1911 Cadillac Model 30 Demi-Tonneau
32.4 bhp, 286.3 cu. in. L-head four-cylinder engine, Schebler Model L carburetor, three-speed selective sliding gear manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, full-floating rear axle with torsion link, longitudinal semi-elliptic leaf springs and single transverse leaf spring, and rear-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 116"
- From an important private collection
- Beautifully restored by a marque specialist
- Well equipped with several period options and accessories
- From the last year of Demi-Tonneau production
Cadillac was less than a decade old when this 1911 Cadillac Model 30 Demi-Tonneau was built, but the marque had already established itself as a builder of high-quality automobiles. By 1910, demand was so high that Cadillac was pre-selling all seven models, and in 1911, production reached a new record of 10,019 cars.
Alas, the times were changing, and 1911 was the final year for the Demi-Tonneau, which allowed quick conversion from a four-seat touring car to a stylish two-seat runabout. Its $1,700 price tag was identical to that of the Roadster and the standard Touring car. Standard Model 30 equipment included hand-buffed leather upholstery, a Delco ignition and a Bosch magneto, gas headlamps and a gas generator, a pair of side oil lamps, a tail lamp, a horn, a tool set and a tire repair kit. Although standard on most of the Model 30 range, 1911 would be the last year any Cadillac would be fitted with gas headlamps and oil lamps.
For 1911, Cadillac had increased the size of its standard L-head four-cylinder engine to 286.3 cubic inches, resulting in a power increase from 28.9 to 32.4 A.L.A.M. horsepower. A marque specialist restored this Model 30 before it was acquired by the current owner in 2005. Finished with a blue body, black fenders and a light grey chassis, running gear and wheels, it is complemented by black button-tufted leather seats and a black canvas top. It is complete with a full set of Gray and Davis side lamps, headlamps and a tail lamp, as well as a New Haven clock, a 70-mph Cadillac speedometer, a folding windshield and all-white tires. As interest in Brass Era motor cars continues, the demand for great cars increases, and it is increasingly difficult to find examples presented as beautifully as the Model 30 shown here.