The 1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan by Murphy is the most expensive Cadillac ever. This rare classic car has a powerful V-angle OHV engine and a top-notch design. With only 4,076 units made, it’s highly sought after by collectors. One recently sold for $1,925,000 in Texas.
We all know that Cadillac is a luxurious vehicle brand. But did you know that some of the most expensive cars ever made are Cadillacs?
From classic models to modern masterpieces, many of these vehicles boast impressive performance and engineering marvels that make them worth every penny!
In this blog post, we’re going to explore some of the world’s priciest Cadillac cars and take a look at what makes each one so special.
So buckle up and get ready for an unforgettable ride as we journey into the realm of the most expensive Cadillac cars ever made!
Most Expensive Cadillac Cars Ever Made
10. 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Town Car
The 1956 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham Town Car is a luxurious and rare concept car that debuted at the New York Motorama in 1956.
Its construction using fiberglass and it’s half-roof covered with black leather distinguished it from other models, like the Eldorado Brougham it was released alongside.
Not only was its exterior unique, but for passengers inside also featured amenities such as ladies’ powder, lipstick compact, comb, and nickel holder – all contained within an armrest beveled mirror housing an ounce bottle of Arpege Extrait de Lanvin perfume.
Often dubbed “Cadillac’s answer to Ford’s Continental Mark II,” the Town Car went beyond even what Ford had achieved in luxury and cost nearly a third more than Mark IIs 10 thousand dollar sticker price.
As a result of being both relatively exclusive and highly luxurious, the Eldorado Brougham Town Car has since become one of the most expensive Cadillac cars ever sold; according to RM Auctions fetching anywhere between $500k-$750k USD when last put up at Amelia Island event on March 12th, 2011.
9. 1948 Cadillac Eldorado
The 1948 Cadillac Eldorado is one of the most expensive and iconic cars in history. The vehicle was designed by renowned hot-rod builder Chip Foose, as a personal car for Boyd Coddington, another legendary car customizer.
This classic ride had several modifications made to it over the years in order to perfectly reflect its original vision; this included bumpers from a 1956 Chevy Nomad, window lines, and a hood inspired by mid-’50s Oldsmobiles along with many other performance-enhancing features.
According to Hagerty’s classic car valuation tool, a base model Series 62 can be worth up to $35,500 making it an excellent investment piece even without additional customizations.
Its total production run accounted for around 50,000 vehicles with the majority being four-door sedans.
Currently owned by Chris and Paul Andrews – a collector of historic street rods and customs – “Eldorod” is one of their prized possessions; having been sold for an impressive $802,500 at auction.
8. 1948 Cadillac Series 62 Cabriolet
The 1948 Cadillac Series 62 Cabriolet was the first all-new, post-war design from the renowned luxury automobile manufacturer.
It featured a much shorter wheelbase than its 1947 predecessors and incorporated a revolutionary styling element – the iconic “fin” which housed a rear tail light and gave it an impressively low look – that would remain synonymous with Cadillacs for three decades.
The Series 62 convertible carried an impressive price tag of $3,400 as it included features such as power windows, power seats, wire wheels, and Hydra-Matic transmission.
Among the most expensive Cadillac cars of this era is one of two Saoutchik Cabriolets built on a Series 62 chassis. Its flamboyant lines generated much enthusiasm and when sold it fetched Ritter $857,500.
When New York businessman Robert Ritter commissioned French car designer Jacques Saoutchik to construct it to his specifications in time for display at Paris Salon in 1948, curious onlookers were treated to some unique visual elements — double-decker bumperettes at both ends – that weren’t typical for Cadillacs of this era.
7. 1937 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Phaeton
The very rare 1937 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Phaeton is a one-of-a-kind car that was created to be an example of what could be done for an individual customer.
Its unique design, commissioned by coachbuilder Fran Roxas and Dave Holl’s head of advanced design at General Motors, was based on a rendering from the company’s catalog Fleetwood bodies.
Using full-size factory blueprints from the first generation Sixteen chassis, Roxas built this classic car from a low-mileage 1937 Series 90 Seven-Passenger Limousine body style 5875.
The exterior is beautifully juxtaposed between black with red accents and the classic Flex wheel steering wheel.
Underneath its hood lies an impressive 452 cu in overhead valve V-16 engine with three-speed manual transmission allowing 185 bhp paired with coil spring independent front suspension, live rear axle providing incredible power and handling from its time.
The interior features an auxiliary dashboard complete with a Jaeger clock at the center surrounded by two compartments adding even more uniqueness to this beautiful piece of art.
When auctioned off in 2012 at Sotheby’s, this most expensive Cadillac sold for $962,500 USD making it one of the most sought-after cars to ever exist as described by Clay Dean director at Cadillac design – “an amazing combination of classic automotive meets modern design”.
6. 1934 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Roadster
The most expensive Cadillac cars of all time include the 1934 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Roadster. This rare and luxurious car was built on a 1937 Sixteen chassis, constructed based on blueprints produced by General Motors.
It runs on a powerful 185 bhp, 452 cu. in. overhead valve V-16 engine comes with a highly sought-after three-speed manual transmission as well as coil spring independent front suspension and live rear axle.
When the car was initially illustrated, it never made it to production until Roxas, MacMinn, and Holls brought it to life during the early 1990s; a low mileage 1935 Cadillac Sixteen Seven-Passenger Limousine became its chassis donor for this car due to the bi-plane bumpers that make up its attractive design.
Cadillac’s top of line car from 1930 until 1940 when World War II started taking sales away was known as the V-16 (or sometimes Sixteen).
All were custom ordered which is why only 4076 units were produced over 10 years including 50 vehicles in 1937, Hydraulic brakes were added that year before production halted indefinitely.
A recent listing for the Left Hand Drive petrol version of this Custom Roadster emerged online without any price tag attached; however, ultimately sold for an astonishing $1,001,000 at auction. It is safe to say this automobile was the most expensive Cadillac car ever sold.
5. 1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton
Providing its owners with a sense of opulence, the 1930 Cadillac V-16 Sport Phaeton is one of the most expensive Cadillac cars in existence.
One of only 85 vehicles produced between 1930 and 1931, its streamlined design sets it apart from other dual-cowl phaetons due to its use of a disappearing tonneau windshield instead of a second windscreen for rear passengers.
This limited edition vehicle was initially sold by Don Lee Cadillac in Los Angeles. It is estimated that at auction this particular car fetched an impressive sum of around $1.2 million – solidifying it as one of the most expensive Cadillacs around today.
4. 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe
The 1953 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe by Ghia is one of the rarest and most expensive Cadillac cars ever made. As only two were created, it has become an automobile collector’s dream.
Built on a 126-inch wheelbase chassis and powered by a 331-ci V8 engine, this extraordinary vehicle was customized with a unique grille featuring thin vertical bars finished in gold-anodized aluminum.
Elsewhere, no front fender parking lights, different taillights, and rear license plates also set it apart from other models of the era. Inside it boasted fine leather upholstery and bucket seats adding to its exquisite aesthetic appeal.
The car attracted wide attention at RM Sotheby’s Phoenix auction in January 2016 when sold for the hefty sum of $1.43 million – but many questions remain unanswered; why did Ghia build only two coupes?
3. 1931 Cadillac V-16 Roadster
The 1931 Cadillac V16 Roadster has been dubbed the Holy Grail of all the most expensive Cadillac cars. This iconic classic, commanding a hefty price tag of $1.46 million, is a rare find – accounting for only a tiny fraction of Cadillac’s total production during its heyday from January 1930 until 1940.
Boasting 175 horsepower and an unrivaled combination of design and power, this automobile was named after its unique 16-cylinder engine with 45° V angle OHV Series 452 displacing 452 cu in (7.4 L).
During that time period, only 4,076 were produced in total – upon release, it attracted rave reviews and intense public attention with roughly 22 cars rolled off the line each day by June 1930 when 2,000 units had already been created!
2. US Presidential State Car
The Cadillac One, popularly known as the Presidential State Car or “the Beast,” is one of the most expensive cars in existence today.
The specially designed and custom-built vehicle is 18 feet long and features a fortified steel exterior with bulletproof armor plating, providing exceptional protection from any potential threat.
Inside, the hand-cut and sewn interiors offer luxury in keeping with its prestigious role in transporting the President of the United States.
But beyond sophistication and appearance, The Beast’s capabilities are enhanced further through specialized communications equipment that grants access to nuclear codes for responding quickly to security threats on the road.
Although exact details of pricing remain closely guarded by US Government officials, estimates suggest each Presidential State Car costs an impressive sum of around $1.5 million USD – making it amongst the priciest Cadillac cars ever to be produced.
1. 1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan
The 1930 Cadillac V-16 Convertible Sedan by Murphy stands as the most expensive and sought-after classic car in automotive history.
Featuring a revolutionary 45° V angle OHV engine, these luxurious models were produced until 1940 with just under 4,076 units ever created.
At a staggering 5,300 – 6,600 lbs each, they boast some of the most impressive custom coachworks in the industry.
In fact, recently an original model sold for $1,925,000 USD at auction in Fort Worth Texas – setting it among some of the most expensive Cadillac cars around today.
Staying true to its pre-WWII glamour and remarkable engineering innovation it is no surprise that these timeless classics are still highly prized and revered.