: 1930 Cadillac Limo/ambulance barn find

01-27-13, 08:39 PM
Looking for someone in Calgary with experience working on vintage cadillacs, need someone with experience on V16 and fine tuning. Have a barn find recently bought from private collection in states and brining to calgary to get on road and need some help getting it road worthy not restoring but leaving as is.

01-27-13, 11:59 PM
Maybe run an ad on craig's list in calgary.


  Maybe run an ad on craig's list in calgary.


I googled your car,lots of good info. and pics came up.

01-28-13, 07:49 PM
thanks yes lots of info to certain date but would like to get as much history as possible.

01-29-13, 04:51 AM
OK now that is very cool :)

Chris Cummings
02-06-13, 09:26 AM

I'm new to the forum as well, but I watched that car on the Bonhams website with a lot of interest. The body was a 1930 Cadillac Series 4375-S seven-passenger sedan, according to the body tag on the cowl. A friend of mine told me that the engine number corresponds to a Series 4361-S five-passenger town sedan. It appears to me that the front fenders were heavily modified to resemble those of a 1934 Packard, and the radiator shell has been fabricated to resemble one from a 1934-1935 Cadillac (although there are significant differences). From the photographs, the work appears to have been done in a very professional manner. Extending the back end of the sedan body and incorporating a rear door like that took a lot of careful thought and skillful execution. Those wood and steel composite bodies aren't easy to stretch.

The grey paint and the shape of the scraped-off places where the lettering used to be on the doors and rear windows led me to guess that the car had served on a naval base, perhaps during World War II.

The generator on the driver's side is non-original, and was clearly added to accommodate an emergency vehicle's need for extra power for lighting and siren operation. There's a non-stock voltage regulator on the firewall that must have been added to control the new generator. The original vacuum fuel pumps have been replaced with electric units. And the air intake horns for the carburetors have been cut short, with some kind of home-made air regulating arrangement wired over the openings.

You have a very unique and fascinating vehicle. Of course, it's your choice what to do with it. Even though you don't have much of the early history of the car, it shouts "I have a story!" and you'll never see another one coming at you on the road. At any car meet you take it to, you will be the center of attention.

I own a 1930 Cadillac V-16, and I can give you information on parts, service, etc. You should join the Cadillac & LaSalle Club, if you're not already a member, and the Professional Car Society is full of folks who know a great deal about hearses, ambulances and limousines, and who might be able to tell you about Gibson Motorcoach.

Congratulations on your magnificent catch!

Chris Cummings