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Cadillac is without doubt one of Americas favourite cars, even if it is out of reach for most US citizens. Cadillac started building its luxury cars way back in the dawn of the US motor industry, it even pioneered the electric self starting system that we now take for granted. During the 1950's/60's Cadillac also pioneered other groundbreaking ideas such as self-seek radios, self-dipping headlamps and power operation for seats/windows etc.

Cadillac's, or Caddy's" have always been luxury cars which have competed against rivals such as Lincoln, Mercedes and even Rolls-Royce. Famous models have included the outrageous finned '59 models and the long running lines of Biarritz, Eldorado, Seville and Fleetwood.

By the 1970's Caddy's really grown and were considered to ostentatious for most people. In order for it to remain competitive during those fuel conscious days Cadillac introduced a new range of front wheel drive cars that would keep it in the luxury car number one spot for many more years.

Source: Motorbase

1903 to date 

The precision engineering firm of Leland & Faulconer started making internal combustion engines for marine use in 1896. When volume production of the 'Curved Dash' Oldsmobile began, engine manufacture was sub-contracted to both Leland & Faulconer, and the Dodge Brothers. Design was identical, but the former gave better output due to finer tolerances.

In the latter part of 1902 Henry M Leland, then approaching the age of 60, became an automobile manufacturer when with former Ford backers the Cadillac Automobile Company was formed, named after the French explorer who had 'discovered' Detroit some two-hundred years earlier.

Cadillacs were first shown at the New York Motor Show in January 1903 and orders far exceeded possible supply. Somewhere around 2500 cars were made in 1903, with a similar figure the following year. A four-cylinder car was added to the range for 1905, but the singles continued in production until 1908.

The fitting by Cadillac of electric self-starters as standard in 1912 and volume production of V8-engined cars from 1915 had profound effects upon the automobile industry.

Source: Society of Automotive Historians in Britain

Models produced by Cadillac

353/355

1930-1931

355D/Series 10

1934-1935

370/370A

1930-1931

452/452A

1930-1931

60

1936-1936

60 Special

60 Special

1938-1939

60/65

60/65

1937-1938

62 Eldorado

62 Eldorado

1953-1953

62 Eldorado

62 Eldorado

1954-1955

63 De Ville

63 De Ville

1962-0

67 Fleetwood

67 Fleetwood

1964-0

75

75

1936-1939

85

1936-1937

90

90

1938-1940

Allante

Allante

1987-1993

Calais Coupe

Calais Coupe

1965-0

CTS

2004-2004

De Ville

1976-1984

Eldorado

1978-0

Eldorado (1953)

Eldorado (1953)

1953-1953

Eldorado Biarritz

Eldorado Biarritz

1961-1964

Eldorado Biarritz

Eldorado Biarritz

1965-1966

Eldorado Brougham

Eldorado Brougham

1959-1960

Fleetwood Eldorado

Fleetwood Eldorado

1967-1970

Series 61 Sedanet

1948-1949

Series 62 (1946)

1946-1946

Series 75

Series 75

1942-1949

Seville

1975-1979

Seville

1975-1979

Seville

Seville

1979-1985

Seville

1989-1992

Seville STS

Seville STS

2000-0

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