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1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 Madame X Sedan

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 carmaker 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 make 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 are 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 :
USD $140,000-USD $180,000 
Sale Price :
USD $242,000

2013 RM Auction - London

Sale Price :
USD $492,976 (£ 313,600.00)

2013 Auctions America - Auburn Fall

High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $135,000

1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Cadillac Series 452A V16

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Roadster
Chassis#: 702537
Sold for USD$93,500
  2024 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Roadster
Chassis#: 701990
Sold for USD$550,000
  2024 Mecum : Kissimmee
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1930 CADILLAC SERIES 452 V-16 SEVEN-PASSENGER SEDAN
Sold for USD$78,400
  2023 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1930 CADILLAC SERIES 452 V-16 CONVERTIBLE COUPE
Sold for USD$268,800
  2023 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood
Sold for USD$1,105,000
  2023 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
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1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood
Sold for USD$880,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : The Hershey Auction
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1930 CADILLAC SERIES 452 V-16 ROADSTER
Chassis#: 7-926
Sold for USD$1,655,000
  2022 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Roadster
Chassis#: 702092
Sold for USD$758,500
  2022 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Enthusiast Auction
 
1930 Cadillac V16 Série 452 Roadster par Fleetwood
Chassis#: 701990
Sold for USD$339,511
  2022 Artcurial : Retromobile
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1930 Cadillac V-16 Transformable Town Cabriolet by Fleetwood
Chassis#: 700492
Sold for USD$395,500
  2022 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
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1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster in the style of Fleetwood
Chassis#: 700697
Sold for USD$169,010
  2022 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood
Sold for USD$885,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Arizona
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1930 Cadillac V-16 All-Weather Phaeton by Fleetwood
Sold for USD$182,000
  2021 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
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1930 CADILLAC/LASALLE V-16 SPEEDSTER CUSTOM
Sold for USD$47,040
  2020 Bonhams : Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
 
1930 Cadillac V-16 All-Weather Phaeton by Fleetwood
Sold for USD$200,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
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1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood
Sold for USD$802,500
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
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1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood
Chassis#: 2597-7-1
Sold for USD$1,105,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
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1930 Cadillac 452A V-16 Landaulette De Luxe
Chassis#: 702297
Sold for USD$167,750
  2020 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale Arizona Auction
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1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood
Sold for USD$1,221,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
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1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Roadster Coachwork by Fleetwood
Chassis#: 7-952
Sold for USD$1,187,500
  2019 Bonhams : Amelia Island
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Cadillac Series 452A V16s That Failed To Sell At Auction

1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood7-9522024 RM Sothebys : ModaMiami $1,000,000$1,300,000
1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Roadster7-19242024 Bonhams : The Scottsdale Auction $1,000,000$1,200,000
1930 Cadillac V-16 Transformable Town Cabriolet by Fleetwood 2023 RM Sothebys : Monterey $300,000$400,000
1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Roadster7025372023 Mecum : Monterey$90,000$250,000$400,000
1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Roadster7019902023 Mecum : Monterey$350,000$400,000$600,000
1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Roadster7019902023 Mecum : Houston$550,000  
1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Transformable Town Cabriolet 2023 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction $350,000$450,000
1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Roadster 2023 Mecum : Kissimmee$400,000  
1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster 2022 Broad Arrow Auctions : Monterey Jet Center Auction $550,000$650,000
1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Roadster7019902022 Mecum : Monterey$425,000  
1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Phaeton by Murphy7-90942021 RM Sothebys : Monterey $1,500,000$1,800,000
1930 CADILLAC SERIES 452 V-16 IMPERIAL SEDAN 4330 2020 Bonhams : Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum $150,000$180,000
1930 Cadillac V-16 Madame X Imperial Landaulet Cabriolet 2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Pacific Grove Auction   
1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster in the style of Fleetwood 2019 RM Sothebys : Villa Erba $400,000$500,000
1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster in the style of Fleetwood 2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island $325,000$425,000
1930 Cadillac V-16 Seven-Passenger Imperial Sedan by Fleetwood7024022018 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
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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1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16

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