1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 Madame X Sedan Vehicle Profile

1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 photograph

1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 photograph

1930 Cadillac Series 452A V161930 Cadillac Series 452A V16
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

Chassis#

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

Analysis

Chassis number Auction Sales History
2014$242,000
2013$492,976

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
2017$456,708$1,100,0006
2016$673,549$1,457,5004
2015$523,709$1,925,0006
2014$584,833$1,100,0003
2013$210,494$492,9764
2011$355,896$577,5006
2010$323,125$440,0004
2009$218,000$309,5002
2008$368,500$693,0004
2007$524,700$1,056,0005

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 Series 452A V16 image  1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 image  
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 Series 452A V16 image  1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 image  
1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood
Sold for $1,457,500
  2016 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 image  1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 image  
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
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 image  1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 image  
1930 CADILLAC V-16 LANDAULETTE DE LUXE
Chassis#: 702297
Sold for $121,000
  2015 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 image  
1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood
Sold for $1,100,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Hershey
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 image  1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 image  
1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood
Sold for $412,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Hershey
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 image  1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 image  
1930 Cadillac V-16 Madame X Sedan Cabriolet by Fleetwood
Sold for $242,000
  2014 RM Auctions - Hershey
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 image  1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 image  
1930 Cadillac Sixteen Roadster by Fleetwood
Sold for $492,976
  2013 RM Auction - London
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 image  1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 image  

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  

Comparables

Similar sales to the $492,976 range.
1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 Corto Gara Stradale Coupé
Chassis#:AR 1900C 01420
Sold for $494,067
2018 Bonhams : The Monaco Sale 'Les Grandes Marques à Monaco'
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 vehicle thumbnail image  1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 vehicle thumbnail image  
2006 Ford GT
Chassis#:Chassis#:1FAFP90S16Y401553
Sold for $489,500
2018 Bonhams : Scottsdale
1968 CHEVROLET CORVETTE L88
Chassis#:Chassis#:194378S414566
Sold for $495,000
2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
2006 FORD GT HERITAGE EDITION
Chassis#:Chassis#:1FAFP90S56Y401765
Sold for $495,000
2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
2011 Porsche 911 GT2 RS
Sold for $495,000
2018 Mecum : Kissimmee
1935 Packard Twelve Sport Phaeton
Chassis#:821-202
Sold for $495,000
2017 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 vehicle thumbnail image  1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 vehicle thumbnail image  
1935 Lagonda LG45 4½-Litre Monte Carlo Rally Team Car
Chassis#:Chassis#:12028
Sold for $490,453
2017 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
1959 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe
Chassis#:Chassis#:1275 GT
Sold for $489,500
2017 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1912 Fiat Tipo 56 Touring
Chassis#:S1547
Sold for $495,000
2017 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Pacific Grove Auction
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 vehicle thumbnail image  1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 vehicle thumbnail image  
2005 Saleen S7 R
Chassis#:Chassis#:0060
Sold for $493,243
2017 Artcurial Motorcars : Monaco
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 Vantage Sports Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:DBMK2/4252/R
Sold for $493,881
2017 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Sale
2008 Ferrari F430 GTC
Chassis#:Chassis#:2616
Sold for $491,344
2017 RM Sotheby's : Paris
THE LED ZEPPELIN 1973 FERRARI 246 DINO GTS
Chassis#:Chassis#:06040
Sold for $496,804
2016 Coys - Thoroughbred & Vintage at Fontwell House
1934 Packard Twelve 1107 Dual-Windshield Phaeton
Chassis#:901967
Sold for $495,000
2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 vehicle thumbnail image  1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 vehicle thumbnail image  
1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 'SERIES 2' SPORTS SALOON
Chassis#:Chassis#:DB4/323/R
Sold for $496,125
2016 Bonhams : The Aston Martin Works Sale
1963 Ferrari 330 America Berlinetta
Chassis#:Chassis#:5069
Sold for $488,347
2016 Bonhams : The Monaco Sale
1960 AC Ace-Bristol
Chassis#:BEX 1054
Sold for $495,000
2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 vehicle thumbnail image  1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 vehicle thumbnail image  
1949 Delahaye 135 M Cabriolet 'Malmaison' by Pourtout
Chassis#:801199
Sold for $495,000
2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 vehicle thumbnail image  1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 vehicle thumbnail image  
1997 Porsche 911 Turbo S
Chassis#:WP0AC2995VS375774
Sold for $495,000
2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 vehicle thumbnail image  
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA
Chassis#:Chassis#:AR 613311
Sold for $493,864
2016 Rétromobile 2016 by Artcurial Motorcars



Vehicle information, history, and specifications from concept to production.

Follow ConceptCarz on Facebook Conceptcarz Google+ Follow ConceptCarz on Twitter RSS News Feed

Conceptcarz.com
© 1998-2018 Conceptcarz.com Reproduction or reuse prohibited without written consent.