1903 Cadillac Model A,
Lot 466
1903 Cadillac Model A 6 ½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau 1102
Sold for £47,700 (US$ 81,032) inc. premium
Lot Details
1903 Cadillac Model A 6 ½hp Rear Entrance Tonneau
Registration no. D 1192
Chassis no. 1102
Engine no. 1102

Footnotes

  • Founded by Henry Leland and Robert Faulconer, the Cadillac Automobile Company, of Detroit completed its first car in October 1902 and the firm’s superior manufacturing technology - precision gear cutting was Leland and Faulconer’s first speciality - soon established it as the foremost builder of quality cars in the USA. In 1901, Olds Motor Works had contracted for the supply of Leland-built engines and, when unforeseen circumstances frustrated the plan, Leland and Faulconer formed their own company using funds supplied by two of Henry Ford’s ex-backers, taking its name from the great French explorer who had founded Detriot in 1701. An exemplary performer by the standards of the day, the Cadillac’s 98cu in (1.6-litre) single-cylinder engine - known as ‘Little Hercules’ - was mounted horizontally on the left beneath the front seat and drove via a conventional two-speeds-plus-reverse planetary transmission and centre chain drive to the rear axle. The Model A was available with either two- or four-seat coachwork and has a maximum speed of around 30-35mph.
    This Cadillac Model A, chassis number ‘1102’, is recorded as belonging to Miss Eleanor Welby Madeley of Ashford, Kent in 1904, while in 1905 it was entered for a speed event at Brighton, being documented and illustrated in action in The Automobile Journal of 29th July that year (copy available). Accompanying correspondence from Matt Larson, Cadillac archivist at the GM Heritage Center, contains details of its build specification and states that it was originally shipped to Jonas Auto Co, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, authorised dealer for that state. A four-seater with rear entrance tonneau coachwork, the car was purchased by the current owner in 1989 having been off the road for the preceding 40-or-so years. Registered ‘D 1192’ in the UK and ‘03 DL 192’ in the Republic of Ireland, it is a recent London-to-Brighton entrant and finisher, as well as a successful finisher in the Pioneer Run organised by the Royal Irish Automobile Club. This Brighton-eligible veteran automobile benefits from recently fitted new drive chain and ignition trembler coil, and is ready to form the centrepiece of any serious Cadillac aficionado’s collection. It is offered with VCC Dating Certificate, 1903 Cadillac delivery record and Swansea V5 registration document.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that, although there are photographs of a Model A Cadillac carring the registration plate D1192, we can not be sure that it was this particular car. This car does have an entry for the 2006 London to Brighton run.
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