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1930 Cadillac 452A V16 Roadster

1930 Cadillac 452A V16 Roadster
1930 Cadillac 452A V16 Roadster
1930 Cadillac 452A V16 Roadster photographed by Douglas at the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance.

1930 Cadillac 452A V16 Roadster

Only two American car manufacturers, Cadillac and Marmon, produced automobiles equipped with V-16 engines. The much heralded Cadillac V-16 made its debut on December 10, 1929, less than two months after the stock market crash and the start of The Great Depression. Nonetheless, the 1930 Cadillac V-16 became an instant status symbol, propelling Cadillac's sales beyond expectation. Marmon did not come to market with a V-16 until 1931 and, by that time, Cadillac had taken a commanding market share for their prestigious automobiles.

The 452 cid, V-16 overhead valve engine developed 165 horsepower and had a top speed of 95 miles per hour. It could achieve 60 miles per hour in 20 seconds.

Cadillac's total V-16 production for 1930-1931 was 3,251 cars. Production of roadsters consisted of only 105 units, each carrying a list base price of $5,530.

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