1913 Cadillac Model 30

5-Passenger Touring
RM Sotheby's Hershey 2021
Thursday, 7 October - Friday, 8 October 2021
Sale Price
$40,000 - $60,000
Est. Range
7 October 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Unrestored original
RM Sotheby's
Auction House
Engine no. 87808. Black with a heather cloth top over black leather. RHD. 255/30 ALAM hp four, 3-speed, Gray & Davis headlights, sidelights and taillight, rear-mounted spare, Warner speedometer, blue wood spoke wheels, Silvertown tires, Cadillac branded MotoMeter, engine-mounted air compressor.

Evaluation: A sound original Cadillac in complete barn find condition. Good original upholstery. Painted brass. Peeling original paint with a lot of surface rust. Greasy, dusty chassis and oily engine. Far too good to restore.

Bottom Line: 1913 was the first year for Cadillac’s industry-leading electric starter and also the debut year for the “Standard of the World” branding. The preservation of this Model 30 is wonderful despite the cosmetic and age issues. It could be a straightforward restoration but then would only join a bevy of restored Cadillacs of the period. As it stands, however, it is something entirely different and to be perceived with wonder and amazement. It deserves to be mechanically maintained and further preserved while also representing a sound value in this transaction.

by Rick Carey
10 November 2021
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Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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