<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686

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1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car
Chassis no. V-59-686

US$ 20,000 - 30,000
£ 16,000 - 23,000
Amended
1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car
Chassis no. V-59-686
Single Updraft Carburetor
83bhp at 3,00rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Front and Rear Suspension by Semi-Elliptic Leaf Springs
4-Wheel Mechanical Brakes

*Very original example
*Great performing open car
*A relatively easy car to bring back to fine condition
*A desirable example from a prestigious make


THE CADILLAC

The place of the V8 Cadillac in automotive history is assured. The Model 51 Cadillac was introduced in September 1914 for the 1915 season, and while there had been other V8 engines before, most had been ephemeral prototypes and only the French De Dion-Bouton company had actually marketed a production V8, starting in 1909.

In America, the Cadillac Company had established a fine reputation for the introduction of the first practical electric starting, lighting and ignition system and for its precision of production ensuring absolute interchangeability of parts – two achievements that had earned it the unique distinction of winning two of the British Royal Automobile Club's Dewar Trophies for technical innovation. Consequently, the company adopted the proud motto "Standard of the World".

But by 1912 the 4-cylinder engine that had served it so well was looking a little outmoded and Cadillac's Wilfred Leland had been considering the choice of power plant for the company's next new model. Inspired by the De Dion V8 automobile and early V8 aero engines, he decided to develop a V8 built to his firm's exacting standards.

Preliminary development of a new V8 engine to outclass all Cadillac's 6-cylinder rivals had started in 1912, when Cadillac bought a De Dion V8 for study purposes and installed a V8 Hall-Scott aero engine in a car chassis, then built an experimental V8 engine incorporating the best features of both designs. Work to produce a production V8 really got underway in 1914 when the British engineer D. McCall White, formerly with Daimler and Napier, was placed in charge of the project.

Strictest secrecy was observed as a handpicked development team worked to engineer a smooth-running V8 with excellent low-speed torque. It proved to be such an outstanding engine that the V8 layout became the hallmark of Cadillac for decades to come.

Cadillac's imposing Model V59 was the culmination of a series of cars which shared the same basic engine design as the 1914 Type 51. This model was fitted with the top of the range touring body, the seven-passenger tourer, and was equipped with normal seating for five as well as the flip out occasional seats. The technically highly advanced side-valve engine featured the first ever inherently balanced two plane crankshaft ever fitted to a production motor car.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This largely original Cadillac Tourer is a nice solid survivor. The body is straight and free of any noticeable corrosion issues, while the interior shows original upholstery; it appears the original seat upholstery is all protected by vinyl covering. The dash is proper and original.

Under the hood is Cadillac's venerable V-8, which appears to be generally undisturbed. Reported to have run in recent years and described as a sound survivor, it is being worked on by the seller to be running at this time.

These cars represented excellent performance for their day and are a delight to drive today. This is a good, honest example of an open Cadillac.

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<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
<B>1918 Cadillac Model V-59 Touring Car</B><BR />Chassis no. V-59-686
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