1930 Cadillac V16 Roadster


Name: Cadillac V16 Roadster

Year Produced: 1930-1931

Number Built: 110

Class: Luxury Car

Body Type: 2-door convertible

Engine: V16 at 45 degrees

Power: 5 kw / 175 bhp

RPM: 3,400

0-60mph: 24 seconds

Top Speed: 100 mph

Transmission: 3-speed manual

Length/width/height: 225.6 in/74.4 in

Wheelbase: 148 in

Auction Estimate: US$280,000 to US$320,000

Selling Price: US$250,000

*Check out this stunning “Cadillac Chrome Logo and Name on Chrome License Plate*

A fresh restoration of a very rare Cadillac roadster. Owner and restorer Al Giddings is a noted underwater cinematographer. After retiring from his movie and documentary making career (The Titanic, The Abyss, The Deep, etc.), he took up automobile restoration and has restored a number of fine automobiles. In an interview with David Jay at ktqv.com, Giddings shared his feelings about his most recent restoration project. The car in the spotlight of the Burn The Point Weekend in Billings is a 1930 Cadillac V16. When its his turn to flaunt at the car show, Giddings could help but to be all smiles as he turn on the keys and hear the Caddie’s engine roar. In his commentary about the car’s engine, Giddings said, “Each valve has a silencer. A small little piston that is flooded with oil and has a return spring under the lifters and took all the clatter out of a pop it valve engine.”

This Roadster is not just for show. In fact, Giddings already received several awards from the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) for his outstanding commitment in the discipline of car restoration. Hopefully, the V16 will also make it in the cut once full restoration is achieved. Furthermore, what makes the V16 more unique is the fact that it is highly uncommon. According to Giddings, his Caddie is 1 out of 11 that still remains today. At the end of its production life in 1931, only 110 were eventually built.

There are still considerable number of work hours that needs to be done before the desired restoration is achieved. According to Giddings, “The car has 7.,000 hours at this point. I think it will probably see 8,000 before it’s at Pebble Beach next August. This Cadillac is certainly a Pebble Beach contender but to present a hundred point car, there can’t be a chip, there can’t be a mark. A Phillips screw would be a laugh because they didn’t make Phillips screws in those days.”

*Check out this stunning “Cadillac Chrome Logo and Name on Chrome License Plate*

Watch the video below to see how beautifully this 1930 Cadillac V16 Roadster dominated and burned at Billings.

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