Cadillac's V16 burst upon the scene in 1930, setting off a "cylinder war" that would challenge American luxury car builders through the depths of the Great Depression. The Cadillac V16 countered E.L. Cord's Duesenberg straight eight with the silky smoothness of sixteen cylinders. The Cadillac V16 had nearly the flexibility of a steam engine: silent, smooth and with immense torque to pull even the most commodious coachwork. Bodied by Fleetwood, the appointments, features and Cadillac V16 chassis were good enough to impress the most demanding American and European buyers. Cadillac displayed a selection of V16s in a series of European Salons in 1931, selling each one to buyers accustomed to the standards of Hispano-Suiza, Isotta-Fraschini, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz. This beautiful Fleetwood V16 Convertible Sedan is indicative of the quality and features which have made Cadillac V16s the standard of excellence in Classic cars. Restored some years ago to very high standards, it is beautifully liveried in Cream and Beige with Brown fenders and a Brown accent with Tan broadcloth upholstery and Tan cloth top piped in Brown. Its opening vee windshield and divider window are the epitome of sleek luxury and exclusivity. Dual side-mount spares with rear view mirrors, Pilot-Ray driving lights, top boot and a luggage trunk on a folding rack complete its exhaustive equipment list. New wide whitewall tires, a fresh, comprehensive service and detailing have readied it to be driven and toured with pride and distinction. It runs quietly and smoothly and offers a new owner the opportunity to freshen its cosmetics for a new round of Concours display. There is no greater American Classic than the Cadillac V16, and no body style more adaptable and attractive than the Fleetwood Convertible Sedan.
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