The 1938-1940 Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen and overall Sixteen production was never more than a few hundred per year after 1933. Both the V-12 and original V-16 engines were dropped after 1937, but Cadillac offered a new L-head V-16 for three more model years.

The 1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 limousine, part of the 1938-1940 Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen line of collectible cars.
1938 Cadillac Series 90 V-16 limousine.
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At 431 cid and 185 bhp, the 1938-1940 Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen powerplant was smaller and lighter, but more powerful than the earlier jewel-like engine. However, it's never received collector acclaim. The advent of precision-insert con rod bearings helped eliminate the traditional knock and engine wear of eights and sixes, which had occasioned multi-cylinder engines.

Cadillac found it uneconomical to continue this Sixteen past 1940, even though it shared its wheelbase and many body styles with the Series Seventy-Five. Few open models were built, most being Imperial and formal sedans.

Pluses of t
he 1938 Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen:
  • Despite lesser reputation, flathead V-16 was smooth and near silent
  • All models have full Classic status
  • Luxury, refinement
  • Good roadability
  • A bit easier to acquire than pre-1938 models
Minuses of the 1938 Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen:
  • Still very expensive
  • Extremely hard to find
  • Colossal restoration costs
Production of the 1938 Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen:
311

Production of the 1939 Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen:
136

Production of the 1940 Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen:
61

Specifications of t
he 1938-1940 Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen:
Length, inches: NA
Wheelbase, inches: 141.3
Weight, pounds: 4,830-5,330
Price, new: $5,140-$7,175 (U.S.)


Engines
for the 1938-1940 Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen:
TypeSize
Horsepower
Years
sv V-16
431.0 cid
185
1938-1940

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