1916 Cadillac Type 53 news, pictures, and information
|Town Cabriolet by Healey|
Coachwork: Healey & Co
In 1909, Cadillac was acquired by the newly formed General Motors organization. The first electric self-starter, developed by talented inventor Charles F. Kettering, appeared on the 1912 Cadillac Model 30. Cadillac took a giant step toward becoming one of America's greatest cars in 1915, when it introduced its 314 cubic-inch V8 engine - the first truly mass-produced V8 in the world.
This car is one of 18,003 Type 53 Cadillacs produced in 1916, the second year of V8 production. It was delivered from the factory, without body, to New York Cadillac distributor Inglis Uppercu in May 1916. The 122-inch wheelbase chassis was then sent to Healey & Company, a highly-esteemed coachbuilder catering to New York City's carriage trade. There, Healey craftsmen built and installed the hand-crafted body. The completed car was priced at about $3,000.
The Town Cabriolet was designed to be chauffer-driven. This one is believed to have been built for Madeline Edison Sloan, a daughter of Thomas Edison.
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