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The best Cadillacs of all time

The best Cadillacs of all time

When Cadillac dropped the Cadillac V16 in 1930, it was expensive, exclusive, made to order and equipped with the first V16 engine in the US. It was designed to be more powerful and smoother than any car, and Cadillac delivered. The auto press loved it, the public loved it, and the people who could afford it loved it. It was a defining moment for Cadillac as a luxury brand, but the timing was terrible. Plans for the new car had begun in 1926, but it didn’t come until a year after the Wall Street crash of 1929. That meant Cadillac announced America’s most expensive car, just in time for The Great Depression. By April 1930, Cadillac had built 2,000 V16s to order, but then sales fell off a cliff. Only 54 were built in October. The photos below are a 1930 Cadillac V16 Sport Phaeton with Fleetwood bodywork.

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