The 1930-1937 Cadillac Sixteen was the all-time great among Cadillacs, with a gem of an overhead-valve V-16 engine that produced 165 bhp and 320 lbs/ft torque. Initially available in 33 different models, sub-models, or trim variations, the Cadillac Sixteen returned eight miles per gallon and would do 90 mph.

The 1930 Cadillac V-16 convertible coupe, part of the 1930-1937 Cadillac Sixteen line of collectible cars.
1930 Cadillac V-16 convertible coupe.
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The 1930-1937 Cadillac Sixteen was the all-time great among Cadillacs, with a gem of an overhead-valve V-16 engine that produced 165 bhp and 320 lbs/ft torque. Initially available in 33 different models, sub-models, or trim variations, the Cadillac Sixteen returned eight miles per gallon and would do 90 mph.

The division used its longest wheelbases and most elaborate bodies and accoutrements for the Sixteens, which sold for $4,700 and up -- usually far up. Cadillac described its performance fairly accurately as "a continuous flow ... constantly at full-volume efficiency ... flexible ... instantly responsive."

Pluses
of the 1930-1937 Cadillac Sixteen:
  • A great locomotive of a car and avidly admired
  • Very high investment and appreciation potential
  • Scarcity of all body styles makes each car a rarity
  • CCCA Classic status
Minuses of the 1930-1937 Cadillac Sixteen:
  • Towering purchase price and running costs
  • Restorations should not be undertaken unless the individual model is very special
Production of the 1930-1931 Cadillac Sixteen:
3,250

Production of the 1932 Cadillac Sixteen:
296

Production of the 1933 Cadillac Sixteen:
125

Production of the 1934 Cadillac Sixteen:
60

Production of the 1935 Cadillac Sixteen:
50

Production of the 1936 Cadillac Sixteen:
52

Production of the 1937 Cadillac Sixteen:
49

Specifications
of the 1930-1937 Cadillac Sixteen:
Length, inches: NA
Wheelbase, inches: 148.0 (1930-31); 143.0, 149.0 (1932-33); 154.0 (1934-37)
Weight, pounds: 5,115-6,450
Price, new: $4,695-$9,250 (U.S.)


Engines
for the 1930-1937 Cadillac Sixteen:
TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
ohv V-16452.0 cid
165
1930-1937

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