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For Sale: 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster, One of the finest examples in existence.

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This 1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Roadster is likely to be one of the finest in existence. It is an early car with engine number 701056 and body number 29. It retains all of the early features not seen in the later 1930 and 1931 cars such as the lack of cowl vent and the early dash assembly.

    The original owner was William C. Bryant who lived on Jefferson Avenue in Detroit. Mr. Bryant picked up his new roadster at Cadillac’s Detroit Assembly Plant. The car retains its original delivery tag attached to the firewall with Mr. Bryant’s name-a feature that was common on V-16s that were sold directly by the factory and not by a dealership. The second owner was Wilbur Sanders, also from Detroit who purchased the car in the 1950s. Sanders sold the car to Richard Sahlin in the 1980s. When Sahlin purchased the roadster it was an extremely low mileage original car that had never been restored or disassembled. Sahlin commissioned Bryan Joseph to complete the first restoration, which was completed in about 1990. The car was judged by the CCCA during 1990 and 1991 seasons and awarded a Senior Badge. It was also a class winner at the 1991 Meadowbrook Concours.

    The car was privately sold during in the early 1990s and became part of the prestigious collection of Dr. Joseph Murphy of Pennsylvania. During his ownership, the car was featured in his book “In Search of Excellence: The Dr. Murphy Automobile Collection” by Dennis Adler. Murphy sold #701056 to a private collector on the west coast. The car was kept in private storage during this period with the exception of being on loan to the Peterson Museum for a short period of time and exhibited at the 1998 Pebble Beach Concours. The current owner privately acquired the V-16 about five years ago and began a re-restoration which included a new black leather interior, new black top, new paint and a complete mechanical servicing by V-16 Cadillac experts Jeff Pearson and Sonny Elliot.

    Based on the original build sheet, this car retains all of its original, numbers matching components that were originally supplied with the car when it was built. The car retains its original Fleetwood tag as well as all of its original body wood which has been preserved in exceptional condition and is all clearly marked with the number “29”.

    The original engine, number 701056, has been recently serviced and is in excellent running condition. It has been properly and accurately detailed to show condition. The chassis shows virtually no signs of wear and is also properly restored to show standards. All of the components on the vehicle today are original to the car and match the numbers specified on the original build sheet.

   The car was refinished in its original colors as specified on the build sheet. The paint is in like new condition throughout.

   The black leather interior and rumble seat are like new having been replaced just two years ago by Mark Larder. Dan Kirkpatrick created a new, properly fitted top with correct side curtains that were copied from originals.

   It is believed that there are less than 10 surviving, authentic 1930-31 V-16 roadsters in existence today. Marque experts believe that #701056 is likely to be one of the best examples. The car was used as the model for Danbury Mint’s, well-known, die-cast 1930 Cadillac V-16 roadster model. It has been featured in the books “Sixteen Cylinder Motorcars” by Roy Schneider and Walter Mc Calls “80 Years of Cadillac and La Salle.”

    Since its re-restoration was completed, this vehicle has never been shown or publicly exhibited. It offers its next owner the opportunity to debut this important roadster at any of the nations leading concours d’elegances. This significant V-16 has never been sold or offered at auction and has never been publicly for sale. Like most important motorcars, it has only traded hands privately amongst very astute and well-educated collectors. Very few cars available today match these important criteria. This important automobile has it all: desirability, authenticity, an unbroken ownership chain from 1930 to present, as well as a fresh and correct restoration.

   A rare opportunity to purchase an extremely significant and completely proper 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster. Offered at 1,495,000.00 or near offers.

   For more information, please call 734-730-4274 or email:

Thank you. Authorized agent for the owner. Ann Arbor, MI.













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