This unique 1925 Cadillac V-8 Model 314 one-hundred and forty-five inch WB show chassis must have been a delight to view in person. It was used for Cadillac’s exclusive “Custom” Body Series automobiles and powered by a 314 CI L-head ninety-degree V-8 engine backed up by a multiple disc clutch, a three-speed transmission and a rear axle with a 4.5:1 final drive ratio.
The frame, engine blocks and other cast iron, and steel pieces were finely-finished in a dark-colored paint. All of the controls, trim work, and radiator shell were nickel-plated, the aluminum crankcase was polished, and the wooden-spoked artillery wheels were finished with varnish.
To add to the spectacle, the partially cutaway engine appears to have been rotated at a low-speed by an electric motor and gear set. To power this motion, apparently batteries were contained in the wooden box visible under the rear of the chassis.
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