Introduced to great fanfare at the 1930 New York Auto Show, Cadillac’s V-16-powered Series 452 models were designed to compete with the finest automobiles in the world.
Cadillac’s V-16 engine — designed by Owen Nacker — produced 175 horsepower and quickly earned a reputation for its smooth and silent running. As Walter M.P. McCall wrote in 80 Years of Cadillac LaSalle, “It was the first automobile engine to bear the mark of a stylist,” and featured hidden wires, polished aluminum, and glossy enamel and porcelain throughout. Like the rest of the car, regardless of body style fitted, it was a clear statement that this was no ordinary automobile and no ordinary owner.
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