Car aficionados fondly recall the Cadillac V-16, which was a giant of the luxury automobile market in the 1930s. It was discontinued in 1940, but it provided the inspiration for the 2003 Cadillac Sixteen, which Brauer called a "compelling homage to America's great luxury brands."
A production version of the 1,000-horsepower luxury car was never approved, much to his chagrin. "The 2003 Cadillac Sixteen concept was powered by a 16-cylinder engine with fuel management technology to reduce the active cylinders under light loads," he said. "A production version could truly be the standard of the world."