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Lot Number
54
From The Jimmie Taylor Collection; Body by Fleetwood
1930 Cadillac V-16 Imperial Limousine
The Auburn Auction

Offered Without Reserve

CHASSIS NO: 700859
• Impressive first-year example of Cadillac’s landmark V-16
• Offered from nearly 13 years’ sole ownership by Jimmie Taylor
• Lion Award winner, 2002 Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance
• Striking two-tone exterior and luxurious interior appointments
• One of the finest Classic Era engineering and stylistic achievements
• CCCA Full Classic® recognition; eligible for a multitude of classic events

Model 452, Fleetwood Body Style 4375. 452 cid OHV V-16 engine, 175 HP, three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and hydraulic dampers, ¾-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel vacuum-assisted mechanical drum brakes; wheelbase: 148"


On January 4, 1930, Cadillac stunned the world at the New York Auto Show with the introduction of its breathtaking new V-16 and in one decisive stroke, took dominance of America’s luxury-car market. While Bugatti had already produced a 16-cylinder engine by pairing two inline eight-cylinder units together, Cadillac’s was the first true 16-cylinder automobile engine designed and purpose-built from scratch.

This majestic 1930 Cadillac V-16 is numbered 700859 and it carries Fleetwood’s Body Style 4375 Formal Inside-Drive Limousine body with a crank-down Imperial glass division window and two forward-facing opera seats, making the Cadillac capable of accommodating up to seven occupants in serene comfort with the confidence and available power only Cadillac’s mighty V-16 engine and robust 148-inch wheelbase chassis could possibly deliver, including top speeds of well over 100, and up to, 120 miles per hour. A total of 438 of these cars were built with a list price of $6,525 – a considerable sum to match this vehicle’s 6,020-pound basic weight. Known history dates back to the mid-1970s, with the V-16 understood to have remained under long-term, single-collector ownership until around the year 2000. Circa 1990, a restoration was performed on the V-16.

The next owner of 700859 was Mickey Moulder, the noted classic car collector from the Windsor, Ontario area in Canada, who purchased the V-16 during October, 2001. Following acquisition, Mr. Moulder performed much detail and mechanical work and during the process, he found evidence of firearm damage that was suffered by the car at some point during its earlier lifetime. In fact, Mr. Moulder recently related that he counted seven bullet holes located just over the driver’s door and four more over the front-passenger door, with all 11 of the holes in line with one another and consecutive in pattern, suggesting the Cadillac had received some automatic-rifle fire in its past. While early ownership cannot be confirmed at this point, it is not hard to imagine one possible use for this V-16 during the early 1930s, given its power, sizable passenger compartment, and heavy construction. Once his sorting work was complete, Mr. Moulder went on to show 700859 at the 2002 Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, where the car earned the Lion Award. It was also depicted in coverage of the event for the February 2003 issue of Cars and Parts magazine. In late September 2002, Mr. Moulder sold the V-16 to Jimmie Taylor, and it formed a significant part of his well-respected museum collection.

Featuring wonderful silver and black two-tone livery, 700859 is a fine example of the early Cadillac V-16 with an enduring paint finish, which does exhibit some age-appropriate surface issues upon close inspection, while remaining very nice overall. Accents are many, including excellent brightwork and painted wire-spoke wheels with chrome wheel rims and hubcaps mounting period-style wide whitewall tires. Other exterior highlights include twin ‘Tiltray’ headlamps, twin Trippe Speedlights, dual horns, a chrome-mesh grille guard, and striking “Goddess” radiator mascot. Twin side-mounted spares heighten the vehicle’s elegant profile and mount Cadillac-scripted chrome side-view mirrors. At the rear of the car are twin taillights and a rack-mounted luggage trunk. The chauffeur’s compartment includes useful instruments in a central dash cluster, with smart engine-turned panels at either side. Inside the rear passenger compartment are grey cloth upholstery and matching carpeting, two forward-facing folding occasional seats, wooden door cappings and trim, a Fleetwood-scripted Jaeger 8-day clock, twin bud vase holders, an umbrella holder, and a folding central armrest. External courtesy lights and a dome light inside the rear passenger compartment are welcome additional luxury amenities. Underneath the long hood with striking vertical cooling louvers is found the V-16 powerplant, which is tidy and nicely presented overall. Documents with the V-16 include starting instructions, copies of Cadillac maintenance and shop manuals, and display items.
A fitting exemplar of Cadillac’s famous “Standard of the World” marketing campaign of the era, this 1930 Cadillac V-16 Fleetwood Imperial Limousine benefits handsomely from proper care and attentive owners who have preserved it for future generations to appreciate and enjoy the presence and prestige of the mighty V16 . As such, it stands proudly as a CCCA Full Classic® automobile and a true crowning achievement of the celebrated Classic Era.

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