The large 452 cubic-inch sixteen cylinder engines, banked at a 45-degree angle, was largely the work of Cadillac Chief Engineer Earnest Seaholm. The engine offers 175 horsepower and even more impressive was low speed torque, 320 lb-ft at 1,500 rpm, assuring low-speed operation that was silky smooth and super silent, thanks to the engine's hydraulic valve lifters. Another impressive feature of the Cadillac's V-16 program was the roughly 70 body styles offered.
This Cadillac Sixteen Cylinder Fleetwood Limousine is in near-original condition. It was built for Mrs. H.A. Springle and was delivered through General Motors Products of Canada on May 25th of 1933. It currently shows just 29,500 miles. It was also shown at the Pebble Beach Concours in 2003.
Fleetwood built just 32 of this body style on the V-16 chassis in 1933. This example is number 18. At year's end in 1933, just 126 Sixteens had been sold.
In 2011, this car was offered for sale at the St. John auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $130,000 - $160,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $159,500 including buyer's premium.Also photographed at :