For Cadillac, the historic Model 30 was not their first four-cylinder model offered but was arguably the best, and one that truly set the standard for the company. It showed the world they could offer an automobile at a fairly reasonable price that displayed quality, luxury and performance all in one package. The Model 30 was built from 1908 till 1914 and was offered as a three-passenger Roadster, two-door Demi-Tonneau, or a two-door five-passenger Tourer.
A charming example from the end of the Brass Era, this Model 30 Five-Passenger Tourer has been treated to an older comprehensive restoration that shows slight patina but has been well-maintained by its current owner in his highly regarded private collection. An automobile that came about at a time when driving was becoming more common, Cadillac took notice and made changes for the final year of the Model 30. Equipment like an optional electrically engaged two-speed direct-drive rear axle was added, which resulted in a quieter experience when traveling at higher speeds. The engine also saw quite the upgrade, going from a 30-horsepower 266-cubic-inch four-cylinder to a 365.8-cubic-inch L-head four-cylinder engine that produced a near 50 horsepower, completely changing the driving experience, of course for the better. Mechanical brakes were also added in 1914 to the rear, for improved stopping power and touring abilities.
Finished in a deep gloss black throughout, the exterior is complemented by brass features trickled throughout the body. The top goes up and down with ease and gives the car a unique appearance in either position. The body sits on beautiful 27-inch wood spoke wheels wrapped in 36 x 4 ½-inch tires that add to its overall prestigious look. Other notable features include the hinged steering wheel which allows for more ease when getting in and exiting the vehicle, Gray and Davis cowl lights, and a spare tire mounted to the rear.
Rarely seen today, as only 14,000 were produced and a scarce number have survived, this 1914 Cadillac Model 30 Five-Passenger Tourer presents itself as a suitable example for vintage touring or as a nice exhibition vehicle for both shows and in a collection setting.