1903 Cadillac Runabout

Summary

Henry Leland formed Cadillac Motor Company in 1902 from the remains of the Henry Ford Company, Ford's second failed attempt at automobile manufacturing. At $750, the first Cadillacs were relatively inexpensive for their time. These early cars had little in common with the brand's later luxury vehicles, apart from the precision engineering and assembly that became Leland's trademarks.

Henry Leland formed Cadillac Motor Company in 1902 from the remains of the Henry Ford Company, Ford's second failed attempt at automobile manufacturing. At $750, the first Cadillacs were relatively inexpensive for their time. These early cars had little in common with the brand's later luxury vehicles, apart from the precision engineering and assembly that became Leland's trademarks.

Artifact

Automobile

Date Made

1903

Creators

Cadillac Motor Car Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Detroit 

Creator Notes

Made for the Cadillac Motor Car Company

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

29.509.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Metal
Wood (Plant material)
Leather
Rubber (Material)
Brass (Alloy)

Color

Black (Color)
Maroon

Dimensions

Height: 58.25 in

Width: 63.5 in

Length: 110.5 in

Inscriptions

Hubs: CADILLAC AUTOMOBILE CO. DETROIT MICH. U.S.A. On engine: MANUFACTURED BY / CADILLAC MOTOR CAR CO. / DETROIT, MICH. / -PATENTS- / From Oct. &, 1902 to Aug. 16, 1904 / OTHER PATS. PENDING. / NO. 1092.

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