1931 Cadillac Fleetwood V16


In 1930, Cadillac became the first domestic car manufacturer to release a production model version of a V16 automobile. Producing an astronomically-high (for the time) 165 horsepower, the Cadillac V16 model was available in 10 basic body styles, and nearly limitless color options. Dripping with style and luxury, this model recalls a time when customers could put their personal mark on nearly every detail of their automobile. Body construction was carried out by coachbuilders and a wood frame supported the metal body. Unfortunately for this Cadillac, the 1929 stock market crash had diminished its consumer base, and as a result, not many people could afford the $6500 price tag. This particular example of a 1931 Cadillac V16 can hit speeds over 80 mph, and was donated to the GM Heritage Center collection by its original owner, Augusta Little.

Images and words courtesy of the GM Heritage Center

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