2022 | Pebble Beach Auctions
1931 Cadillac Series 452A V-16 Roadster
From The Tony Vincent Estate Collection
Coachwork by In the Style of Fleetwood
$275,000 - $350,000
The Pinnacle of Cadillac Engineering Excellence
Attractive New Roadster-Style Coachwork
AACA National First Place Winner
Attractive Color Combination with Numerous Accessories
Eligible for CCCA and Cadillac & LaSalle Club Touring Opportunities
Poised and Powerful Motoring, Top Up or Down
452 CID OHV 45º V-16 Engine
Twin Updraft Cadillac Single-Throat Carburetors
175 BHP at 3,400 RPM
3-Speed Manual Gearbox
4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes with Vacuum Booster
Front Solid-Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Rear Live-Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Few automobiles are identified simply by their engine, but one of the most recognized is the Cadillac V-16. The early, narrow-angle 16-cylinder engine was an engineering marvel, and its power and smoothness were complemented by a wide range of custom coachwork options, selected to best match the owner’s personal preference. Most sporting among the 30-plus body styles catalogued was the roadster designed by Fleetwood, in the style of the 1931 example offered here.
This car began life as a five-passenger sedan. The Fleetwood-style coachwork incorporates traditional roadster elements, including a fold-down windshield, a top that folds nearly flush with the body, and a rumble-seat compartment providing occasional seating for two. The body is finished in a beautiful, dark-red tone with a matching canvas top and contrasting tan leather upholstery. Whitewall tires paired with painted wire wheels with chrome spokes lend a sporty air to the presentation. This Roadster is well accessorized with a grill stone guard, metal side mount covers with mirrors, wind wings, Pilot-Ray driving lights, and the Cadillac goddess hood ornament. The quality of the craftsmanship was recognized with a 2004 AACA National First Place award, and it has since benefited from a new top and upholstery under its current ownership. Well crafted and paired with one of the most powerful engines of its time, this V-16 offers its next owner both graceful show and effortless touring opportunities.
*Please note that this vehicle is titled by its engine number.