think it will reach that mark?