With the earliest model sold in 1903, Cadillac is second only to Ford as the oldest surviving make in America and quickly established itself as one of the foremost makers of high quality automobiles in the country, earning its “Standard of the World” advertising claim. By 1910, Cadillac had been absorbed into the General Motors conglomerate under William C.Durant and has remained the most prestigious name in the GM hierarchy ever since.
Cadillac offered a V-8 model as early as 1915 and progressively refined the concept over the ensuing years, with a detachable cylinder head in 1918, balanced crankshaft in the V-63 of 1923 and further improvements on the Series 314, known as “The New Ninety Degree Cadillac”. In 1928 the dimensions of the V-8 were altered for the first time in years, taking total displacement up to 341cu in and horsepower was rated at 90. The L-head design used a cast iron block with a copper/aluminium crankcase, three main bearings and mechanical valve lifters. Only minor changes were made to the 1929 Cadillac, including synchromesh on second and top gears and Duplex mechanical brakes (on all four wheels) with internal shoes. Another welcome innovation was the introduction of safety glass across the range.
Cadillac built just over 18,000 cars in 1929 and the 341 was available with an extraordinarily diverse range of bodywork from the two coachbuilders Fisher and Fleetwood, all using a 140 inch wheelbase, the longer 152 inch wheelbase being reserved for commercial models like ambulances and hearses.
This Cadillac Fleetwood V8 on offer today is finished in an elegant forest green with complementary midnight black coachwork. The subject of a recent interior re-trim, this imposing V8 Cadillac boasts a period luggage rack and trunk. It’s wonderful and simplistic art deco style dashboards make being sat behind the wheel of this V8 beast very pleasant place to be. Do not miss an opportunity to acquire one of the highest quality pre-war automobiles.