V16 Cadillac Models & History 1933.



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1933 Cadillac V16 452C Convertible

Despitetough times, Cadillac fielded an extensively revamped lineup of V-8sV-12s, and V-16s for 1933. Most notably, the boxy look of the Twenties began to give way to the streamlined look of the Thirties. Featured were fully skirted, flowing fenders and a graceful “windsplit” veed grille, which boasted a painted shell that blended in smoothly with the bodywork.

In addition to a longer 3785mm wheelbase, the V-16s received a unique grille, a larger — and more elegant “Goddess” hood ornament, and massive “four-bar” bumpers. Also, the three rectangular ventilator doors seen on the sides of the hood of the V-8s and V-12s yielded to three functional “spears” on the V-16, a theme repeated on the lower front fenders.


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1933 Cadillac

The magnificent V-16, first shown at the 1930 New York Auto Show, continued as before. Basically, the 45-degree, overhead-valve unit consisted of two inline eights sharing the same crankshaft, with each side of the engine having its own carburetion and exhaust system. With a 76.2mm x 101.6mm bore and stroke, it displaced 7.416 Liters. Horsepower was rated at 165, outdone only by Duesenberg’s 265 bhp, although Packard’s 160-bhp V-12 came close.

Ten Fleetwood body styles were listed. Prices ranged from $5540 for an Imperial cabriolet to $8000 for the All-Weather phaeton. These prices exceeded Packard’s priciest V-12s, and had to be viewed as staggering in the depths of the Depression, when a Chevy started at $445.

For 1933, Cadillac announced that V-16 production would be limited to 400 cars. These were to be serially numbered — the number and the owner’s name to be displayed on a plate inside the car. Nearly seven body styles were suggested. Half this number of styles were actually built, but one half the total production of 126 cars was in the five most conservative five or seven passenger sedan styles.

V-16’s had the Vee-shaped grille/radiator shell, skirted fenders, and no-draft ventilation common to the full line. Detail distinction was achieved with a new, winged goddess mascot; large, spinner hub caps; absence of crankhole cover in the grill; and an awkward, four-bar bumper. Hood side panels carried two vertical doors plus three stylized horizontal louvers. Vertical louvers on front fender skirts, shown in promotional literature and used on mockups, were replaced in “production” by three horizontal louvers matching the hood louvers.

Some new styling details were shown on various bodies. Instead of ending at the front of the cowl, some hoods were extended back over the cowl to the windshield. Many four door bodies sported a rear body panel which swept back over the fuel tank, with a door opening for carrying parcels. At least one open and one closed four door design offered a built-in trunk. A few styles even retained the “Madame X” look seen on some of the first V-16’s.

Mechanical changes were few. A higher compression ratio was available to utilize improved gasolines. Except on early production, wheel size was reduced from 18″ to 17″. Beginning with engine unit number 50-24, the starter ring gear was moved from the clutch center-plate to the flywheel — same as on the V-8 and V-12


  • Serial numbers were not used.
  • Engine numbers were stamped on the right hand side of the crankcase on the generator drive chain housing.
  • Starting: 5000001.
  • Ending: 5000126.


Fisher 143″ wheelbase
Job Number Doors Style Seating Price Weight
33-16-168 2-door Convertible Coupe 2/4
33-16-272 2-door Coupe 5


Fleetwood 143″ wheelbase
Style Number Doors Style Seating Price Weight
5508 2-door Convertible Coupe 2/4
5509 2-door Coupe 2/4


Fleetwood 149″ wheelbase
Style Number Doors Style Seating Price Weight
5502 2-door Roadster 2/4
5512 4-door Town Cabriolet 5/7 $6850 2777 kg
5513 4-door Town Cabriolet 5/7
5514 4-door Town Cabriolet 5/7
5520 4-door Town Cabriolet 7
5521 4-door Town Cabriolet 7
5524 4-door Town Cabriolet 7
5525 4-door Town Cabriolet 7 $6850 2850 kg
5526 4-door Town Cabriolet 7
5530 4-door Imperial Sedan 5
5530-5 4-door Sedan 5 $6250 2759 kg
5530-FL 4-door Imperial Cabriolet 5/7
5530-SFL 4-door Sedan Cabriolet 5/7
5530-H4 4-door Imperial Sedan 5
5531 4-door Imperial Sedan 5/7
5531-S 4-door Sedan 5/7
5532 4-door Imperial Sedan 5/7
5532-S 4-door Sedan 5/7
5533 4-door Town Imperial 5
5533-5 4-door Town Sedan 5
5535 2-door Convertible Coupe 2/4
5536 2-door Sport Convertible Coupe 2/4
5540 4-door Imperial Cabriolet 5/7
5540-5 4-door Sedan Cabriolet 5/7
5545 4-door Imperial Cabriolet 5/7
5545-5 4-door Sedan Cabriolet 5/7
5550 4-door Full Collapsible Town Cabriolet 7
5555 4-door Imperial Cabriolet 5/7
5555-C 4-door Collapsible Imperial Cabriolet 5/7
5557 4-door Transformable 7
5558 4-door Phaeton 5
5559 4-door Sport Phaeton 5
5560 4-door Sport Phaeton 5
5561 4-door Close Coupled Imperial 5
5561-5 4-door Close Coupled Sedan 5
5563 4-door Sport Imperial 5/7
5563-5 4-door Sport Sedan 5/7
5564 4-door Town Brougham 5/7
5564-B 4-door Town Brougham with cane 5/7
5565 4-door Limousine 7
5565 4-door Sedan 7
5566 4-door Limousine 7
5566-5 4-door Sedan 7
5573 4-door Limousine 7
5573-5 4-door Sedan 7
5574 4-door Imperial Cabriolet 7
5574-5 4-door Sedan 7
5575 4-door Limousine 7 $6600 2850 kg
5575-5 4-door Sedan 7 $6400 2818 kg
5575-FL 4-door Imperial Cabriolet 7
5575-SFL 4-door Sedan Cabriolet 7
5576 2-door Coupe 2/4
5577 2-door Sport Coupe 2/4
5578 4-door All Weather Sport Phaeton 5
5579 4-door All Weather Phaeton 5 $8000 2777 kg
5579-A 4-door All Weather Phaeton 5
5580 4-door Convertible Phaeton 5
5581 2-door Town Coupe 5 $6250 2727 kg
5583 2-door Coupe 2
5585 2-door Convertible Coupe 5 $7500 2686 kg
5586 2-door Convertible Coupe 4
5590 4-door Limousine Brougham 7
5591 4-door Limousine Brougham 7 $6850 2864 kg
5592 4-door Limousine Brougham 7
5599 2-door Aero Dynamic Coupe 5


Type 45 degree overhead valve.
Cylinders Sixteen cylinders.
Crankcase Cast iron on aluminum crankcase.
Bore & Stroke 76.2mm x 101.6mm
Displacement 7.416 Liters
Compression ratio 5.7:1 std.; 5.4:1, 5.1:1 opt.
Brake Horsepower 165 hp @ 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.


Wheelbase 3632mm3785mm
Overall length approx. 5486mm5639mm
Front Tread 1521mm
Rear Tread 1549mm
Tires 7.50 x 17.


Transmission Selective, synchro transmission.
Speeds 3 Forward, 1 Reverse
Controls Left hand drive, Center control, Right hand drive optional
Clutch Twin disc clutch.
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 381mm brake drums
Wheels Wire wheels std. Demountable wood opt.
Wheel size 17 in. drop center.


Wheel discs(s)
Standard Radio $64.50
Imperial Radio $74.50
Heater Hot air or hot water
Luggage sets $37.00-$110.00
Trunks with luggage $104.00-$180.00
Spotlight Lorraine $24.50
Dual Pilot Ray Lights $44.50
Gold Plated Goddess radiator ornament $50.00
Silver Goddess radiator ornament $40.00
Six wire wheels with fender wells.
Five demountable wood wheels.
Six demountable wood wheels with fender wells.