1930 Cadillac Series 353

The Cadillac Company was founded in 1902 after Henry Ford left his self-named company after a dispute with his investors. With engineering guidance from Henry M. Leland, Cadillac quickly became a world-class luxury-car manufacturer. By the close of the 1920s, Cadillac had become a subsidiary of General Motors and part of their continued success was due to the 353 cubic-inch, overhead-valve, flathead V8.

In 1915, Cadillac first introduced its V8 engine, designated as the Series 51. The engine performed so well that it remained relatively unchanged in its lineup until 1928. When the motor was finally updated and altered for 1928, the changes were subtle. The displacement capacity was increased and the new Cadillac received styling penned by Harley Earl. The European influenced designs were done with a similar flair that had been performed with the LaSalle brand. Each subsequent year, Earl's subtle design changes refined the styling, keeping them modern and at the forefront of styling trends.

The Cadillac Motor Division of General Motors introduced its sixteen cylinder automobile in 1930, just a few months prior to the start of the Great Depression. The increase in cylinders, performance, and luxury brought the 'cylinder wars' to even greater heights and the Cadillac Company as the engineering leader of the American automobile industry. It was the V-8 Cadillac, however, that continued to be the company's bread-and-butter and earned the division its reputation as 'The Standard of the World.'

The early Cadillac V-8 engines suffered from the same period of vibration in the standard operating range as typical 4-cylinder powerplants. This was tolerable as long as open cars remained the industry standard, but the growing popularity for closed cars necessitated a solution, as the vibration was amplified through the cabin. GM's engineering genius Charles Kettering and his team were tasked with solving the problem. Their solution was a four-plane crankshaft, which placed opposing piston pairs at 90-degree intervals, effectively balancing the engine as four V-twins rather than two inline-4s. This solution made the V8 engine perfectly balanced and whisper quiet.

In 1929, improvements to the 353 cubic-inch V8 engine brought horsepower to 95 bhp. Other improvements included Delco double-acting shock absorbers, improved brakes, and safety glass. The new 'Synchro-Mesh' transmission was arguably the most advanced innovation to grace the V8 Cadillac.

The L-Head V8 engine offered 90 horsepower and was mated to a new 'clashless' 3-speed transmission with a three-quarter floating rear axle, which allowed for seamless shifting. A bewildering number of available coachwork rested on the long, 140-inch chassis. Cadillac 353s could be ordered in more than 50 different body styles, including seven standard closed-coupe variations offered by Fisher Custom. An additional 11 basic body options were offered by Fleetwood Special Custom.


by Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2020

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The Cadillac Eight, produced from 1930 through 1935 displaced 353 cubic-inches and was based on the 341 cubic-inch L-head unit introduced in 1928. There were 11,005 examples produced in 1930, 10,709 the following year. 2,693 examples were produced in 1932 and 2,906 the following year. 5,080 were built in 1934 and 3,209 in 1935. There were seven closed Fisher bodies and eleven basic bodies by....
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1930 Cadillac Series 353 vehicle information

Sport Phaeton
Coachwork: Fleetwood

The year 1930 was pivotal for the Cadillac Motor Division of General Motors. Although the company introduced a new 16-cylinder motorcar, its venerable V-8 was still the mainstay.....[continue reading]

1930 Cadillac Series 353 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Fisher

Chassis Num: 508076

For 1930, Cadillac offered the Model 353 in seven closed Fisher Custom bodies, including the Convertible Coupe. The Fleetwood catalog had eleven basic bodies in many different variations, which totaled nearly 40 different choices. This vast lineup ....[continue reading]

1930 Cadillac Series 353 vehicle information

Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Fisher

The 353 Series Cadillacs were designed by General Motors new design chief Harley Earl, who went on to become a legendary American designer. Thanks to the new designs, Cadillac sales figures for 1929 were nearly double those of 1928. ....[continue reading]

1930 Cadillac Series 353 vehicle information

Fleetwood Roadster
Coachwork: Fleetwood

Chassis Num: 504115

This car was ordered by Uppercu Cadillac Company on July 30th of 1929 and delivered on October 17th, 1929 to the Brooklyn New York dealership. The car was sold new to a dentist in New Jersey. Known ownership in history from new. The car has never bee....[continue reading]

1930 Cadillac Series 353 vehicle information

Three Position Double Cabriolet
Coachwork: Kellner

Chassis Num: 500195

1930 was a pivotal year for the Cadillac Motor Division of General Motors. While the company introduced a new 16-cylinder motorcar, its venerable V-8 was still its mainstay. The Series 353 Cadillacs were designed by General Motors' new design chief H....[continue reading]

Sport Phaeton by Fleetwood
 
Convertible Coupe by Fisher
Chassis #: 508076 
Convertible Coupe by Fisher
 
Fleetwood Roadster by Fleetwood
Chassis #: 504115 
Three Position Double Cabriolet by Kellner
Chassis #: 500195 


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$0-$3,295
1930 Series 353
$5,945-$19,000
1930 Cadillac Series 353 Price Range: $3,295 - $5,945

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Cadillac
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
1926Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (547,724)Buick (266,753)27,771
1925Ford (1,669,847)Chevrolet (306,479)Dodge (201,000)

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