1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 All-Weather Phaeton by Murphy Vehicle Profile

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1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 photograph

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All-Weather Phaeton by Murphy
Coachwork: Murphy
Designer: Harley Earl
When the 1906 earthquake hit in San Francisco, very few automobile dealerships survived. The Charles Howard Buick dealership did and fortune allowed him to sell cars to those in need. Howard became a very successful dealer on the west coast and became interested in a Pasadena coachbuilder Walter M. Murphy.

Charles himself ordered a V-16 Cadillac. This car left the factory as a standard Fleetwood bodied roadster, shipped to Charles S. Howard, the San Francisco-based California distributor for Buick (and eventual owner of Seabiscuit, the legendary triple-crown winning race horse). Howard's aim was to have a custom-built V-16. As was standard practice at the time, Cadillac did not sell a V-16 chassis to a coachbuilder. If a client wanted custom coachwork, they usually purchased the most inexpensive model, removed the body to be sold off, and installed the new custom body. Howard had previously used Murphy, the respected coachbuilder from Pasadena, and commissioned them to build his special V-16.

A young and very talented Murphy designer, Franklin Hershey, gave the car a 'California' look, with very thin pillars and a light appearance. The most striking feature was a 22-degree, racked-back windshield, used instead of the typical, almost vertical, style. The finished car had a dual-purpose character. Fully enclosed as a convertible sedan, it was designed so that the windows could be lowered and concealed by flush chrome covers. With the center posts removed, and the rear windscreen raised, the car had the look and feel of a true open car.

Special features found on this car include inlaid interior woodwork, a second windshield for rear seat passengers and a slightly raked windshield. This gave the car the appearance of a dual-cowl phaeton when the top was lowered. The completed car was enjoyed by the Howards for many years. It then passed through the hands of many well-known collectors before its acquisition by the current owner.

First restored around 1984, the restoration was thoroughly upgraded with new paint and other details to bring it back to concours quality in 1995. The present owner acquired this superb and rare custom V-16 Cadillac very recently.

Cadillac scooped the luxury market with the mid-1930 introduction of their series 452 sixteen-cylinder super luxury car. This individual custom creation from the Walter M. Murphy Company of Pasadena, California, was built for Charles Howard, owner of the famed racehorse Seabiscuit. Murphy is best known for building Duesenberg bodies, but Howard obviously preferred the new Cadillac chassis for his car. The silky smooth V-16 employed hydraulic valve silencers, and period press reported that the loudest noise heard at idle was 'the spark of the contact points.'

Chassis#

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Analysis

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
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  

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