More Cadillac V-16s Lost and Found

67 New Histories

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About the Book

In 1930, Cadillac rolled out a line of new cars of unsurpassed elegance and craftsmanship that would launch the company into the top tier of luxury carmakers. While competitors produced models with eight or twelve-cylinder engines, Cadillac offered the smooth, powerful performance of a V-16. Over the next 11 years, each of the more than 4000 V-16s was as close to hand-made as a commercial auto manufacturer could come. Their drivers included statesmen, celebrities, businessmen and, sometimes, well-heeled ne’er-do-wells. Many of the cars survived wartime scrap drives, obsolescence, lack of replacement parts, neglect and the elements. This follow-up volume to Cadillac V-16s Lost and Found (2014) documents the individual stories of 67 more of these magnificent machines.

About the Author(s)

Classic automobile lover Christopher W. Cummings is an attorney. He lives in Manassas, Virginia.

Bibliographic Details

Christopher W. Cummings
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 288
Bibliographic Info: 198 photos (24 in color), notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8106-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4103-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Background 3
1. One of the Very First 7
2. Cadillac Odyssey 13
3. A Swiss Fire Chief’s Car 19
4. A YouTube Star 23
5. A Roadster Rebuilt from Rust 26
6. Allan Singer’s Limousine 31
7. The Maharajah’s Speedster 36
8. A Convertible Coupe from the Case Collection 42
9. Graduation Gift 45
10. Restaurant Rendezvous 48
11. A Buffalo Businessman’s Convertible Coupe 51
12. Eleanor 55
13. In the Little Town of Dumfries 59
14. A Dressed Up Limousine 62
15. Poster Girl for a New Car Club 67
16. A Roadster with the Heart of a Madame X 70
17. The Groundskeeper 73
18. Company Car 76
19. Golf Cart 78
20. Hawkeye’s X’s 80
21. Survivor of the War in the Pacific 84
22. ­Jazz-Age Jalopy 88
23. Mr. Uppercu’s Personal Roadster 91
24. A Performance Coupe 96
25. Criss Goad’s Sedan Cabriolet 101
26. Dayton Card’s Diverted Convertible Coupe 106
27. Richard Ancerewicz’s Car 110
28. Monumental Mystery 113
29. The Moir Family’s Roadster 115
30. Repurposed, Relinquished and Rescued 117
31. Hopalong Cassidy’s ­All-Weather Phaeton? 121
32. A Cadillac “Woodie” Convertible 125
33. The London Landaulette 129
34. Simple Sedan 133
35. Tragedy on the Test Track 137
36. Reload, ­Re-Use, Recycle 140
37. Old Yeller 145
38. Blue Boy 147
Between pages 150 and 151 are 12 color plates containing 24 photographs
39. Papa Tino’s Coche 151
40. An ­Ex-Pat Returns 155
41. Roadster Number 73 158
42. A Custom Coach Fit for a Prince 162
43. The Fire Wagon 169
44. A Lucky 1932 Survivor 172
45. Hubert Dalton’s Limousine Brougham 176
46. A Sleek 1932 Convertible Coupe 179
47. Model for a ­Die-Cast Model 183
48. A Special Sedan for an Opera Singer 188
49. Executive Privilege 194
50. An Oil Man’s Family Car 197
51. A Playboy’s Convertible Victoria 202
52. He Drove a Cadillac ­V-16 207
53. Vice Presidential Limousine 211
54. A Tale of Two Cars 215
55. New Life Out of the Ashes 219
56. Realizing What Never Was 223
57. The Pirate 228
58. A Parts Car Too Good to Use 232
59. The Ambassador’s Carriage 236
60. The Fixer’s Formal Limousine 239
61. A Formal Town Sedan 243
62. Mr. Wrigley’s Limousine 248
63. For the Governor of Texas 252
64. A Thoroughbred for a Breeder of Champions 255
65. Lazarus 258
66. The Roebling Cadillac 262
67. The Derham Coupe 267
Bibliography 273
Index 277