The Cadillac Imperial Touring sedan is often regarded as one of the finest automobiles from the pre-war era. In 1938 the car was completely redesigned with the merging of the series 90 and series 80. The car featured a stonking V16 engine making 185 horsepower, an enormous number for the time period.
This particular 1939 V16 Imperial Touring Sedan was 1 of 136 produced with said V16 and it’s coming to Mecum Rogers’ Classic Car Museum. Marked as lot number S75, it remains as one of the few surviving Imperial Touring sedans with the massive powerplant, and the fact Cadillac killed off the V16 entirely in 1940 makes it even more of a rarity.
The exterior wears a classy black color, and dual spare tires flank each side of the vehicle, also finished in the wide-whitewall style. Inside, things are kept time-period correct, with the Caddy offering a heater and defroster on the inside. The dashboard comes to a point, with materials wrapped in a luxurious wood, something only a car from this era could pull off. And it does so strikingly.
Mecum estimates the value of the car at $45,000 to $65,000, but if a bidding war ensues, this pre-war Caddy could see much higher numbers.