1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 Vehicle Profile

Madame X Sedan
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Designer: Harley Earl
Engine Num: 702054
High bid of $135,000 at 2013 Auctions America by RM Auctions. (did not sell)
Sold for $492,976 (£313,600) at 2013 RM Sothebys.
Sold for $242,000 at 2014 RM Sothebys.
At a time when the United States and the rest of the world would still be rather unaware of the scale-backs that would result from the events on that Black Tuesday, Cadillac would be busy making efforts to go big. Only a few months after that fateful day in October, Cadillac would unveil the key element that would cement its reputation.

In January of 1930, Cadillac would debut to the world its 16-cylinder engine. Immediately, the car-maker would enter very select company. Practically overnight, Cadillac would embark on an even greater path of finery. Cadillac would become an even greater draw to the governmental and affluent figures of society.

While many would consider the engine to be a work of art, the engine and platform provided many coachbuilders the perfect canvas upon which to mount their elegant designs. Metal, wood, canvas and leather would all be combined with the creative heartbeat hidden within to offer customers luxury and performance for which Cadillac remains famous.

In all, there would be some 54 body styles from which customers could choose. Among the many body styles there would be varying levels of sportiness and luxury. The 4100 series would be considered the finest, most glamorous, within the extensive line.

At the time, there was a famous stage play known as 'Madame X'. The story follows the life of a wife who had been thrown out of her own house by her husband when it had been discovered she had had an affair. Over the course of the story the woman becomes embroiled in some bad relationships that lead to her killing her lover to protect her son. The melancholy existence and circumstances lead the woman to making an impassioned plea for mercy and ends in her sudden, almost noble death.

Such intrigue, drama, darkness and nobility could be realized in Cadillac's Sedan Cabriolet design built by Fleetwood. Though never used by Cadillac themselves, the Sedan designed by Fleetwood would forever become synonymously known as the Madam X Sedan.

This is just such an example. Body style number two, this particular V-16 Madame X Sedan is also a cabriolet meaning the car has a 'convertible-look' through the use of a padded leather roofline.

Though not entirely gospel, it is believed just a total of seven V-16 Cadillacs would be produced with the Fleetwood Sedan Cabriolet body style. Fashioning number 2, this particular example is considered the first to have been built, especially with the one-piece windshield. While there is some unknown elements to its story there is a good possibility this is the only remaining example of a Madame X Sedan Cabriolet.

Don Lee Cadillac, based in Los Angeles, would take initial delivery of the car. Still carrying its original engine, the 1930 Cadillac would end up as part of a number of collections throughout its history, including one Wayne Merriman.

Years before the car would be restored and would be finished in its present green and black scheme. Carrying many of its original accents and accessories, the Madame X Sedan Cabriolet even retains its evocative goddess mascot.

A sight to behold, complete with its wool upholstery, rear-mounted truck, chrome wire wheels, dual driving lights, smoking sets and vanities, the Madame X Sedan Cabriolet is certainly among the most luxurious and opulent of all pre-war Cadillacs.

This stately and formal Cadillac would be offered via RM Auctions as part of their 2014 Hershey gathering. Bolstered by its luxurious presence and V-16 power the 1930 Cadillac would be a highly-anticipated feature of the auction and the bidding would rise north of $200,000. When the gavel fell, a sale price of $242,000 had been realized.

By Jeremy McMullen


2014 RM Auctions - Hershey
Pre-Auction Estimates :$140,000-$180,000 
Sale Price : $242,000
2013 RM Auction - London
Sale Price : $492,976 (£313,600.00)
2013 Auctions America - Auburn Fall
High Bid (Lot was not sold)$135,000


Chassis number Auction Sales History

2017 6
2016 4
2015 6
2014 3
2013 4
2011 6
2010 4
2009 2
2008 4
2007 5

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Cadillac V-16 Imperial Limousine
Chassis#: 700859
Sold for $99,000
  2017 The Auburn Auction : Worldwide Auctioneers
1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Coupe
Chassis#: 702089
Sold for $180,000
  2017 Mecum : Monterey
1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood
Chassis#: 701070
Sold for $797,500
  2017 RM Sothebys : Santa Monica
1930 Cadillac V-16 Club Sedan
Sold for $195,250
  2017 Auctions America : Fort Lauderdale
1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Coupe by Fleetwood
Sold for $368,500
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood
Sold for $1,100,000
  2017 RM Sotheby's : Arizona Auction
1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood
Chassis#: 702425
Sold for $687,500
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood
Sold for $1,457,500
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1930 Cadillac V-16 All-Weather Phaeton
Chassis#: $350,000
Sold for $291,500
  2016 Worldwide Auctions - The Houston Classic
1930 Cadillac V16 Series 452 Dual-cowl Phaeton
Chassis#: 700665
Sold for $257,697
  2016 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
1930 Cadillac V-16 Two-Passenger Coupe by Fleetwood
Sold for $319,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
1930 Cadillac V16 Sedan Project
Chassis#: 700375
Sold for $100,754
  2015 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
1930 Cadillac V-16 Transformable Limousine Brougham
Chassis#: 700298
Sold for $220,000
  2015 The Auburn Auction
1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan by Murphy
Sold for $1,925,000
  2015 RM Sotheyb's : The Andrews Collection
1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Coupe by Fleetwood
Sold for $456,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
Chassis#: 702297
Sold for $121,000
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale
1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood
Sold for $1,100,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Hershey
1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood
Sold for $412,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Hershey
1930 Cadillac V-16 Madame X Sedan Cabriolet by Fleetwood
Sold for $242,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Hershey
1930 Cadillac Sixteen Roadster by Fleetwood
Sold for $492,976
  2013 RM Auction - London

No Sale

1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster in the style of Fleetwood 2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction $350,000$450,000
1930 Cadillac V16 All Weather Phaeton 2014 Bonhams The Scottsdale Auction $275,000$325,000
1930 Cadillac Sixteen Madame X Sedan Cabriolet7020542013 Auctions America Auburn Fall$135,000  
1930 Cadillac V-16 All Weather Phaeton 2013 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction $275,000$350,000
1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 2010 Leake Auctions Tulsa, Oklahoma$240,000  
1930 Cadillac V16 série 452 dual-cowl phaéton7006652010 Bonhams Automobiles d'Exception á Rétromobile $350,000$450,000
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V167008982009 Vintage Motor Cars of Meadow Brook$210,000$250,000$350,000
1930 Cadillac Series 452A 2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey $100,000$125,000
1930 CADILLAC IMPERIAL LIMOUSINE 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$72,100  


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