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The first Cadillac was introduced in October 1902. a 1903 model. the engine was a10-horsepower, single-cylinder The Cadillac cost around $100, and completely sold out at during is initial introduction at the New York City Automobile Show in 1903 . The first engine for Cadillac featured mechanical overhead valves along with a square bore to stroke ratio. Steering was rack-and-pinion (humm', we use that today) . A first Cadillac innovation was it's special split-core nuts that locked a nut to its thread and did not need lock washers.

Cadillac is the second oldest American automobile brand right behind Buick which holds the number one title. Established during 1902 with the name of Cadillac Automobile Company and subsequently acquired by General Motors in 1909 and during the following 30 years became established as America's foremost luxury automobile brand. Cadillac broke new ground for many automotive accessories which included full electrical systems, clashless syncromesh transmission and the all steel roof. Cadillac developed three engines, of which one of those was the V8 engine which established the standard for American automotive industry.

Cadillac was created from the remnants of the Henry Ford Company. After a dispute between Henry Ford and his financial investors, Ford left the organization together a some of his key partners in March 1902. Ford's money backers William Murphy and Lemuel Bowen brought in architect Henry M. Leland of Leland and Faulconer Manufacturing Company to evaluate the plant and equipment in planning for selling off the organization's assets. Rather, Leland influenced the pair to keep fabricating vehicles utilizing Leland's proven single-cylinder engine. A new organization called the Cadillac Automobile Company was created on August 22, 1902, re-purposing the Henry Ford Company manufacturing plant at Cass St. and Amsterdam Ave. It was named after French voyager Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac, who came from France, and he had likewise founded Detroit in 1701.

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Cadillac El Dorado - Ten Generations (1953–2002)

Cadillac El Dorado - 1st Generation (1953)

1953 Cadillac El Dorado Convertible
1953 Cadillac El Dorado Convertible
The Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado joined the Oldsmobile 98 Fiesta, Chevrolet Corvette and Buick Roadmaster Skylark as top-of-the-line, limited-production specialty convertibles introduced in 1953 by General Motors to promote its design leadership. A special-bodied, low-production convertible (532 units in total), it was the production version of the 1952 El Dorado "Golden Anniversary" concept car. Along with borrowing bumper bullets (aka dagmars) from the 1951 GM Le Sabre show car. It featured a full assortment of deluxe accessories and introduced the wraparound windshield and a cut-down beltline to Cadillac standard production.

Cadillac El Dorado - 2nd Generation (1954-1956)

1954 Cadillac El Dorado
1954 Cadillac El Dorado
1955 Cadillac El Dorado
1955 Cadillac El Dorado
1956 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz
1956 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz
In 1954, Eldorado lost its unique sheet metal and shared its basic body shell with standard Cadillacs. Distinguished now mainly by trim pieces, this allowed GM to lower the price and see a substantial increase in sales. The Eldorados had golden identifying crests centered directly behind the air-slot fender breaks and wide fluted beauty panels to decorate the lower rear body sides. These panels were made of extruded aluminum and also appeared on a unique one of a kind Eldorado coupé built for the Reynolds Aluminum Corporation. Also included in the production Eldorado convertible were monogram plates on the doors, wire wheels, and custom interior trimmings with the Cadillac crest embossed on the seat bolsters. Two thousand one hundred and fifty Eldorados were sold, nearly four times as many as in 1953.

Cadillac El Dorado - 3rd Generation (1957-1960)

1957 Cadillac El Dorado
1957 Cadillac El Dorado
1958 Cadillac El Dorado
1958 Cadillac El Dorado
1959 Cadillac El Dorado Brougham
1959 Cadillac El Dorado Brougham
1960 Cadillac El Dorado
1960 Cadillac El Dorado
1957 saw the Eldorado (in both convertible and Seville hardtop body styles) with a revised rear-end design featuring a low, down swept fender line capped by a pointed, in-board fin. The rear fenders were commonly referred to as "chipmunk cheeks". This concept was used for two years, but did not spawn any imitators. Series 62 Eldorados (as distinct from the Series 70 Eldorado Brougham) were further distinguished by the model name above a V-shaped rear deck ornament and on the front fenders. The rear fender and deck contour was trimmed with broad, sculptured stainless steel beauty panels. Also seen were "shark" style fins pointing towards the back of the cars. A three section built in front bumper was another exclusive trait of the Series 62 Eldorados, which came with a long list of standard features. Four specially-built 4-door hardtop Eldorado Sedan Sevilles were also built in 1957.

Cadillac El Dorado - 4th Generation (1961-1964)

1961 Cadillac El Dorado
1961 Cadillac El Dorado
1962 Cadillac El Dorado
1962 Cadillac El Dorado
1963 Cadillac El Dorado
1963 Cadillac El Dorado
1964 Cadillac El Dorado
1964 Cadillac El Dorado
Cadillac was restyled and re-engineered for 1961. The Eldorado Biarritz convertible was technically reclassified as a subseries of the De Ville (Series 6300), a status it would keep through 1964. An Eldorado convertible would remain in the Cadillac line through 1966, but its differences from the rest of the line would be generally more modest. The new grille slanted back towards both the bumper and the hood lip, along the horizontal plane, and sat between dual headlamps. New forward slanting front pillars with non-wraparound windshield glass were seen.

Cadillac El Dorado - 5th Generation (1965-1966)

1965 Cadillac El Dorado Brougham
1965 Cadillac El Dorado Brougham
1966 Cadillac El Dorado Convertible
1966 Cadillac El Dorado Convertible
The Eldorado became a Fleetwood sub-series in 1965, although there was strictly speaking no separate Fleetwood series at this time. It was consequently marketed as the Cadillac Fleetwood Eldorado, in a similar fashion to the Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75 and the Cadillac Fleetwood Sixty Special. The Biarritz nomenclature was finally dropped from sales literature, probably because there was no need to distinguish the convertible from the long absent Seville and Brougham. This was the last generation to be equipped with rear wheel drive.

Cadillac El Dorado - 6th Generation (1967-1970)

1967 Cadillac El Dorado
1967 Cadillac El Dorado
1968 Cadillac El Dorado
1968 Cadillac El Dorado
1969 Cadillac El Dorado
1969 Cadillac El Dorado
1970 Cadillac El Dorado
1970 Cadillac El Dorado
The Eldorado was radically redesigned in 1967 to capitalize on the era's burgeoning personal luxury car market. Promoted as a "personal" Cadillac, it shared the E-body with the second-generation Buick Riviera and the Oldsmobile Toronado, which had been introduced the previous year. To enhance its distinctiveness, Cadillac adopted the Toronado's front-wheel drive Unified Powerplant Package, adapted to a standard Cadillac 429 V8 coupled to a Turbo-Hydramatic 425 automatic transmission. Based on the Turbo-Hydramatic 400, the THM425 placed the torque converter next to the planetary gearbox, which it drove through a metal, motorcycle-style roller chain. Disc brakes were optional, and new standard safety equipment included an energy absorbing steering column and generously padded instrument panel

Cadillac El Dorado - 7th Generation (1971-1978)

1971 Cadillac El Dorado
1971 Cadillac El Dorado
1972 Cadillac El Dorado
1972 Cadillac El Dorado
1973 Cadillac El Dorado
1973 Cadillac El Dorado
1977 Cadillac El Dorado
1977 Cadillac El Dorado
1978 Cadillac El Dorado
1978 Cadillac El Dorado
The 1971 Eldorado was substantially redesigned, growing two inches in length, six in wheelbase and featuring standard fender skirts, all of which gave the car a much heavier appearance than the previous year. Door glass remained frameless, a convertible model rejoined the line-up, and the hardtop rear quarter windows were deleted, replaced by a fixed "opera window" in the widened "C" pillar. This 126.3-inch wheelbase version Eldorado would run through 1978, receiving facelifts in 1973 and 1975. Sales in 1971 set a new record at 27,368. In 1972 sales rose to 40,074.

Cadillac El Dorado - 8th Generation (1979–1985)

1979 Cadillac El Dorado
1979 Cadillac El Dorado
1980 Cadillac El Dorado
1980 Cadillac El Dorado
1983 Cadillac El Dorado
1983 Cadillac El Dorado
1984 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz
1984 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz
1985 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz
1985 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz
For 1979, the Eldorado was new and trimmer, and shared the chassis of both Buick Riviera and the Oldsmobile Toronado. with a smaller fuel efficient 350 and 368 (5.7 and 6.0 liter) V8' engines replacing the 500 and 425 in (8.2 and 7.0 liter) engines. A diesel 350 was also an option.

Cadillac El Dorado - 9th Generation (1986-1991)

1986 Cadillac El Dorado
1986 Cadillac El Dorado
1987 Cadillac El Dorado
1987 Cadillac El Dorado
1988 Cadillac El Dorado
1988 Cadillac El Dorado
1989 Cadillac El Dorado
1989 Cadillac El Dorado
1990 Cadillac El Dorado
1990 Cadillac El Dorado
1991 Cadillac El Dorado
1991 Cadillac El Dorado
The Eldorado was downsized again in 1986, losing about 16" in length and 350 pounds in weight but remaining a rebadged variant of the Oldsmobile Toronado, Buick Riviera, as well as Eldorado's four-door companion, the Cadillac Seville. The coupés from Buick and Oldsmobile both used Buick's 3.8 liter V6 engine, while Cadillac continued to use their exclusive 4.1 liter V8. The convertible bodystyle ceded to the Cadillac Allanté roadster. The ninth generation Eldorado carried a base price of $24,251 which was nearly 16% higher than the 1985 model.

Cadillac El Dorado - 10th Generation (1992-2002)

1992 Cadillac El Dorado
1992 Cadillac El Dorado
1993 Cadillac El Dorado
1993 Cadillac El Dorado
1994 Cadillac El Dorado
1994 Cadillac El Dorado
1995 Cadillac El Dorado
1995 Cadillac El Dorado
1996 Cadillac El Dorado
1996 Cadillac El Dorado
1997 Cadillac El Dorado
1997 Cadillac El Dorado
1998 Cadillac El Dorado
1998 Cadillac El Dorado
1999 Cadillac El Dorado
1999 Cadillac El Dorado
2001 Cadillac El Dorado
2001 Cadillac El Dorado
2002 Cadillac El Dorado
2002 Cadillac El Dorado
The 1992 Eldorado was all new, drawing both interior and exterior styling cues from the 1988 Cadillac Solitaire show car. It was significantly larger than its predecessor—approximately 11" longer, 3" wider, and substantially heavier. Window glass was once again frameless, and shortly after introduction Cadillac's new Northstar V8 became available in both 270 and 295 hp (220 kW) variants, replacing the previous generation's 200 hp (150 kW) 4.9 L L26. Two models were available: Eldorado and Eldorado Touring Coupe.  In 2002 the car was sold under Cadillac ETC (Eldorado Touring Coupe) and ESC (Eldorado Sport Coupe) trim

Cadillac Calais (1965-1976)

1965 Cadillac Calais
1965 Cadillac Calais
1966 Cadillac Calais 2 door hardtop
1966 Cadillac Calais 2 door hardtop
1970 Cadillac Calais 2 door hardtop
1970 Cadillac Calais 2 door hardtop
1974 Cadillac Calais Coupe
1974 Cadillac Calais Coupe
1975 Cadillac Calais
1975 Cadillac Calais
The Calais was the entry-level Cadillac model that was sold from 1965 to 1976. Cadillac renamed its low-priced Series 62 "Calais" in 1965, after the French town and resort which overlooks the narrowest point in the English Channel. In Greek mythology, Calais was also one of two winged sons of Boreas, god of the North Wind, and Oreithyea. For its entire eleven year production, the Cadillac Calais shared its styling with the better-equipped, more expensive Cadillac De Ville.

Cadillac Seville - Five Generations (1976-2004)

Cadillac Seville - 1st Generation (1976-1979)

1976 Cadillac Seville
1976 Cadillac Seville
1977 Cadillac Seville
1977 Cadillac Seville
1978 Cadillac Seville Elagante
1978 Cadillac Seville Elagante
1979 Cadillac Seville
1979 Cadillac Seville
The GM K-body was the car platform designation utilized for the rear wheel drive Cadillac Sevilles 1976 to 1979. Seville was moved to the GM K stage (FWD) platform in 1980, like the GM E stage based Cadillac Eldorado. The Cadillac Seville is a luxury car that was manufactured by Cadillac from 1975 to 2004, as a smaller-sized premium Cadillac. Despite its smaller size, the Seville typically carried the highest price tag among Cadillac's sedan models. It was replaced by the Cadillac STS in 2005.

Cadillac Seville - 2nd Generation (1980-1985)

1980 Cadillac Seville Elagante
1980 Cadillac Seville Elagante
1981 Cadillac Seville
1981 Cadillac Seville
1983 Cadillac Seville
1983 Cadillac Seville
1984 Cadillac Seville
1984 Cadillac Seville
1985 Cadillac Seville
1985 Cadillac Seville
While the first-generation Seville had proved quite successful, it failed in its primary mission of winning over younger import buyers. Marketing research indicated that the car was most popular with older women who wanted a Cadillac in a smaller, more maneuverable size. For the 1980 model year, the Seville's K-body platform became front-wheel drive, based on the E-body of the Eldorado, Buick Riviera and Oldsmobile Toronado.

Cadillac Seville - 3rd Generation (1986-1991)

1986 Cadillac Seville
1986 Cadillac Seville
1988 Cadillac Seville
1988 Cadillac Seville
1989 Cadillac Seville
1989 Cadillac Seville
1990 Cadillac Seville
1990 Cadillac Seville
1991 Cadillac Seville
1991 Cadillac Seville
In 1986, an all-new, much smaller body attempted to combine the crisp angularity of the original Seville with the rounded edges of the new aerodynamic aesthetic. The series featured a transverse-mounted V8 driving the front wheels. The result was: the smaller size and nontraditional styling were regarded by some traditional Cadillac customers as being too similar to secondary cars produced by other GM divisions and customers stayed away. The new Seville also came with a 15% price increase over the 1985 model. This model was considered a disaster, and an exterior refresh was rushed for 1988.

Cadillac Seville - 4th Generation (1992-1997)

1992 Cadillac Seville STS
1992 Cadillac Seville STS
1994 Cadillac Seville STS
1994 Cadillac Seville STS
1995 Cadillac Seville STS
1995 Cadillac Seville STS
1996 Cadillac Seville SLS
1996 Cadillac Seville SLS
1997 Cadillac Seville SLS
1997 Cadillac Seville SLS
For 1992, Cadillac delivered a new, European-flavored Seville with positive reviews as well as customers. The Seville Touring Sedan was Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year for 1992. It also made Car and Driver magazine's Ten Best list that year. The Seville STS adopted styling cues from the 1988 Cadillac Voyage concept car. The 1993 addition of the Northstar System, including the Northstar quad-cam 32-valve aluminum V8 and a new unequal-length control arm rear suspension to the attractive, understated STS helped the Seville increase sales and put Seville back on the best seller list. The wheelbase was back up to 111 inches with a 203.9 inch overall length. The Seville came in two sub-models: The Seville Luxury Sedan (SLS) started with the 4.9 L HT-4900 V8 but got a 270 hp LD8 Northstar V8 for 1994 The Seville Touring Sedan (STS) also started with the 4.9 L HT-4900 in 1992 but was upgraded to the 295 hp L37 Northstar in 1993

Cadillac Seville - 5th Generation (1998-2004)

1998 Cadillac Seville STS
1998 Cadillac Seville STS
1998 Cadillac Seville STS
1999 Cadillac Seville STS
2002 Cadillac Seville STS
2002 Cadillac Seville STS
2003 Cadillac Seville STS
2003 Cadillac Seville STS
2004 Cadillac Seville SLS
2004 Cadillac Seville SLS
The Seville was updated for 1998, and was now built on GM's G platform; however GM chose to continue to refer to it as the K platform. It was the first Cadillac launched with a European type approval number in Europe such as United Kingdom first, and then Germany, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Finland and other in markets. Production of the Seville STS ended on May 16, 2003. Seville SLS production ended seven months later on December 4, 2003. In 2004, only the Seville SLS model was available for purchase. The Seville model name was discontinued for 2005 and replaced with the Cadillac STS.

Cadillac Catera (1997-2001)

1997 Cadillac Catera
1997 Cadillac Catera
1998 Cadillac Catera
1998 Cadillac Catera
1999 Cadillac Catera
1999 Cadillac Catera
2000 Cadillac Catera
2000 Cadillac Catera
2001 Cadillac Catera
2001 Cadillac Catera
The Cadillac Catera is a four-door, five passenger luxury sedan manufactured from 1996 to 2001 in Rüsselsheim, Germany, by Opel, and marketed in the United States by Cadillac as a rebadged variant of the Opel Omega B—with approximately 95,000 in total sales over five model years.  <-Previous Cadillacs Page - More Cadillacs Page->

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