1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 All-Weather Phaeton / 703110 Chassis Information

1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 photograph

1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 photograph

1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 photograph

1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 photograph

1931 Cadillac 452A V-161931 Cadillac 452A V-161931 Cadillac 452A V-161931 Cadillac 452A V-16
All-Weather Phaeton
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Chassis Num: 703110
Sold for $231,000 at 2009 Worldwide Auctioneers.
The Cadillac V16 engine had a small 3-inch bore, allowing Cadillac to place the cylinders close together, minimizing the engine's length and the length of the crankshaft. The crank ran in five main bearings and the combination of the short crankshaft and many bearings eliminated annoying harmonics. With the small 3-inch bore and 4-inch stoke, Cadillac was able to use its existing transmission and driveline. The engine had a 45-degree angle which minimized the engine's width, allowing it to fit under the hood. It used overhead valves which aided in access to the valve train for service. It employed the first application of hydraulic valve adjustment, which also aided in quiet operation of the valve train and minimizing maintenance. The spark plug wires traveled from the distributor to the plugs under covers. The valve covers, manifolds, and carburetors were monochromatic with carefully selected details and highlights.

The coachwork was designed by the Art and Colour department under the direction of Harley Earl. The car was so successful, that Cadillac continued production virtually unchanged into 1931. For 1930, Cadillac had produced 2,887 cars of which about 2,500 were sold to retail buyers. A further 750 or so were sold in 1931, and Cadillac's management responded by slowing production drastically while working off existing inventory, building only 364 V16s in 1931.

This 1931 Cadillac 452A V16 is an All-Weather Phaeton with coachwork by Fleetwood in Style number 4380. It is more conservatively known as the convertible sedan, and has a body beltline which drops at the rear seats which create a recess into which the top nearly completely folded, making a horizontal line from the radiator through the hood, cowl, and window sills. The front and rear doors are hinged on the body center post, allowing for easier entry to both the front and rear compartments.

This V16 Cadillac was in the Sterling McCall Cadillac Museum for many years. It is painted in blue with matching leather upholstery, beige carpets and kick panels, with carved wood cappings and trim. There are sidemounted spares with rear view mirrors, wide white wall tires on chrome centerlock wire wheels, a pair of Pilot-Ray driving lights, dual chrome bell horns, fender top marker lights, vee windshield, and a radiator protected by a stone-guard and egret radiator cap mascot. The interior features a crank-operated divider window, and Jaeger clock. The car wears an older restoration with only little signs of its age.

In 2009, this V16 All-Weather Phaeton was offered for sale at the Houston Classic Auction in Seabrook, Texas, presented by Worldwide Auctioneers. The car was estimated to sell for $225,000 - $275,000 and offered without reserve. It was sold for the sum of $210,000, plus buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2009

Chassis# 703110

2009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction
Pre-Auction Estimates :$225,000-$275,000 
Sale Price : $231,000

Analysis

Chassis number 703110 Auction Sales History
2009$231,000

2017 1
2015 2
2012 2
2010 2
2009 5
2008 1
2006 4
2004 3

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$577,500$577,5001
2015$289,037$319,0002
2012$304,000$465,0002
2010$414,000$418,0002
2009$400,637$632,5005
2008$104,500$104,5001
2006$413,950$715,0004
2004$400,600$484,0003

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 CADILLAC V-16 LANCEFIELD CONVERTIBLE VICTORIA
Chassis#: 702873
Sold for $577,500
  2017 Dragone Lime Rock Park
 
1931 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 TOWN BROUGHAM
Chassis#: 703164
Sold for $259,073
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
 
1931 Cadillac V-16 Roadster in the style of Fleetwood
Sold for $319,000
  2015 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  
1931 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Special Dual Cowl Phaeton by Fleetwood
Sold for $465,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  
1931 Cadillac Imperial V16 Limo Fleetwood
Sold for $143,000
  2012 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale, Fl
 
1931 Cadillac V16 Roadster by Fleetwood
Sold for $418,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  
1931 Cadillac 452 V-16 Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 702401
Sold for $410,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  
1931 Cadillac V16 Roadster
Chassis#: 703165
Sold for $404,687
  2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 703249
Sold for $550,000
  2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
 
1931 Cadillac V-16 All Weather Phaeton
Sold for $185,000
  2009 Leake Auctions - Tulsa - 37th Annual Leake Auto Auction - QuikTrip Center
 
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16
Chassis#: 703110
Sold for $231,000
  2009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16
Sold for $632,500
  2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16
Sold for $104,500
  2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  
1931 Cadillac 452 V-16 Special
Sold for $715,000
  2006 The Otis Chandler Collection Auction
 
1931 Cadillac V16 Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 702797
Sold for $495,000
  2006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  
1931 Cadillac V-16 Seven Passenger Sedan
Chassis#: 703106
Sold for $82,800
  2006 The J.C. Stevens Estate Auction
 
1931 Cadillac V16 Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 702401
Sold for $363,000
  2006 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  
1931 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton
Sold for $484,000
  2004 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
 
1931 CADILLAC V16 ALL WEATHER PHAETON
Chassis#: 363
Sold for $233,800
  2004 Bonhams - MOTOR CARS
 
1931 Cadillac V16 Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: 702406
Sold for $484,000
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  1931 Cadillac 452A V-16 image  

No Sale

1931 Cadillac 452A V-16's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Cadillac V16 Convertible Victoria par Lancefield7028732017 Artcurial : Retromobile $600,000$900,000
1931 Cadillac V16 Five Passenger Imperial Landau Cabriolet7025842016 Dragone : The Boston Cup Auction $350,000$375,000
1931 Cadillac 452A 2010 Branson Auctions Spring 2010$500,000  
1931 Cadillac V-16 All Weather Phaeton 2009 Leake Auctions Dallas 37th Annual Leake Auto Auction Market Hall$155,000  
1931 Cadillac V-16 Series 452A All-Weather Phaeton7005432009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia $250,000$280,000
1930 Cadillac V16 Sport Phaeton7024012008 Sports & Classics of Monterey by RM Auctions$475,000$500,000$600,000

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