History of Cadillac

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When Nixa drivers look at the history of Cadillac, they are really learning about the history of American automotive innovation. That’s because Cadillac history covers some of the most important parts of car history. Find out more about the history of Cadillac, Cadillac logo history, and more with Thompson Cadillac. Then take a look at present-day Cadillac by browsing our Cadillac inventory



Cadillac History: Founding and First Cadillac Ever Made

In 1902 Henry Leland founded Cadillac in Detroit, naming the company after the founder of the city, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. 

A year later (in August, 1903), the first Cadillac hit the road. It was a two-seat “horseless carriage” called the Cadillac Runabout, which generated 10 hp with its single-cylinder engine. It debuted at the New York Auto Show with an $850 price tag. It was soon renamed the Model A. In 1904, the Model B debuted, offering an extended front and transverse front suspension. 

By 1908 Cadillac introduced interchangeable parts to the automotive industry. This revolution changed automotive production and led to Cadillac being the first American car to win the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club of England. No wonder Cadillac adopted the slogan: “The Standard of the World.”

The Cadillac Logo History

One of the most recognizable parts of Cadillac history on Ozark streets is the Cadillac logo. Take a look at the Cadillac logo history, which was originally inspired by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac’s family coat of arms. The Cadillac logo history includes more than 30 redesigns from its origin’s crisp lines and sleek angles. Here are a few of the logo changes made in Cadillac history: 

  • 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—merlettes—were adaptations of the martin.They’re not part of the modern logo. 
  • 1920: The badge incorporated the tulip-bulb wreath from the original trademark with nine points on the crown. 
  • 1933: The crest was given wings and made detachable.
  • 1957: This is when the crests started to look long and wide, which continued through 1959 until the crown was almost out of sight.
  • 1963-Today: No major changes have been made since this design, which was created to be more chiseled to match the brand’s shifting modern style.

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