At the dawn of the 1930's the cylinder race was on, and Cadillac produced arguably the greatest with its massive 452 cubic-inch V16. Not only was this a powerful engine, but it was also elegantly styled with polished enamel paint, plated accents, hidden wires, and an uncluttered engine bay. These vehicles look as good with the hood up as with it closed. Mechanically the '16's' foundation was a silicon/aluminum crankcase with iron cylinders; while up top, overhead valves, hydraulic valve silencers, and dual carburetors were used.
Sporting a sixteen cylinder engine alone would be special, however, the car featured his is a rare Fleetwood Sport Phaeton model. These cars are identifiable by their unique retractable dual windshields and rear passenger instrumentation. The majority of the V-16 engines were fitted to closed bodied cars, while only 20% were allocated to open motoring vehicles. Only 86 Sport Phaetons were built, at a base price of $6,500. Just 18 remain.
The exclusive Cadillac V-16s ran between 1930 and 1940, and were produced for only the most discriminating buyers. Until the 1990's, only Cadillac and Marmon had ever made a production passenger car V16. A few notables such as Bugatti and Peerless made prototype V-16s. However, it is Cadillac that will always be linked to the 'sixteen.'