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1934 Cadillac 452D V16

Carrozzeria, Italian meaning coachbuilder, is an individual or company that bodies carriages or automobiles. The name in German is Karosserie. These skills were needed during the early part of the 1900's to fabricate enclosures for rolling chassis. The materials used were mostly wooden or metal. As the evolution of automobile production evolved, manufacturers brought the design and development in-house, making individual coachbuilders a dying breed.

Unibody construction has mostly eliminated the need for coachbuilders. Many coachbuilders were purchased or merged by the automobile manufacturers. Others became highly specialized and worked on a contract basis, mostly for high priced, luxury automobiles.

Fleetwood Metal Body was a coachbuilder during the early 1900s. The name is from Fleetwood, Pennsylvania the birthplace of the company. They specialized in the production of wood and metal bodies. They were large and luxurious and often purchased by the rich and famous. Fleetwood was purchased by Fisher Body in 1925 and integrated into General Motors in 1931.

The luxury segment of General Motors was Cadillac, so it was only natural that Fleetwood would aide in the design and creation of bodies for the Cadillac marque. In 1927 the name appeared on Cadillac's representing their top of the line vehicles. In 1946 Cadillac offered an upscale version of its Series 60, dubbed the Series 60 Special Fleetwood. The name was later used on the Series 70 and Sixty Special models through 1976. The name continued to appear on Cadillac vehicles as late as 1996.


by Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2012
1934 Cadillac 452D V16 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe (Modified V Windshield)
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Designer: Harley Earl

The Cadillac V-16 was Cadillac's top-of-the-line car from its January 1930 launch until production ceased in 1940 as the war in Europe hurt sales. All were finished to custom order, an the model was built in very small numbers; only 4,076 cars were c....[continue reading]

1934 Cadillac 452D V16 vehicle information

Convertible Sedan w/Divider (Modified V Windshield)
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Designer: Harley Earl

Engine Num: 5100038

The Cadillac 452D was designed by the legendary Harley Earl and was first debuted at the 1933 Chicago World Fair. It was powered by a V-16 engine placed in the front and powering the rear wheels. Large 15 inch mechanical drum brakes were placed on al....[continue reading]

1934 Cadillac 452D V16 vehicle information

Aerodynamic Coupe (Modified V Windshield)
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Designer: Harley Earl

Chassis Num: 5100034

Depending on coachwork, the 452 Cadillac's could reach a top speed of 100 mph. They had massive amounts of torque, smooth acceleration and quiet ride. This large engine was used to carry the equally large coachwork, resting on a platform that measu....[continue reading]

1934 Cadillac 452D V16 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe (Modified V Windshield)
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Designer: Harley Earl

Only 56 Cadillac V16s were built during 1934 and this is one of the most unique and unusual. The 154-inch wheelbase offered what has to be the most substantial underpinning for a two-passenger coupe, but the result is a car that exudes an almost sin....[continue reading]

1934 Cadillac 452D V16 vehicle information

Convertible Sedan w/Divider (Modified V Windshield)
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Designer: Harley Earl

Designed for the Edgewater Beach Hotel Auto Show, Chicago Il, this automobile was purchased from the floor of the General Motors Rotunda at the 1933-1934 Chicago World's Fair. Originally owned by the Williams family, of Western and Southern Life Ins....[continue reading]

1934 Cadillac 452D V16 vehicle information

Custom Roadster

In 1934, Fleetwood Coachbuilders, by then a division of Cadillac, published its 'Annual Book of Fleetwood' in which were featured three custom designs that could be built on a 16-cylinder chassis by special order. This was an attempt to bolster very ....[continue reading]

1934 Cadillac 452D V16 vehicle information

Convertible Sedan w/Divider (Modified V Windshield)
Coachwork: Fleetwood
Designer: Harley Earl

Engine Num: 5100040

Mr. Thomas H.W. Stonborough placed an order for a new 1934 Cadillac V-16 through the New York Cadillac agency. Specified with Fleetwood style number 5780, the V-16 was completed as a five-passenger convertible sedan with a Vee'd windscreen and divide....[continue reading]

Convertible Coupe (Modified V Windshield) by Fleetwood
 
Convertible Sedan w/Divider (Modified V Windshield) by Fleetwood
 
Aerodynamic Coupe (Modified V Windshield) by Fleetwood
Chassis #: 5100034 
Convertible Coupe (Modified V Windshield) by Fleetwood
 
Convertible Sedan w/Divider (Modified V Windshield) by Fleetwood
 
Custom Roadster
 
Convertible Sedan w/Divider (Modified V Windshield) by Fleetwood
 

Related Reading : Cadillac Series 452/90 History

Henry Martin Leland and his son Wilfred were partly responsible with making Cadillac one of the finest of all American Automobiles. Henry was renowned for his precision engineering and for standardizing manufacturing. He helped make Cadillac into one of the finest of all American Automobiles. Later, he founded Lincoln. Even after the Lelands departed from Cadillac, the marque remained a top-of-the-line....
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