40/50 bhp, 365.8 cu. in. L-head vertical inline four-cylinder engine, three-speed selective sliding gear manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, full-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and rear-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 120″
A Beautiful and Highly Drivable Brass Era Touring Car
- Cadillac was first to market with the self-starter with the debut of the Model 30 in 1912, which replaced the clumsy, difficult, and sometimes dangerous, crank-starter. Cadillac was also the first to replace the old combustible-gas lighting system with full-electric lighting (headlights, cowl lights, and taillights). Charles Kettering's revlutionary Delco electrical system made it all possible.
- Rightly, as a result of its advanced engineering, Cadillac advertised itself as the "Standard of the World", beginning in 1912.
- The Model 30 was Cadillac's sole product line from 1912 to 1919, so-named for its initial 30 hp engine-output rating. Actual output 40/50 hp.
- The Model 30 was known for its strong performance - capable of cruising at 45 mph, which was remarkable in its era, with few, if any, paved roads in existence.
- When new, the Model 30 was a highly attractive choice for female drivers and now, as then, the Model 30 is a great choice for fans of "Brass Era" cars who want to drive and tour, as well as show, their automobile.
- While the Cadillac Model 30 is classified as a "Brass Era" car, its brightwork is in fact nickel, and therefore much easier to maintain in show quality with less effort required.
- Remarkable power and touring capabilities; generous but not excessive 120-inch wheelbase, roomy accommodations for up to five.
- Fully restored mid-to-late 2000s
- Best in Class and Best of Show, New England Region Cadillac LaSalle Club show, Portsmouth, Rhode Island 2008.
- Shown at Amelia Island 2009, Greenfield Village September 2011
- Prior owners are noted and active classic-car collectors
- Acquired 2009 by present owner, with a further $20,000 to make it even better to show and tour with. Recent work included a new water-pump shaft and refinishing of the hood.
- During 2011, the Cadillac participated in a Horseless Carriage Club tour, covering approximately 300 miles without fault. The tour included a visit to Bowmanville, Ontario's Mosport racing circuit and the club members in attendance were given the opportunity to drive their classics on the track for 2 laps. This Model 30 set "fastest lap" of the group!
- Features include a very nice blue finish with black fenders and a black radiator shell, a beautifully fitted black folding top, nickel-plated brass components, rear-mounted spare tires and artillery wheels with whitewall tires, as well as button-tufted black leather upholstery. The engine, with its copper water jackets, is particularly striking. Offered in show- and tour-ready condition alike, this 1913 Model 30 Touring is simply a wonderful example of Cadillac's highly refined Brass Era luxury and engineering.
Ready to show, tour and enjoy!
On display at Hershey Lodge, October 2011