The Sixteen appears at once as the competitor of the Duesenberg Model J. Unlike Cord which subcontracts its bodies with a label of preference, virtually all the bodies of the V-16 are entrusted to Fleetwood. At that time a subsidiary of a division of General Motors, Fleetwood is offering from the first year a wide range with ten basic styles. GM completes its direct control of Fleetwood in 1931.
The first Sixteen model is the Cadillac 452 V-16 with a 7.4-liter engine (452 cubic inches). The most desirable, which is also the most expensive, is the roadster by Fleetwood.
On March 7 at Amelia Island, Bonhams sells a 452 V-16 roadster by Fleetwood, lot 240 estimated $ 1.25M. It was made in 1930 before the changes introduced by Cadillac at the end of that year.
Sold from new directly by the Detroit assembly plant to a local customer, it had only two owners in its first 50 years, both living in Detroit. Used sparingly, it is in a very good state of authenticity for all its equipment. It kept in excellent condition its original Fleetwood wood body.
The Cadillac Sixteen went through the Great Depression thanks to the financial strength of General Motors. Overall more than 4,000 units were produced from 1930 to 1940.
SOLD for $ 1.2M including premium