Cadillac Model 30, 1914
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Cadillac Model 30, 1914

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Cadillac Model 30 Speedster, year 1914. Colour yellow/black with dark red leather seats. Red painted wood artillery wheels. This unique veteran Cadillac was sold new 99 years ago by the Cadillac representative in Houston, Texas, USA. The first owner was Mr. A. Gouldman living in the same town. In the late 1950'ies the Cadillac was sold to the fellow American Mr. L.H. Damge. The automobile has been owned by only a few cautious owners for almost a century. The chassis is in very good super original condition! VERY UNIQUE. The seller has spoken to the grandson of Mr. Damge who shared information that this automobile has driven at Daytona before his grandfather purchased the car in the 1950'ies. This and other information is being investigated at this very moment. This unique veteran Cadillac comes complete with factory papers and history file.
The presented veteran Cadillac shows striking original details like an electric starter motor and a power tire pump! In 1912 Cadillac was the first car manufacturer to introduce an integral electric system with electric starter and Electric lights! The Cadillac make was very highly regarded by the high quality standards and smart innovations which gave Cadillac a leading edge to the competition.


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The Cadillac Model 30 was presented in the year 1908 with a phenomenal price tag of $1400. The chassis with 106 inch wheelbase was available with various bodywork styles. Motorists were offered a three seat Roadster, a two-door 'Demi-Tonneau' with four seats and a two-door Tourer with ample room for five passengers. Through the years engines with increasing capacities were fitted, the ultimate and last presented in 1914: 6 Litre water cooled four cylinder in-line type featuring a 5-bearing crankshaft. After this last four cylinder engine Cadillac introduced the V8 engine!
Cadillac was a very innovative firm which came with ideas and solutions ahead of the competition. In the early 1900's the Cadillac firm standardised all mechanical parts which of course calls for utmost precision! From then (spare) parts could be fitted without any machining.

To prove the quality of the Cadillac cars and the interchangeability of their parts Cadillac had three 1907 Cadillac Model K cars taken from the British agents London showroom in February 1908... The cars were driven 25 miles to the famous Brooklands race course in Weybridge. There the cars were parked in three brick sheds and they were disassembled into about 720 pieces... After that the parts were scrambled together in one big pile. 89 crucial parts needing utmost precision were taken from the pile and replaced by NEW spare parts from the London dealer stock. The parts were then randomly chosen from the pile to build three cars again using each others components... The rebuild succeeded and all three cars were able to start and drive! After this feat the cars were driven for 500 miles on Brooklands race course. This run was completed successfully by all three Cadillacs!

This standardisation of parts was a first in the auto industry and an important step leading to the development of the modern assembly line. In 1910 they were the first to introduce a chassis with fully closed bodywork. In 1912 they were the first to present an integral electrical system, electric starter motor and electric lights! The Cadillac Model 30 is therefore the worlds first car incorporating these innovations!

Technical data

Four cylinder in-line engine (L-head)
cylinder capacity: 6.0 Litre (365,8 Ci).
carburettor: 1 Zenith
top-speed: over 100 km/h.
gearbox: 3-speed forward, 1-speed reverse (manual)
transmission: shaft drive to Timken two speed (low and high gearing) bevel drive differential within full floating rear axle
brakes: mechanical operated brakes at the rear wheels
wheels: 10-12 spoke 27 inch wood artillery wheels with detachable rims.

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