History of Cadillac

December 12th, 2021 by
2022 Cadillac Escalade at night

Ever wondered about the history of the iconic Cadillac brand? The company was founded over almost a hundred and twenty years ago and has grown to include some of the most recognizable vehicles in history. If you’re interested in learning about the Cadillac logo history, the first Cadillacs ever made, and much more, you’ve come to the right place! Learn all about the history of Cadillac, then head to our online inventory to pick out a model for your Odessa drives.

When Was Cadillac Founded?

The Cadillac Automobile Company, as it was originally called, was named after the founder of Detroit, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. It was founded in 1902 by Henry Leland after the decline of the Henry Ford Company. One of Cadillac’s most famous contributions to the auto industry is the idea of interchangeable parts, introduced after only six years in business. As the years went on, Cadillac enjoyed considerable success and adopted the slogan “Standard of the World” to reflect their achievements in the auto industry. In fact, Cadillac was the first American Car to win the Royal Automobile Club of England’s prestigious Dewar Trophy for their accomplishments in the field of car production.

What Was the First Cadillac Ever Made?

The first Cadillac ever made was built in 1903, and was called the Cadillac Runabout. It was described as a “horseless carriage” with a 10-horsepower single-cylinder engine and seating for two. It debuted at the New York Auto Show in August 1903 for the price of $850 (over $24,000 in 2021!). After its debut, Cadillac renamed the Runabout to the Model A, and introduced a Model B in 1904, offering an extended front and transverse front suspension.

The Cadillac Logo History

Like the Cadillac name, the iconic logo took its inspiration from Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, modeled after his personal coat of arms. However, the logo underwent over 30 redesigns over the course of the company’s history to include symbols of all shapes and sizes. Here are some highlights in the history of the Cadillac coat of arms:

  • 1906: The Cadillac logo was designed after Antoine de le Mothe’s coat of arms, divided into a coat and shield to signify the Cadillac’s family descent from the royal counts of Toulouse. The logo also included birds, called merlettes, that are not found on the Cadillac logo of today.
  • 1920: The logo changes the nine-point crown on the original coat of arms to seven points instead, until 1925.
  • 1933: The Cadillac crest is given wings and made detachable.
  • 1957: The logo becomes longer and wider, more closely reflecting today’s Cadillac crest. The crown element became smaller and smaller until it was nearly out of sight by 1959.
  • 1963-present: The logo becomes a bit sharper and more chiseled, but otherwise stays largely the same.

Find Your Favorite Cadillac at Sewell Cadillac of Midland

Now that you know a bit about the history of Cadillac, you may be interested in checking out some of our available models. Feel free to stop by our dealership to take a Cadillac out for a test drive around Andrews! You can also contact our office with any questions or to learn more about our Cadillac lineup. And don’t forget to take advantage of our new vehicle specials if you’re looking to save on your next Cadillac!


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