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The elegant car is fitted with eight windows, the one-piece windshield being a VV model, the VV standing for Vision Ventilation. Not only was vision clear through the glass but the windshield could be raised with the twist of a handle to allow for ventilation.

Along each side of the lengthy engine hood are five small door that can be opened to let heated air escape from the engine compartment. A sixth, similar door in line but on the cowl, can be opened to permit cool air into the passenger compartment at ankle level.

Mr. Cummings learned that 10 quarts of oil keep his 452-cubic-inch V-16 engine lubricated so it can still develop 175 horsepower, which is capable, he says, of driving the 5,905-pound sedan up to at least 90 mph. The speedometer registers speeds up to 120 mph.

The power is transferred to the rear wheels through a three-speed transmission with synchromesh on the two higher gears. The enormous engine drinks, through a pair of updraft carburetors, from a 25-gallon gasoline tank at a rate of eight to 10 miles per gallon, Mr. Cummings estimates.

Bringing all this mass to a halt was a chore relegated to the brakes on the 148-inch wheelbase. ‘They are very advanced mechanical four-wheel brakes for its time,’ Mr. Cummings says.

Running boards with five rubber strips are illuminated by courtesy lights. Similar lights are on the ceiling and in the spacious rear compartment to light the way for passenger

The original build sheet indicates that the car left the factory with a Kelch heater with a floor register in the rear compartment only. It also was equipped with a radio, which is no longer there. Many of the early automobile radios produced only static and the owners had them removed.

Mr. Cummings points out that for the owner’s convenience, on the right rear of the front seat is a slot to hold an umbrella. Once settled in the comfortable rear seat, the owner could control his privacy by the use of the glass division window or any of the five window shades at his disposal. A clock is built in to the left rear armrest while an ashtray and lighter are in the right armrest. A rooftop vent surrounding the dome light is there to provide an outlet for cigar smoke.

When the chauffeur wasn’t guiding the floor-shift lever through the three forward gears, he was wrestling the shoulderwide, four-spoke wheel to steer the 7.50x19-inch tires. A pair of levers at the hub of the steering wheel control the headlights and the hand throttle.

The interior is original, Mr. Cummings says, as is most of the rest of the Cadillac. The fenders have been repainted, he says. Atop each front fender are mounted parking lights, small replicas of the gigantic headlights that are almost a foot in diameter.

There is no need to tell Mr. Cummings that he is blessedly fortunate; he is already aware of the fact.

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