The 1926 model of the Cadillac Series 314 was more narrow and taller than previous models as well as offered a more durable nickel-plated radiator with vertical, thermostatically controlled shutters. It also offered tilting headlights and a V-8 engine that offered 80 horsepower through a three-speed manual transmission.
It was apparently also difficult to maintain, namely its 65 lubrication points. The 1926 Cadillac was marketed as “The New Cadillac” because its introduction of body design and amenities. This was a significant vehicle for Cadillac because that was the year the company shifted from Henry Leland engineering to the Earnest Seaholm and Harley Earle.
The Series 314 designation was used chiefly by the sales and mechanical departments. No, it does not refer to geometry, as in pi. It simply referred to the displacement of the car's motor.
The Series 314 came in standard and coach models as well as a host of amenities that ranged from interior hardwood paneling, detachable vanity and smoker cases, silk cord handles and electric gasoline gauge. Bumpers cost $24 extra. Mechanical brakes on all four wheels provided the stopping power.
A total of 27,771 Cadillacs were produced in 1926 at a price tag of between $3,000 and $5,000. The remaining cars sought by collectors often run upwards of $100,000 when they come to auction.