CHASSIS NO: B388
• One of Cadillacís most innovative early cars
• Well-optioned, seven-passenger phaeton
• Very well-preserved museum car
• Only 46,927 original miles
314.5 cid V-8 side-valve engine, 83 HP, single up-draught carburetor, three-speed manual transmission, semi-elliptic front and rear springs with live rear axle, four-wheel mechanical drum brakes, wood spoke wheels; wheelbase: 134.25Ē
Introduced in September of 1923, the Cadillac V-63 replaced the Type 61, marking a pivotal moment in the companyís history. For starters, Cadillacís L-head V-8 engine saw its first redesign in 10 years. The 90-degree crankshaft was now counter-balanced, minimizing vibrations and resulting in a car that ran astoundingly smooth. This process required intense mathematical analysis and a complete reconfiguration of the engineís firing order. The weight of the flywheel was also reduced. The smoother running engine also meant that there was no further need for time consuming routine chain adjustments. The V-63 also saw the addition of mechanical brakes on all four wheels. Cadillac opted out of making any radical styling changes, and the V-63 body greatly resembled the earlier Type 61 with just a few exceptions. The ventilator door was set flush within the cowl, and all-nickel bowl-shaped headlamps replaced the bell-shaped ones. A longer hood, increased radiator height, and softened rear quarter and roof lines counted as other subtle updates for the V-63.
This 1924 Cadillac V-63, offered from The Roaring Twenties Museum Collection is bound to be a contender for the Preservation Class at any event. Capable of carrying seven adults at 55 miles per hour, this Seven-Passenger Phaeton averages around 12-14 miles per gallon. The black paint still maintains its luster, especially when contrasted against the 12 spoke wood wheels and wide whitewall tires. As one would expect, this Cadillac is heavily accessorized, even for 1924. Featured on this V-63 are a rear passenger footrest, two jump seats, a battery box, and even a toolbox. Cadillac also included a multipurpose air pump which can be used to either inflate tires or pressurize the fuel tank, which means no downshifting is required when driving up long inclines. The interior, which gained more cabin space in 1924, displays beautifully whether the soft top is up or down. The dash panel includes a clock, speedometer, odometer, trip meter, fuel gauge, and even a lever which pushes the headlight lenses down, a type of precursor to high and low beams. Looking under the bonnet will reveal the L-head V-8 engine. Equipped with priming pumps, take special notice of the fact that this engine does not have any belts, which were viewed by Cadillacís engineers as gaudy and low class. A truly beautiful Seven-Passenger Phaeton like this V-63 does not come across the auction block very often, so donít miss out on the chance to own one today.