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Cadillac Fleetwood

a glittery gas-guzzler for the Gatsby set

In 1930, Cadillac joined two straight eights on a common crankshaft to create a status symbol for the very rich, a V-16 that got a "whopping" 5-6 miles to the gallon on the highway while cruising at a top speed of 90 miles per hour. There were 33 Fleetwood models, ranging from a $5,350 rumbleseat roadster to a $9,700 Town Brougham. The richest of the rich proved to be in very short supply after the Stock Market Crash and only 3,251 V-16 Fleetwoods were ever made.

Wheelbase 149 in.
Weight 5,675 lbs.
Engine overhead valve, Vee-block, sixteen cylinders
Displacement 452 cu. in.
Horsepower Rating 165-185 @ 3,400 R.P.M.
Bore 3 in.
Stroke 4 in.

1930 Cadillac 452A Fleetwood 4-Door Phaeton
1930 Cadillac 452A Fleetwood 4-Door Phaeton

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