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1912 Cadillac Model 30 Torpedo

    Cadillac was the first manufacturer to standardize electric starting and lighting in 1912 thereby revolutionizing the automobile industry. No more hand cranking to start cars! Left-hand drive and the first V-8 engine appeared in 1915. Cadillac ads proclaimed the marque, 'Standard of the World,' and the company rightfully established itself as one of the industry's leading luxury car manufacturers. Cadillac produced and sold 13,995 vehicles in 1912. The limited production Torpedo Tourer is smaller than Cadillac's volume car, the Model 30, but costs $1,900 compared to the Model 30 which was $1,800. All 1912 Cadillacs were painted Cadillac Blue, except for the Torpedo which could be specially ordered in Battleship Gray.

    This is one of 13,995 Cadillacs built in 1912. Cadillacs were first produced with electric ignition and electric lighting in 1912. The Torpedo-bodied Cadillac was offered only in Battleship Gray. The original cost was $1,900.

    It is powered by a 286 Cubic inch four-cylinder engine producing 32 horsepower with a three-speed transmission. The top speed was 50 miles per hour.

    This car was found totally disassembled in a storage building in 2014 and underwent a six-year restoration. This is one of three 1912 Cadillac Torpedos known to exist.

    No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

    1912 Cadillac Model 30 Auction Sales

    Recent Sales of the Cadillac Model 30

    (Data based on Model Year 1912 sales)
    1912 Cadillac Model 30 Five-Passenger Touring
    Chassis#: 37206
    Sold for USD$61,600
      2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection
     
    1912 Cadillac Model 30 Four-Passenger Touring
    Sold for USD$36,300
      2017 Worldwide Auctioneers: Texas Classic Auction
     
    1912 Cadillac Five-Passenger Touring
    Chassis#: 39039
    Sold for USD$88,000
      2016 RM Sotheby's : Hershey
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    1912 Cadillac Five-Passenger Touring
    Chassis#: 43397
    Sold for USD$55,000
      2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
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    1912 Cadillac Torpedo Touring
    Chassis#: 42981
    Sold for USD$78,100
      2013 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction
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    1912 Cadillac Model 30 Four-Passenger Touring
    Sold for USD$46,200
      2010 Worldwide Auctioneers - The Houston Classic Weekend
     
    1912 Cadillac Speedster
    Chassis#: 52266
    Sold for USD$56,100
      2007 RM Auctions - The Al Wiseman Collection
     
    1912 Cadillac Model 30 Touring Car
    Sold for USD$29,900
      2004 Bonhams - MOTOR CARS
     

    Cadillac Model 30s That Failed To Sell At Auction

    1912 Cadillac Model 30's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
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    1912 Cadillac Model 30

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    1912 Cadillac Model 30 Vehicle Profiles

    1912 Cadillac Model 30 vehicle information
    Touring
    Chassis #: 43397
    Engine #: 69195
    1912 Cadillac Model 30 vehicle information
    Torpedo
    Chassis #: 42981
    Engine #: 67561
    1912 Cadillac Model 30 vehicle information
    Touring
    Chassis #: 39039
    Engine #: 64594