Cadillac V-16 Imperial Sedan, 1932 MY 452-B 5177

The V-16 Imperial Sedan is a motor car from Cadillac, with rear wheel drive, a front positioned engine and a Fleetwood-designed 4 door saloon (sedan) body style. It forms part of Cadillac's 452-B family of cars. Its 7.4 litre engine is a naturally aspirated, overhead valve, 16 cylinder that has an output of 165 bhp (167 PS/123 kW) of power at 3400 rpm. The engine powers the wheels by means of a 3 speed manual 'box.


Key facts

Cadillac V-16 Imperial Sedan, 1932 MY 452-B 5177 information summary

What body style?
4 door sedan/saloon with 8 seats
What size engine?
7.4 litre, 7413 cm3
How many cylinders?
16, V
How much power?
167 PS / 165 bhp / 123 kW @ 3400 rpm
How much torque?
1932 Cadillac V-16 Imperial Sedan data
Body type8 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors4
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 4191 mm 165 inches
Track/tread (front) 1521 mm 59.9 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1549 mm 61 inches
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio
Kerb weight
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 113.7 litres 25 UK Gal 30 US Gal
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Cadillac
Engine code 452-B
Cylinders V 16 in 45° vee
Capacity 7.4 litre
7413 cc
(452.369 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 76.2 × 101.6 mm
3 × 4 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.75
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
32 valves in total
maximum power output 167 PS (165 bhp) (123 kW)
at 3400 rpm
Specific output 22.3 bhp/litre
0.36 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
Specific torque
Engine construction
compression ratio 5.35:1
Fuel system 2 Detroit Lubricator L-14 carburettors
bmep (brake mean effective pressure)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 463.31 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed
Power-to-weight ratio
Weight-to-power ratio
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension LA.SE.
Rear suspension LA.SE.
Wheel size front 4.19 x 18
Wheel size rear 4.19 x 18
Tyres front 7.50-18
Tyres rear 7.50-18
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr-S
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 3 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 4.31
general ID342232
Production total
Model code 5177
Model family 452-B
RAC rating 57.6
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1932 Cadillac V-16 Imperial Sedan added 2013-06-26.
Last modified 2013-08-04.