<b>1912 Cadillac Racer</b><br />Engine no. 65002

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Lot 418
1912 Cadillac Racer

Sold for US$ 63,800 inc. premium
1912 Cadillac Racer
Engine no. 65002

286ci L-Head 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
32.4bhp, Twin-Plug Dual-Ignition System
3-Speed Sliding-Gear Transmission
Front Semi-Elliptic Springs, Rear Three-Quarter Elliptic Springs
Rear Mechanical Brakes, Hand and Foot

THE 1912 CADILLAC

The first multi-cylinder Cadillac was their 4-cylinder model introduced in 1905. It was a bit primitive in construction upon its unveiling, but Cadillac knew they had to move on from the single-cylinder motors they had become known for. The 4-cylinder engine was truly refined in 1909 with the introduction of the 30 horsepower Model 30. The Model 30 still bore much of the distinctive engineering from the single-cylinder engine, such as the copper water-jackets and unique carburetor, but the new engine was nevertheless a major step forward. With this new model, Cadillac was able to offer a relatively powerful and good performing car, at an excellent price. This combination made the car popular from the start and still keeps the car popular today on antique car tours.

Each successive year after its introduction saw the Cadillac 4-cylinder model gradually upgraded. The engine's displacement was increased, and the car was more refined throughout. The big innovation for 1912 was the introduction of the self-starting system, a first for a production car. This innovation is so central to Cadillac's legacy of being at the forefront of automotive design that it inspired the name for the Cadillac-LaSalle Club's publication The Self-Starter.

Pioneered by legendary automotive engineer Charles Kettering, the idea was put into motion after the death of a good friend of Mr. Kettering, caused by a starting handle injury. Kettering's innovation combined the generator and starter into one unit, and proved highly effective.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Built on a 1912 Cadillac chassis this racer is good looking and bound to be great fun to drive. Cadillac never produced anything quite like this in period so it would be assumed it was a well-executed conversion. The Cadillac four motor makes good power and weight has been kept to a bare minimum in the typical racer style of the day. A long-time part of the Bothwell collection no acquisition date is on file to know exactly when it was acquired.

Today the Cadillac sports fresh looking cosmetics with a great racer look. Known to have been used regularly in recent years this car should be easy to get back in road condition. Despite its racer look it still has all the gear necessary for road use and touring including the original electric headlights.

A fun machine with a great period racer look this Cadillac should prove great fun on the road, track or on a brass car tour.

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<b>1912 Cadillac Racer</b><br />Engine no. 65002
<b>1912 Cadillac Racer</b><br />Engine no. 65002
<b>1912 Cadillac Racer</b><br />Engine no. 65002
<b>1912 Cadillac Racer</b><br />Engine no. 65002
<b>1912 Cadillac Racer</b><br />Engine no. 65002
<b>1912 Cadillac Racer</b><br />Engine no. 65002
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