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This was the V-Series of its time -- high performance, high speed tourer.

Visited it today in the San Diego Automotive Museum in Balboa Park.

Bruce

2016 Cadillac ATS-V gray/black

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I built one of these (in plastic) when I was a kid; never forgot how cool it was/is.  B)

Chuck

'17 XT5, '04 Bravada........but still lusting for that '69 Z-28

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Cadillac is the only manufacturer ever who had a V16 in a production car except from Marmon. Cadillac is definitively the only one that made two variants. The first one an overhead valve engine with 45 degrees between the cylinder banks and the second one a flathead with 135 degrees between the banks in order to make service easier. That engine could be treated by the mechanics as two straight eights with a common crankshaft. Several goals was achieved like an extremely smooth running engine and an excellent pulling capability at low rpms. I know that SAAB over here bought one in the 1950s I believe, in order to test their catapult chairs for their airplanes. They bought it to get a fast enough vehicle and basically stripped the car to the chassis and built a fixture on it for seat testing. I think it was blasphemy to treat an exceptional vehicle that way...

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