1932 Cadillac 370B V12

History

In 1927, the Art and Color department was formed at General Motors with Harley Earl as its leader. For the next fifteen-years, the styling and engineering leadership would keep the Cadillac marque at the top of the fine-car market. Cadillac shocked the world in 1930 with the introduction of its sixteen-cylinder model and sent its competitors scrambling to keep to pace. The hits kept on coming; in 1931 Cadillac introduced a V12 model that retained many of the luxury amenities found in the sixteen-cylinder version, but had a lower price tag.

In 1932, the models were longer and lower and incorporated several stylistic and technical changes and improvements. This would also be the final year for the classic Cadillac styling spear-headed by its tombstone radiators and clamshell fenders. The bodies featured curved running boards which blended in with the front and rear fenders. There was a vacuum-operated automatic clutch and two-way hydraulic shock absorbers which were controlled from the driver's seat. The synchromesh transmission used silent helical gears in all three forward speeds and there were mechanical fuel pumps and Detroit Lubricator carburetors.

Visually, the eight and twelve-cylinder cars were nearly identical with the most distinguishable feature being the radiator badge or hubcap inserts which gave clues to which model was the 12.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2008
With nearly identical overall styling and appearance to the V-8 except for the emblems, the Cadillac 370B was introduced in 1932.

Nearly all of the features were very similar to the 370-A.

With an engine that was basically identical, the fuel feed changed to mechanical from vacuum tank.

A new Cuno disc type self-cleaning oil filter was also mounted at the right hand side of clutch housing and as connected to a starter pedal that rotated disc each time the pedal was depressed.

After nearly twenty years of Cadillac utilizing a Cadillac-Johnson carburetor, the new Detroit Lubricator dual carburetor was featured.

Much of the mechanical features were only slightly differentiated. The increase of power and weight are examples of the improved gear ratios, tire sizes, battery/generator capacity and vacuum assist on brakes.

The dual exhaust system now had tuning chambers in mufflers instead of attachments to the tail pipes. Now the dual ignition coils could be found mounted in the top tank of the radiator.

By Jessica Donaldson

1932 Vehicle Profiles

1932 Cadillac 370B V12 vehicle information

Fisher-Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Fisher

Chassis Num: 1301674

This 1932 Cadillac V12 had a Dual Cowl Sport Phaeton body with coachwork by Fisher. It rides on a 140-inch wheelbase and was originally offered by the factory at a price of $3,945. This example was restored in the 1990s and still shows well in mode....[continue reading]

1932 Cadillac 370B V12 vehicle information

Fisher-Sedan
Coachwork: Fisher

Built at the height of the Depression as the 'new interpretation of the 'Standard of the World,'' this car's new refinements offered 'beauty, performance, reliability, silence, comfort, easy of handling, and safety.' Since January of 2007, this rare....[continue reading]

1932 Cadillac 370B V12 vehicle information

Fleetwood-Sedan
Coachwork: Fleetwood

Chassis Num: 1300241

The carburetors for the 1932 Cadillac V-12 engine were now supplied by Detroit Lubricator, and were supplied with fuel by a positive displacement pump rather than a vacuum tank. To protect the engine, a self-cleaning oil filter actuated by the vacuu....[continue reading]

1932 Cadillac 370B V12 vehicle information

Fisher-Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Fisher

From its earliest days Cadillac's tag line was 'Standard of the World,' and this Sport Phaeton, one of only three survivors of 13 built, exemplifies that mantra. Barrett-Jackson called this particular 12-cylinder car 'one of the finest examples in th....[continue reading]

1932 Cadillac 370B V12 vehicle information

Fisher-Imperial Sedan
Coachwork: Fisher

Engine Num: 1301292

The Cadillac V-12 was essentially a 'sixteen' with four fewer cylinders. The engine offered 136 brake horsepower and 28 pound-feet of torque and installed in what was essentially a Cadillac V-8 platform. Built from 1931 through 1937, they were availa....[continue reading]

Fisher-Sport Phaeton by Fisher
Chassis #: 1301674 
Fisher-Sedan by Fisher
 
Fleetwood-Sedan by Fleetwood
Chassis #: 1300241 
Fisher-Sport Phaeton by Fisher
 
Fisher-Imperial Sedan by Fisher
 


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$2-$3,495
1932 370B V12
$4,995-$8,125
1932 Cadillac 370B V12 Price Range: $3,495 - $4,995

$2,795 - $4,245
$4,495 - $5,945

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Cadillac
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)14,164
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)12,913
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)6,655
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)4,740
1931Chevrolet (619,554)Ford (615,455)Buick (138,965)16,813
1930Ford (1,140,710)Chevrolet (640,980)Buick (181,743)13,892
1929Ford (1,507,132)Chevrolet (1,328,605)Buick (196,104)18,103
1928Chevrolet (1,193,212)Ford (607,592)Willys Knight (231,360)20,001
1927Chevrolet (1,001,820)Ford (367,213)Buick (255,160)8,599

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