History of Cadillac

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Cadillac, like many great brands, started with a sketch that would change the way vehicles were produced. There’s much to learn about Cadillac, the founders, and the Cadillac logo history. Who better to ask than City Cadillac? Once you have answers to your questions about Cadillac history, take your favorite for a test drive around Astoria.

When Was Cadillac Founded?

Cadillac was founded in 1902 by Henry Leland who named the company after the founder of Detroit, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. After just six years, the Cadillac company brought forward the innovation of interchangeable parts to the automotive industry which changed the future of car production. Because of this, Cadillac became the first American car to win the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club of England. This high-praise is what brought this brand to adopt the slogan “Standard of the World.”

What Was the First Cadillac Ever Made?

The first Cadillac was the Cadillac Runabout built in 1903. This was a 2-seater “horseless carriage” powered by a 10 hp, single-cylinder engine. This model was introduced in August 1903 at the New York Auto Show and was priced at $850. This model was soon renamed Model A as the new and improved Model B added an extended front and transversed front suspension. Model B was introduced in 1904.

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The Cadillac Logo History

The Cadillac wreath and crest was inspired by the coat of arms of Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, a French adventurer and founder of Detroit. The original Cadillac logo has been redesigned more than 30 times over the past 100 years. This logo started out with crisper lines and sleeker angles to stand with the company’s “Art and Science” designs. Here are some of the different logos throughout the years:

  • 1906: The crest was divided into two parts, a coat and shield. The shield signified that the family descended from the royal counts of Toulouse. The birds, or merlettes, were adaptations of the martin and won’t be found on the crests of today.
  • 1920: The badge incorporated the tulip-bulb wreath from the original trademark with nine points on the crown. The crown reverted to seven points up until 1925.
  • 1933: To match the brand’s design element, the crest was given wings and made detachable.
  • 1957: This is when the crests started to look long and wide. This continued through 1959 until the crown was almost out of sight.
  • 1963-Today: No major changes have been made since designed to be a tad more chiseled to match the brand perfectly.

Find Your Favorite Cadillac at City Cadillac

The best way to experience a Cadillac model is to take your favorite for a test drive. Looking to learn more about the history of our models or about the MyCadillac App? We can help. Contact us at City Cadillac today to find out more about our models, such as which Cadillacs have AWD, services, to find out what the Cadillac warranty covers, to compare models like the Cadillac XT5 vs. Lexus RX 350, browse our used SUV and crossover inventory, and more!

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