Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

Photo: Johnny Miles

1938 Cadillac V-16 Limousine Town Car

Amelia Island Concours 2019

Mar 28, 2019 | On Show

Cadillac unveiled its updated V-16 limousine at the New York Auto Show in October 1937. At the time, the V-16 was one of the most powerful engines (185 horsepower) available from an American automobile manufacturer. However, the engine was tuned not for speed but rather to propel the 5,300-pound car quietly and effortlessly. The engine is reputed to produce enough torque to accelerate the car from 10 mph to its maximum speed in top gear.

This particular example of Cadillac’s top-of-the-line model also boasts a distinguished lineage of owners. It was first sold to Countess Rosario de Larrechea de Schiffner of Paris. Upon her death, she willed the car to Francis Cardinal Spellman, and it became part of the Vatican motor pool, where it was used by Pope Pius XII regularly. The Cadillac was ultimately sold in 1966 to Nicola Bulgari for his collection, where it remains today.

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