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1913 Cadillac

1913 Cadillac Model 30 Five-Passenger Phaeton 1913 Cadillac Model 30 Five-Passenger Phaeton
RM Auctions
Location: Amelia Island, Florida
Auction Results March, 2009 $82,500


1913 Cadillac Roadster 1913 Cadillac Roadster
National Automobile Museum in Reno, Nevada

On the eve of World War I, Cadillac had begun to chip away at the high-end market once dominated by Packard, Peerless and Pierce-Arrow, with its strong engineering and styling. Cadillac launched its revolutionary “electric self-start” in 1912, making the starting procedure far less inconvenient, difficult and dangerous. Cadillacs of this era also featured electrically operated lights, by virtue of their innovative Delco electrical system.

In 1913, Cadillac sales reached a new record with 15,018 cars delivered and Henry Leland, who later established his own luxury car with the Lincoln marque, was Cadillac’s president and general manager. The Cadillac line was justly promoted as the “Standard of the World”, with the launch of a famous and enduring advertising campaign that began in the fall of 1912.

In general, the entire 1913 Cadillac model line benefited from more graceful, sweeping lines thanks in part to its four-inch longer wheelbase that now measured 120 inches. Gone were the last remnants of the carriage era, replaced by bodywork with a full cowl, flowing fenders and fully enclosed driver controls. Mechanically, the Model 30 was powered by Cadillac’s robust vertical, in-line L-head 365.8 cubic inch four-cylinder engine, rated from 40 to 50 horsepower. Advancements for 1913 included a longer stroke, a chain-driven camshaft, enclosed valve stems and a simpler, more compact starter and generator.

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