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Unless otherwise specified all photos and illustrations are from Yann Saunders'
collection of Cadillac photos, advertisements and product catalogs, reproduced
courtesy of the Cadillac Motor Car Division and the Cadillac-LaSalle Club, Inc.


Cadillac single-cylinder Model B

[see 1904]


Old Photos


Model B [ still current ]

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Model C

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Towards the end of 1904, Cadillac upgraded the remainder of the Model B touring car production by adding the new hood from the 1905 Model E cars. 
the resulting car (above) was designated the Model C.  This obviously retouched photograph  appears to have been taken in front of  the Cadillac
plant buildings; the rear door to the tonneau unfortunately has swung open, spoiling an otherwise perfect photographic record of this rare car

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In the above three rows,  a restored Model C runabout

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Left: Family outing in 1905, aboard the new Cadillac runabout
Right: Adventurous ladies posing in a photo studio's "dummy" 1905 Cadillac

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The Cadillac Model F touring car in both civilian and military operation




Model E Chassis

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Model E Runabout

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            (Left) The 1905 Model E light runabout was "a light, powerful machine of the semi-racer type, designed for those
who wish business car with great power and capable of high speed on average roads."
It cost $750, F.O.B. Detroit

(Center)  One of the  attractions at a special showing of the new 1955 Cadillac model line, staged at the renowned Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado, 
was this original Model E 1905 light runabout.   Don Ahrens, then Cadillac General manager, is at the wheel. 
Barely visible, right, is the tail section of the new 1955 Eldorado

(Right) The 1905 catalog calls it the Physician's light runabout or Doctor's Delight.   In 1903-1904 many similar runabouts,
with the protective cape top, had been sold to doctors and business men for practical use as everyday
business vehicles.  The prices for the folding tops remained unchanged from 1902




Model F Touring Car ---Model F Delivery

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            (Left) The popularity of the 1904 Model B surrey created a demand from Cadillac for a body with a side door
entrance; the Model F touring car car was a fixed, 4-passenger car,  costing $950; the standard color 
was Brewster green and the was interior beautifully trimmed in hand-buffed, diamond patterned  black leather

(Center) Here is a bird's-eye view of the seating arrangement in the Model F touring car; in this compressed image,
unfortunately the dimensions are illegible; doors were 18" wide, the rear seat 41" and the front one 39"; 
the distance from the rear seat back to the back of the front seat was a comfortable (for 1905!)  36½"

(Right) This Model F Delivery wagon is the first Cadillac ever to be designated as a commercial car;
at $950 it was very popular with  merchants around the country; one buyer calculated that in  just twenty weeks
of use his van had saved him almost $600 over a horse-drawn vehicle; the standard color was maroon

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"You lost your front license tag..."

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An outing in the new Cadillac [Photo:  Internet, 2008]



Mechanical Details
[drawn from the 1905 product catalog]

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(Left) the spark plug; (Center) the carburetor; (Right) the planetary transmission




Model E Survivors
[ runabouts ]

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Under the heading 1902 Single-Cylinder Cadillac Still in Use, the factory published this photo
(in fact, a 1905 model E) in its in-house magazine, Cadillac Clearinghouse, circa 1928
[ Photos courtesy "Chris", great grandson of Cadillac mechanic and test driver, the late Gus Bell ]

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(Left) Nippy Model E runabout  
[ Photo: © 1994, Yann Saunders ]




Model F Survivors
[ touring cars ]

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Left:  Model F touring car (photo: courtesy Katie Robbins, CCCA);
Center: Model F touring car with cape top in position (photo: Internet, 2001);
Right:  color PC (probably a museum photo - Internet, 2008)

Both cars appear to be painted the correct colors, that is Brewster green
for the body and Primrose for the wheels and running gear;
amazingly, many single-cylinder Cadillac models aged ninety years
and more still are giving their current owners the most reliable service

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A survivor in Belgium, formerly of the G. Mahy collection
[ Photo: © 1985, Yann Saunders ]

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A slightly modified survivor from Havana, Cuba

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Two more nice survivors; the car on the right has an erroneous color scheme

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That's not an authentic 1905 color on the left

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Above three rows: these survivors were in attendance at the Cadillac-LaSalle Club Inc.'s
100th Anniversary Grand National meet in Detroit, in  2002
[ Photos: © 2002,  J. Scott Harris ]

This cute survivor with surrey top resides in Norway
[ Photo: courtesy Mässing & Nickel Historical Automobile Club, Sweden ]


Mässing- & Nickel

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This survivor was offered for sale by Hyman, Ltd., in 2008
[ Photos:  Hyman catalog ]

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VIN and patent plate on right

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Model F delivery wagon
[ model on right appears to have a custom, side loading door ]



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The car carries a sign that reads "Cadillac 1903"; in fact it's
a customized 1905 photographed at a rally in the mid 20s





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This early custom job mounted on the single-cylinder Cadillac chassis for 1905 was built around the year's end; it was commissioned from Seavers and Erdman, coach builders in Detroit, for the personal use of Henry M. Leland, founder of the Cadillac Automobile Company in 1902; designed to his own exacting specifications, he named it Osceola, after a respected chief of  the Seminole native American people; the car was 5" taller than it was long  Leland, who drove his cars (and his people) hard, is known to have occasionally flipped Osceola

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Repainted blue, Osceola has been on show for some time
in the Historical Collection of the Cadillac Motor Car Division of GM




Cadillac four-cylinder Model D

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Like the other, new 1905 models (barring the delivery van) the colors of Cadillac's imposing, new
four-cylinder Model D were Brewster green for the body and Primrose for the wheels and running
gear; following the destructive factory fire of  April 13, 1904, reconstruction included a number
of spacious new premises to accommodate the large-scale production of  this gigantic touring car

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© 1996, Yann Saunders and the Cadillac-LaSalle Club, Inc.
[ Background image: To illustrate the power and precision of the new, 4-cylinder Model D,
this period ad showed the car using its headlight to drive a pin into a piece of wood! ]