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,
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
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