1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040

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1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Sold for DKK 2,875,000 (US$ 437,025) inc. premium

The Frederiksen Auction

26 Sep 2015, 14:00 CEST

Denmark, Ebeltoft

Lot Details
1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040 1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN  Chassis no. 5100040 Engine no. 5100040
1934 CADILLAC V-16 SERIES 452 CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
Coachwork by Fleetwood

Chassis no. 5100040
Engine no. 5100040

452 ci OHV 45 Degree V-16 Engine
Dual Detroit Lubricator Updraft Carburettors
185 bhp at 3,400 rpm
3-Speed Synchromesh Manual Transmission
IFS Coil Spring Suspension, Leaf Sprung Rear Axle
4-Wheel Vacuum Assisted Mechanical Drum Brakes


*Fascinating history
*Exquisite restoration performed by expert restoration shops
*Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Second in Class
*Previously owed by prominent US collectors
*Stylish and powerful American Classic



THE V-16 CADILLAC

The incredible Cadillac V-16 engine was sprung on an unsuspecting market in late 1929 in a flurry of announcements, dealer presentations, previews for privileged clients and public auto shows. The surprise was complete, and while competitors publicly scoffed at the V-16's size and complexity, privately they marvelled and quickly retired to their drawing boards.

Hidden from public view but very important to Cadillac in conveying the sleek, refined, subdued image of the V-16's quiet, confident power, the V-16 engine was as much a triumph for the stylists as it was for Cadillac engineering. Everything suggesting the minutiae of function was hidden. The spark plug wires travelled from the distributor to the plugs under covers. The valve covers, manifolds and even carburettors were monochromatic with only carefully selected details and highlights. There were no exposed oil lines. It was a sleek, modern statement of machine age design, carefully detailed and refined.

The first Cadillac V-16s were enthusiastically received but soon ran into the reality of the Depression. Production ran virtually unchanged through 1931, while 1932 ushered in a redesign with longer, lower bodies and freestanding headlights among other changes. Cadillac built only 300 V-16s during 1932, a huge drop from the nearly 3,000 built in the enthusiasm of 1930. Production never recovered, making the 1934 model a rare automobile.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

In 1934, Thomas Stonborough a well-to-do stockbroker purchased Cadillac 452-D Series 5780 five passenger convertible sedan with engine number 5100040 through a Cadillac agency in New York. Priced at a heady USD 7,850, the car was a special order, with a division between the driver and passenger compartments, the goddess hood ornament specified in silver and no heater, as 5100040 was intended to be a chauffeur-driven summer car. The livery was a distinguished black over black with black interior and a unique black leather victoria top. Stonborough kept the car for more than a decade. He left the USA shortly after the Second World War, and it is believed that he disposed of his giant Cadillac convertible at that time.

Archie Marcotte, a railroad worker and racecar driver of Dickinson, North Dakota, bought 5100040 in 1949. He and a friend named Richard Wehner removed the 16-cylinder powerplant from the Cadillac chassis and dropped it into a 1937 Ford frame. The sixteen was given a Harmon and Collins three-quarter race cam, a special intake manifold, eight Stromberg 97 downdraft carburettors and three fuel pumps enabling it to burn an intoxicating mixture of gasoline, water, alcohol and castor oil. This mean machine was then given a homemade streamlined body and christened "Sweet Sixteen".

While this multi-cylinder rocket was fast in a straight line, the engine was too much for the simple Ford underpinnings, so Marcotte constructed a tubular space frame, removed the transmission and clutch and coupled the engine directly to a Mercury rear axle and fitted this new Mad-Max style concoction with the pilot's seat from a B-29 Stratofortress bomber. The chassis and body of 5100040 was given a Mercury flathead V-8 and the elegant convertible was used to tow the dirt track racer.

It is not known whether the racer was successful. Marcotte moved to Glendive, Montana and left the cars that were bought by Monty Holmes of Washington State in 1974. He gave both cars to his son Monty Holms, Jr. in 1975, exhorting him to "Keep the dream alive." The young man did, but it would be more than two decades before he took on the job of bringing 5100040 back to its former glory. Holmes had made sure that all the original parts had been retained, while also collecting up over the years whatever happened to be missing. The fabulous V-16 engine was removed from "Sweet Sixteen" and restored to original specification along with the rest of the V-16 chassis and gearbox, and then reunited.

In 2001 the bare chassis was displayed in all its glory in Class X on the field at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The compromised wood supporting the sheet metal was replaced by Cadillac V-16 expert Sonny Elliott in Kansas City, while the leather upholstery and convertible top were redone to exacting standards in Michigan. Upon completion in 2009, this significant motor car was invited back to Pebble Beach, where it took second in class. In August 2012, Monty Holmes, Jr. consigned his carefully executed Cadillac to the Pebble Beach Auction, where it was acquired by Henrik Frederiksen.

There are various new old stock and restored parts available with this car including a radiator grille, distributor cap and rotor arm, ignition coils, horn relay, dimmer switch, headlamp lenses, Jack, radio assembly and power unit.

Chassis 5100040 is one of the largest and most impressive convertibles ever built, attractively equipped with the fittings appropriate to such a fine, luxurious automobile. It is a car that exudes luxury and privilege. The staggering attention to detail and authentic presentation of this car is singular and seldom encountered. With its gleaming coachwork accentuated by tasteful Art Deco brightwork, it is a multi-cylinder 1930s convertible that speaks directly to the knowledgeable collector who is looking for the very best to enhance his collection.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Denne imponerende 16-cylindrede Cadillac blev leveret i 1934 og var en specialordre, som blev bestilt af en velhavende børsmægler i New York. Den var udstyret med adskillelse mellem fører og passagersædet, samt den såkaldte gudinde kølerfigur udført i sølv. Bilen var tænkt som en sommerbil med chauffør, hvorfor den var bestilt uden varmeapparat. Karosseriet var sortlakeret, interiøret var også i sort, og den havde en speciel kaleche i sort læder.

Den første ejer havde bilen i mere en ti år og solgte den kort efter Anden Verdenskrig. 5100040 blev købt af Archie Marcotte fra North Dakota, som afmonterede den smukke 16-cylindrede motor og monterede den efterfølgende i et chassis fra en 1937 Ford. Denne Ford fik et hjemmelavet strømlinjekarosseri og blev døbt Sweet Sixteen. Chassiset og karosseriet fra den oprindelige Cadillac fik en Mercury V-8 motor transplanteret, hvorefter den elegante cabriolet blev brugt til at bugsere Sweet Sixteen til dirt track racerløb.

I 1974 blev begge køretøjer købt af Monty Holmes fra staten Washington på Vestkysten. Han forærede dem til sin søn, hvorefter der gik tyve år inden sønnen gjorde noget ved bilerne. Han havde imidlertid beholdt alle de originale dele mens han forberedte restaureringen af motoren, chassiset og gearkassen. Da alt var restaureret og samlet på chassiset, blev det nøgne chassis vist på Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance i 2001. Herefter blev karosseriets træramme og metalplader restaureret, og interiøret og kalechen blev reproduceret som nøjagtige kopier af de originale. Den færdige bil blev vist igen på Pebble Beach i 2009, hvor den blev nummer to i sin klasse.

Denne storslåede 16-cylindrede Cadillac taler til den indsigtsfulde samler, som ønsker et nøjagtigt og autentisk eksemplar af en af de mest imposante Cabrioleter der nogensinde er bygget.


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With Danish Registreringsattest
Registered by engine number
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