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1933 Cadillac

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1933 Cadillac V-16 Victoria Cabriolet

Despite tough times, Cadillac fielded an extensively revamped lineup of V-8s, V-12s, and V-16s for 1933. Most notably, the boxy look of the Twenties began to give way to the streamlined look of the Thirties. Featured were fully skirted, flowing fenders and a graceful "windsplit" veed grille, which boasted a painted shell that blended in smoothly with the bodywork.

355-C Eight cylinder

1933 Cadillac

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1933 Cadillac V-16 Victoria Cabriolet

In the mid twenties, Cadillac broke with functional body design and began a period of "stylish functional."

  • The 1933 "C" cars ushered in the period of styling/streamlining for its own sake.
  • A face lift, simple in execution but startling in effect, transformed the "B" cars and started the concept of selling cars on the basis of styling features and selling replacement cars on the basis of changes in style.
  • Bumpers were sectioned, with plain ends and a three-bar center.
  • The grill was made Vee-shaped and blended into the painted (chrome optional) radiator shell.
  • The radiator filler cap disappeared under the hood on the right side (same side as the oil level gauge).
  • The fender tie-bar, after a year's absence, was sectioned and the center section hidden behind the grill.
  • Six horizontal doors replaced the vertical hood doors.
  • Skirts (valences) were added to front and rear fenders.
  • The most significant change in body detail was the introduction of no-draft Individually Controlled Ventilation (I.C.V.) or pivoting vent windows in the front doors and rear quarter or rear door windows.
  • In early production, the front door window had to be lowered to disengage the channel at its front edge from the vent window to allow the vent window to pivot.
  • In later production, the sealing channel was attached to the door frame rather than the window glass so that the vent window could be operated independently of the window glass.
  • Windshield and rear quarter windows were made stationary.
  • Absence of windshield operating mechanism on closed cars allowed room to conceal wiper motor behind the headboard.
  • The cowl ventilator was baffled and drained in such a way as to be rainproof.
  • Chassis changes were few and of minor nature.
  • Controlled free wheeling was discontinued.
  • Vacuum assist was added to the V-8 brake system.
  • Changes in shock absorber valves extended the range of the ride control system.
  • At engine unit number 30-3607; the dual point, four lobe distributer was replaced by a single point, eight lobe unit.


1933 Cadillac

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1933 Cadillac 355C four-door sedan

  • Serial numbers were not used.
  • Engine numbers were stamped on crankcase near the water inlet on the right hand side.
  • Starting: 3000001.
  • Ending: 3002100.


Fisher 134" wheelbase
Job NumberDoorsStyleSeatingPriceWeight
33-8-1682-doorConvertible Coupe2/4$28452193 kg
33-8-1782-doorCoupe2/4$26952207 kg


Fisher 140" wheelbase
Job NumberDoorsStyleSeatingPriceWeight
33-8-2524-doorSedan5$29952300 kg
33-8-2564-doorPhaeton5$28952211 kg
33-8-2594-doorSedan5$28952273 kg
33-8-2624-doorSedan7$30452320 kg
33-8-2634-doorImperial Sedan7$31952336 kg
33-8-2722-doorCoupe5$28952205 kg
33-8-2734-doorAll Weather Phaeton5$33952323 kg


Fleetwood 140" wheelbase
Style NumberDoorsStyleSeatingPriceWeight
53124-doorTransformable Town Cabriolet5/7$3995-
53914-doorTransformable Limousine Brougham7$4145 
53254-doorTransformable Town Cabriolet7$4145-
53812-doorTown Coupe5  
5312-C4-doorCollapsible Transformable Town Cabriolet5/7  
5325-C4-doorCollapsible Transformable Town Cabriolet7  
5375-C4-doorCollapsible Limousine7  
5375-H4 Limousine with 4" extra headroom7 -
5330-FL4-doorImperial Cabriolet5  
5375-FL4-doorImperial Cabriolet7  
53644-doorTransformable Town Brougham5 -
53204-doorTransformable Town Cabriolet7  


TypeNinety degree L-Head.
CylindersEight cylinders.
CrankcaseCast iron on aluminum crankcase.
Bore & Stroke85.7 x 125.4mm
Displacement5.793 Liters
Compression ratio5.40:1 (std); 5.70:1 (opt)
Brake horsepower115 @ 3000 rpm
Power86 kW @ 3000 rpm
SAE/Taxable horsepower36.45
Main bearingsThree.
Valve liftersMechanical.


1933 Cadillac

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1933 Cadillac

Wheelbase3404mm, 3556mm (Commercial chassis: 3962mm)
Overall Lengthapprox. 5258mm-5410mm
Front Tread1521mm
Rear Tread1549mm
Tires7.00 x 17.


TransmissionSelective, synchro transmission.
Speeds3 Forward l Reverse.
ControlsLeft hand drive, Center control (Right hand drive optional).
ClutchTwin disc clutch.
DriveShaft drive
 torque tube
axle3/4 floating rear axle
Drive Typespiral bevel drive.
Overall ratio4.36:1, 4.60:1
BrakesMechanical brakes on four wheels with vacuum assist
Drums381mm drums
WheelsWire wheels (std.) Demountable wood (opt.)
Wheel size17 in. Drop center.


Sidemount cover(s) 
Chrome wheel discs$10.00 each
Body color wheel discs$12.50 each
Standard Radio$64.50
Imperial Radio$74.50
Heater Hot air or hot water 
Draft deflector for Convertible Coupe$35/pair
Luggage sets$37.00-$110.00)
Trunks with luggage$104.00-180.00
Seat Covers$10.00/seat
Spotlight Lorraine$24.50
Dual Pilot Ray Lights$44.50
Heron radiator ornament$20.00
Six wire wheels with fender wells. 
Five demountable wood wheels. 
Six demountable wood wheels with fender wells. 


1933 Cadillac Notes

  • The V-8 models were introduced January, 1933.
  • The V-12 models Introduced January, 1933.
  • V-16 Introduced January, 1933.
  • Model year production of V-8: 2906.
  • Model year production of V-12: 952.
  • Model year production of V-16: 125.
  • Innovations: Fisher no-draft individually controlled ventilation (I.C.V.) (Vent windows).
  • The president and general manager was Lawrence P. Fisher.
  • Ernest W. Seaholm was chief engineer
  • J. C. Chick was general sales manager