Cadillac’s Model 30 proved to be one of the most significant models in the Detroit marque’s illustrious history, particularly after the 1912 model year, which saw the introduction of the electric Self-Starter. While the Model 30’s replacement came in 1915, development continued right until the end. This 1914 Model 30 Five-Passenger Touring demonstrates the constant improvements Cadillac made to keep the car at the forefront of the market. While the 365.8 cubic-inch L-head inline four-cylinder engine and three-speed gearbox remained unchanged from the year before, Cadillac added the option of a two-speed rear axle—a feature that substantially increased the Model 30’s high-speed touring capability.
According to Cadillac build records, this particular car was shipped on 28 March 1914 to a dealership in Springfield, Massachusetts. Its fate afterward is unknown, though it was acquired by the most recent owner approximately twenty years ago, by then in need of some serious TLC.
Fortunately, the owner treated it to the care it deserved, and total restoration followed, returning the car to its original glory with beautifully restored coachwork and mechanical underpinnings. Restorers completely stripped the Model 30 to its bare chassis; mechanical components were rebuilt, and brightwork—including the engine’s copper water jackets—polished to a mirror finish. The previous owner painstakingly restored the body to its original configuration and selected a beautiful maroon and black livery with red pinstripe accents. Black interior upholstery is appropriately executed in button-tufted leather, with black carpet in the rear and a black convertible top contributing to the authentic and imposing presentation.
Period-correct details include a Cadillac-branded Gray & Davis headlamps and cowl lamps, a Warner Auto-Meter speedometer in the cabin, as well as a Cadillac-branded Boyce Motometer, mounted atop the radiator. Nickel-plated brass finishes gleam from the electric headlamps, cowl lights, and the bold Cadillac script on the radiator. Another new feature added for 1914, the hinged steering wheel, makes for easier driver ingress and egress. Finally, body-color 27-inch artillery wheels wrapped in black wall tires give the finishing touch to this grand Cadillac.
The engine bay makes an impressive statement, with silver-painted cast components setting off the brightly polished copper plumbing and cylinder jackets. Another addition for 1914 was the fitment of the under-hood air compressor as standard equipment, a previously optional extra. This car has also been updated with a modern-style ignition coil for more reliable performance while touring, and everything appears well maintained since the restoration.
The Cadillac Model 30 was designed with the expectations of an increasingly mobile America and a rapidly growing market of upper-class buyers in mind. Cadillac stood for dependability, performance, and quality – regardless of cost. This beautifully restored 1914 Five-Passenger Touring would still make for an excellent touring companion today, enabling its next owner to enjoy scenic byways in open-top style.
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