Cadillac V-16 Radiator Emblem

This radiator emblem belonged to a Cadillac V-16 automobile manufactured between 1930 and 1937 in Detroit, Michigan. Cadillac was the first company to build a 16-cylinder engine from scratch, and their Cadillac Sixteens were available in 31 different body styles with individual customization available for each style. Depending on the customizations chosen, the Sixteen could range in price from $5,350 to $30,000. The emblem has a black enamel background and reads “V16” in gold print.
Radiator emblems are small, colorful metal plates bearing an automobile manufacturer's name or logo that attached to the radiators grilles of early automobiles. Varying in shape and size, the emblems served as a small branding device, sometimes indicating the type of engine, place of manufacturing, or using an iconic image or catchy slogan to advertise their cars make and model. This emblem is part of the collection that was donated by Hubert G. Larson in 1964.
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Hubert G. Larson
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