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1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16 Madame X Sedan

This 1930 Cadillac V16 Madame X Five-Passenger Sedan was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars sale at Hershey, PA presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $100,000 - $125,000 and offered without reserve. Bidding surpassed the estimates with the final bid settling at $93,500, including the buyer's premium.

In 1930 Cadillac introduced its new sixteen-cylinder masterpiece which carried a sticker price of $6,900. Up to this point in history, Cadillac had mostly been a mid-priced vehicle, but with the introduction of this new model, Cadillac graduated to the head of the luxury car segment. It shared an honor with only one other marque, Bugatti, who had produced a 'U' shaped sixteen-cylinder engine, with Cadillac's being the first true 16-cylinder created from scratch. It was designed by Owen Nacker and featured a 45-degree cylinder bank angle and overhead valve design which kept the engine very narrow. To complement the ingenuity and genius of the V16 powerplant, the engine bay became one of the first to be given proper 'styling.' All of the wiring was hidden and there was generous use of polished aluminum, shining porcelain, and a pair of valve covers with brushed aluminum rigged surfaces featuring the Cadillac emblem.

What was even more impressive is the era in which it was introduced - the Great Depression. This new technology in one of the largest and most complex packages ever created up to this point, kept the competition struggling to keep up. In their efforts to develop, experiment and test, many over-extended themselves and were forced out of business.

Even though the luxury market was declining, Cadillac was able to survive, thanks in part to the financial support from General Motors.

It is believed that only 49 examples of the model 4130-S were ever produced. They are commonly known as the 'Madam-X' Cadillacs and wore series 4100 Fleetwood bodies. Their most unusual and possibly attractive feature was the raked, one-piece flat windshield which had very thin side pillars and fine chrome molding around all side windows.

This particular example was built on July 7th of 1930 and shipped to the Akron Branch of Cadillac. During its trip, it was diverted on October 10th to Canton, Ohio where it was sold to its first owner. It has been well cared for throughout its life. It retains many of its original equipment including the correct 13-inch headlights, an eight-inch articulated lower driving lights that turn in sync with the front wheels, chrome pilot fender lights, painted spoke wire wheels, dual hard cover side mounted 19-inch spoke wheels, and painted in a two-tone blue exterior. It is body no 26, bodied by Fleetwood, and one of the few remaining in modern times.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007

2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $100,000-USD $125,000 
Lot was not sold

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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