1938 Cadillac V16

Cadillac introduced an entirely new V-16 in 1938, an extravagant investment in luxury and exclusivity that only General Motors could even conceive, let alone execute, in the closing years of the Depression. The new engine, an L-head 135 degree wide-angle engine with 431 cubic inches, delivered 185 horsepower, the same as its 452 cubic inch predecessor, but was lighter, smoother running and more compact. In all body styles only 514 were produced in the model's three year run, only 315 in 1938, the year of its introduction. This is one of just 43 of the handsome and practical five-passenger Touring Sedans built in 1938, an automobile that fully deserves the term "commodious" with its luxurious rear compartment unencumbered by jump seats for occasional passengers. Cadillac boasted that the compact dimensions of the new V-16 allowed the 141" wheelbase chassis to carry even larger and more comfortable coachwork than the earlier V-16s, and this Touring Sedan bears out that contention. It is in very attractive condition, with red wheels, wide whitewall tires, remote spotlight, clock and heater. The interior woodwork is in good condition; paint and upholstery are better than that. Some of the chrome has deteriorated visibly but the overall presentation is very satisfactory. It is of course a Classic Car Club of America "Full Classic" (tm) and its ample and comfortable accommodations and the performance of its big, smooth-running V-16 make it ideal for enjoying tours and events where its rarity and quality will be particularly appreciated.

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