1932 Cadillac 452B V16 Fleetwood Madame X Sedan Vehicle Profile

1932 Cadillac 452B V16 photograph

1932 Cadillac 452B V16 photograph

1932 Cadillac 452B V16 photograph

1932 Cadillac 452B V16 photograph

1932 Cadillac 452B V16 photograph

1932 Cadillac 452B V16 photograph

1932 Cadillac 452B V16 photograph

1932 Cadillac 452B V16 photograph

1932 Cadillac 452B V16 photograph

1932 Cadillac 452B V16 photograph

1932 Cadillac 452B V16 photograph

1932 Cadillac 452B V16 photograph

1932 Cadillac 452B V161932 Cadillac 452B V161932 Cadillac 452B V161932 Cadillac 452B V161932 Cadillac 452B V161932 Cadillac 452B V161932 Cadillac 452B V161932 Cadillac 452B V161932 Cadillac 452B V161932 Cadillac 452B V161932 Cadillac 452B V161932 Cadillac 452B V16
Fleetwood Madame X Sedan
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Engine # 1400110
Sold for $264,000 at 2014 Gooding & Company - Amelia Island Sale.
The Cadillac V-16 was available in more than 70 different body styles and became a symbol of status and prestige. The engine was specifically designed and calibrated to produce minimal vibration and noise. It was set at a 45-degree angle between its cylinder banks enabling the engine to slide neatly under the hood.

Over the 11 years of production, Cadillac produced just 4,076 examples, with more than 3,00 built in 1931. The following year, just 300 were built. One of the most exclusive and expensive versions was the 'Madame X,' a four-door, five-passenger divider sedan, named by Cadillac master designer Harley Earl after a 1929 movie by the same name starring actress Ruth Chatterton. The cost exceeded $7,000 when new ($1,000 over the standard 16-cylidner Cadillacs) and was a special body style by Fleetwood featuring slender door and windshield pillars, chrome window-edge moldings, and a raked one-piece windshield.

This 1932 Cadillac V-16 Madame X is one of only four such examples built. It is believed that it was on special display at the 1933 Chicago Auto show and was purchased from the stand by Mr. Rudolf C. Block, son of William H. Block who was the founder of the Block department store in Indianapolis. Rudolf Block gave the car to his mother Amelia as a gift. The car was special ordered with a painted radiator shell, which still graces the car today. It is believed to have been delivered with double-sided green-wall tires.

Mrs. Block used the car regularly, having it chauffeur driven on the streets of Indianapolis.

In the 1940s the car was put into storage at the Block family mansion. It was later gifted to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum. It is believed that the automobile was renewed to factory condition by Block's grandson prior to it being put on display in the museum. It remained in the museum until being acquired by the current owner in 2011.

This Madame X was on display at the 2002 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

The car has gold-plated handles and fittings in the rear compartment, German silver pin-striping inlays, and the smokers companion roof vent which draws cigar smoke out of the passenger compartment while in motion. It is finished in green paint with copious chrome trim.

The car has vacuum assisted brakes, whitewall tires, dual metal side mounts with rearview mirrors, and a Cadillac radio and clock fitted in the rear compartment.

Chassis#

2014 Gooding & Company - Amelia Island Sale
Pre-Auction Estimates :$200,000-$240,000 
Sale Price : $264,000

Analysis

Chassis number Auction Sales History
2014$264,000

2018 2
2016 1
2014 1
2013 1
2011 1
2010 1
2009 2
2008 1
2007 1
2005 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2018$209,000$275,0002
2016$220,000$220,0001
2014$264,000$264,0001
2013$291,500$291,5001
2011$176,000$176,0001
2010$137,500$137,5001
2009$154,000$231,0002
2008$108,225$108,2251
2007$75,000$75,0001
2005$137,500$137,5001

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1932 sales)
1932 Cadillac V-16 Limousine Brougham by Fleetwood
Sold for $143,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1932 CADILLAC V16 SPECIAL PHAETON
Chassis#: 1400044
Sold for $275,000
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
 
1932 Cadillac V-16 Five-Passenger Sedan by Fleetwood
Sold for $220,000
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey
 
1932 Cadillac V-16 452B Madame X Imperial Sedan
Sold for $264,000
  2014 Gooding & Company - Amelia Island Sale
1932 Cadillac 452B V16 image  1932 Cadillac 452B V16 image  
1932 Cadillac V-16 All-Weather Phaeton by Fisher
Chassis#: 1400208
Sold for $291,500
  2013 RM Auctions - Arizona
1932 Cadillac 452B V16 image  1932 Cadillac 452B V16 image  
1932 Cadillac Sixteen Special Phaeton by Fisher
Chassis#: 1400044
Sold for $176,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
 
1932 Cadillac 452-B V16 Imperial Limousine
Sold for $137,500
  2010 Worldwide Auctions - The Auburn Auction
 
1932 Cadillac 452B V16
Sold for $231,000
  2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company
1932 Cadillac 452B V16 image  1932 Cadillac 452B V16 image  
1932 Cadillac 452B V16
Sold for $77,000
  2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company
1932 Cadillac 452B V16 image  
1932 Cadillac 452-B V16 Imperial Sedan
Sold for $108,225
  2008 The Richard C. Paine Jr. Collection
 
1932 Cadillac Series 452B
Sold for $75,000
  2007 Bonhams, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
1932 Cadillac 452B V16 image  1932 Cadillac 452B V16 image  
1932 CADILLAC 452 B V16 DUAL-WINDSHIELD ALL-WEATHER
Sold for $137,500
  2005 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2005
 
1932 CADILLAC 452 B V16 DUAL-WINDSHIELD ALL-WEATHER
Sold for $275,000
  2004 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2004
 
1932 CADILLAC 452 B FISHER DC PHAETON
Sold for $193,600
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2001
 

No Sale

1932 Cadillac 452B V16's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1932 Cadillac 452B V16 Fleetwood Imperial Limousine 2016 The Finest : The Elegance at Hershey $195,000$225,000
1932 Cadillac V16 452-B All Weather Phaeton24588692014 Bonhams The Scottsdale Auction $225,000$275,000
1932 Cadillac 452B V16 All-Weather Phaeton14002082011 Worldwide Auctions The Classics at the Trump Taj Mahal   

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