Cars of the GM Heritage Center: An Insider’s Look

© 2015 General Motors LLC. Used with permission, GM Media Archive.© 2015 General Motors LLC. Used with permission, GM Media Archive.
1931 Cadillac V16
The year 1931 was full of big things in America: the Empire State Building was finished and ready to take its place as the jewel of the New York City skyline, and Cadillac became the first domestic car manufacturer to premiere a production automobile with a V16 engine. Designed by Harley Earl and available in 10 body styles and myriad color options and interior appointments, the V16 was the epitome of style in the early 1930s. Unfortunately its intended demographic had a tough time ponying up the astronomical (for the time) $6,500 price tag due to the Great Depression, so the V16 was not a great seller during its 10-year run.

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5 thoughts on “Cars of the GM Heritage Center: An Insider’s Look

  1. Great rendition — especially of the Cadillacs. When will we ever see another Cadillac to rival those shown here? We need a new icon without worrying about fuel efficiency and “organic” greenness.

  2. A bright red Cadillac convertible was my ideal car when I was a kid and it still is. They don’t make such gorgeous cars any longer.

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