1. 1938 Cadillac V-16 Town Sedan

  2. 1938 Cadillac V-16 Town Sedan

  3. 1938 Cadillac V-16 Town Sedan

  4. 1938 Cadillac V-16 Town Sedan

  5. 1938 Cadillac V-16 Town Sedan

  6. 1938 Cadillac V-16 Town Sedan

  7. 1938 Cadillac V-16 Town Sedan

  8. 1938 Cadillac V-16 Town Sedan

  9. 1938 Cadillac V-16 Town Sedan

  10. 1938 Cadillac V-16 Town Sedan

  11. 1938 Cadillac V-16 Town Sedan

Lot Number
77
Body by Fleetwood
1938 Cadillac V-16 Town Sedan
Scottsdale Auction

ESTIMATE: $125,000 - $150,000
CHASSIS NO: 5270283
• One of only 302 V-16s and one of just 20 Town Sedans for 1938
• Complete body-off frame; driven sparingly since
• Rebuilt, numbers-matching engine
• CCCA Full Classic®

431 cid L-head V-16 engine, 185 HP, three-speed selective synchromesh manual transmission, independent front suspension with coil-spring suspension, semi-floating rear axle, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 141”


In the decade of the 1930s, one’s place in society could be determined by simply counting the number of cylinders in their motorcar. There were several multi-cylinder cars to choose from in the classic era of the 1930s as Packard and Lincoln both had V-12s and Marmon had a V-16. Not to be left out was Cadillac, who introduced their V-16 in 1930. Steady refinement of the big V-16 meant that as the decade came to a close, Cadillac’s masterpiece had become an engineering marvel as well as a work of art. Redundancy was also the order-of-the-day with twin carburetion, twin fuel pumps, twin distributors, twin water pumps, and even a nine main bearing crankshaft. The result of this extraordinary engineering was an engine that was absolutely silent at idle and turbine smooth in operation. Cadillac built their V-16 only from 1930 to 1940, but in that time the V-16 reigned supreme as the ultimate engine for society’s elite.

Offered here to the discriminating collector of fine motorcars is this stunning 1938 Cadillac Town Sedan that makes a dramatic statement parked in front of the country club and on the open road. Riding on a huge 141-inch wheelbase, this is a car that speaks directly to the grand and opulent era of the 1930s. Starting from a solid car, this Cadillac was taken to Black Knight Restoration in Houston, Texas in 2008 and was completely disassembled and put back together as per Cadillac factory specifications. Nothing was overlooked in bringing this V-16 back to life. Meticulous detail was the hallmark of this car’s comprehensive restoration as all components received attention. The frame was powder coated for durability, the exhaust, brakes, and brake lines were all replaced, making for a highly detailed undercarriage. The electrical system was also upgraded with two batteries; a six-volt unit under the front passenger seat takes care of the lights while a 12-volt unit sits under the hood and is dedicated to the starter alone making starting the big V-16 a breeze. The exterior is finished in Cadillac’s Fairhaven Blue and it shines like new in all areas. Dual side-mounted spare tires are enclosed for a classy appearance and a set of three Art Deco inspired chevrons grace both of the front and rear fenders. Center open “suicide doors” complete its formal appearance and the large “winged goddess” hood ornament points the way. A large chrome front bumper holds twin fog lamps and the bullet shape headlights add a stylish touch. The real indicator of this car’s power and prestige is found on the grille with the elegantly styled V-16 emblem that tells the world that this is Cadillac’s best. The mighty V-16 in this car has been completely rebuilt and is a marvel of engineering with its smooth and quiet operation. The interior is everything one would expect from a car that could serve royalty with fine carpeting, foot rests, and a table that folds down from the rear of the front seat. Armchair ashtrays are located on both sides while a center armrest adds ever more comfort. A large and comfortable front bench seat has room for three and an elegantly styled dashboard is of fine Art Deco design.

Very few luxury cars have been able to sustain their place in the competitive luxury car market but, for over 100 years, Cadillac has done just that. By building opulent cars that defined classic elegance, the Cadillac name has managed to survive. The chance to own one of Cadillac’s most prestigious motorcars is rare indeed and this is a car that would be a welcome addition to any concours show field.

1938 Cadillac V-16 Town Sedan
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