V16 Cadillac Models & History 1932

16-CYLINDER 452-B

 

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1932 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton

Stylingand appearance of the V-16 Model 452-B was the same as the V-8 and V-12 except for emblems and longer hood with seven ports. A few Fleetwood body styles had an 18 degree rather than the typical 12 degree windshield. Some body styles achieved the ultimate proportions — radiator over front axle, windshield mid-way between the axles, and all seating between the axles.

With the longer wheelbase and more power and weight, some mechanical details were beefed up versions of the V-8 and V-12 designs (254mm deep frame, heavier axles, 18″ rims, 279mm clutch, 406mm brake drums, different gear ratios, greater battery/generator capacity).

The engine remained basically the same as in 1930-31. As on the V-12, carburetors were changed to Detroit Lubricator, and the oil filter was changed to Cuno. Fuel feed was by mechanical pump. Intake silencers with filter took the place of the vacuum tanks on the dash. In a departure from the smooth, uncluttered look of the earlier V-16, the spark plug wires sprouted from the top of the distributor cap. A more efficient and dependable design, but a real compromise in appearance.

I. D. DATA

  • Serial numbers were not used.
  • Engine numbers were stamped on the right hand side of the crankcase on the generator drive chain housing.
  • Starting: 1400001. Ending: 1400300

STYLE

Fisher 143″ wheelbase
Job number Doors Style Seating Price Weight
32-16-155 2-door Roadster 2/4 $4595 2302 kg
32-16-178 2-door Coupe 2/4 $4495 2514 kg
32-16-168 2-door Convertible Coupe 2/4 $4645 2502 kg
32-16-159 4-door Standard Sedan 5 $4595 2557 kg

STYLE

Fisher 149″ wheelbase
Job number Doors Style Seating Price Weight
32-16-256 4-door Standard Phaeton 5 $4695 2455 kg
32-16-280 4-door Special Phaeton 5 $4795 2477 kg
32-16-273 4-door All Weather Phaeton 5 $4195 2511 kg
32-16-279 4-door Sport Phaeton 5 $4945 2500 kg
32-16-252 4-door Town Sedan 5
32-16-259 4-door Special Sedan 5
32-16-262 4-door Sedan 7
32-16-263 4-door Imperial Sedan 7
32-16-272 2-door Coupe 5

STYLE

Fleetwood 149″ wheelbase
Style number Doors Style Seating Price Weight
5130-S 4-door Sedan 5 $5095 2607 kg
5175-S 4-door Sedan 7 $5245 2666 kg
5175 4-door Limousine 7 $5445 2684 kg
5181 2-door Town Coupe 5 $5095 2548 kg
5112 4-door Town Cabriolet 5/7 $5795 2625 kg
5191 4-door Limousine Brougham 7 $5945 2698 kg
5125 4-door Town Cabriolet 7 $4945 2698 kg

STYLE

Fleetwood 149″ Wheelbase Special
Style number Doors Style Seating Price Weight
5112-C 4-door Collapsible Town Cabriolet 5/7
5120 4-door Transformable Town Cabriolet 7
5125 4-door Transformable Town Cabriolet 7
5125-C 4-door Collapsible Transformable Town Cabriolet 7
5125-Q 4-door Transformable Cabriolet 7
5129 4-door Imperial 5
5130-FL 4-door Imperial Cabriolet 5
5130-SFL 4-door Sedan Cabriolet 5
5131 4-door Imperial Sedan 5
5131-S 4-door Sedan 5
5140-B Special Sedan 5
5155 4-door Imperial Sedan 5
5155-C 4-door Collapsible Imperial Sedan 5
5156-C 4-door Collapsible Imperial 5
5164 4-door Transformable Town Brougham 7
5165 4-door Imperial Limousine 7
5175-C 4-door Collapsible Limousine 7
5175-FL 4-door Limousine Cabriolet 7
5175-H4 4-door Imperial Sedan 7
5185 2-door Convertible Coupe 5

STYLE

Fleetwood 165″ Wheelbase Special
Style number Doors Style Seating Price Weight
5177 4-door Imperial 8

ENGINE

type 45 degree overhead valve
cylinders Sixteen cylinders
crankcase Cast iron on aluminum crankcase
Bore and stroke 76.2mm x 101.6mm
Displacement 7.416 Liters
Compression ratio 5.36:1 (std); 5.00:1, 4.90:1 (opt)
Brake horsepower 165 @ 3400 rpm
Power 123 kW @ 3400 rpm
Taxable horsepower 57.5
Main bearings five
Valve Lifters mechanical with hydraulic silencer on rocker bushing
Carburetor Detroit lubricator type L-14, R-14/Model 51

CHASSIS

Wheelbase 3632mm3785mm
Overall length 5486mm5639mm
Front Tread 1521mm
Rear Tread 1549mm
Tires 7.50 x 18

DRIVETRAIN

Transmission Selective, synchro transmission
Speeds 3 forward, 1 reverse
Controls Left hand drive, center control (right hand drive optional)
Clutch Twin disc clutch — selective vacuum-activation
Drive Shaft drive
Torque tube
Axle 3/4 floating rear axle
Drive Type spiral bevel drive
Overall ratio 4.31:1, 4.64:1
Brakes Mechanical brakes on four wheels with vacuum assist
Drums 406mm brake drums
Wheels Wire wheels (std), demountable wood (opt)
Wheel size 18 in. drop center

OPTIONS

Tire cover(s) $5-$20 each
Trunks $100-180
Heron or Goddess $20
Radio Price on application
Heater $37.50-47.50
Auxiliary lights $37.50-57.50
Wind wings $25-47.50
Tonneau Shield $185
Seat covers $26.50-73.50
Mirrors $8-16 each
Full covers for wire wheels $10 each
6 wire wheels with fender wells and trunk rack $150
5 demountable wood wheels $30
6 demountable wood wheels with wells and rack $186
Colored fender set $50