The Fascinating Cadillac History

Red 2021 Cadillac CT4 driving on highway

If you enjoy driving your used or new Cadillac vehicle around Yonkers, you may have wondered what made the Cadillac brand become one of the top leaders in the segment. You’re in for a treat. The Cadillac history is an interesting one because the innovations Cadillac has brought throughout history to the automotive industry is an accurate reflection of its philosophy today. 

New Cadillac vehicles continue to push the brink of engineering and the brand repeatedly redefines luxury. Today, the experts at the Pepe Auto Group are going to answer the following questions to help you learn more about the history of Cadillac:

  • When was Cadillac founded?
  • What was the first Cadillac ever made?
  • What is the Cadillac logo history?

Beginnings of Cadillac

When was Cadillac founded? The history of Cadillac began in 1902. Henry Leland found Cadillac and named the company after the founder of Detroit, Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. In typical Cadillac fashion, the brand began revolutionizing the automotive industry. Just six years after the brand began, Cadillac introduced the idea of interchangeable parts on automobiles.

This proves to be a groundbreaking innovation to the production of vehicles. In fact, this innovation was so important that Cadillac became the first American manufacturer to win the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club of England. From then on, the brand understandably adopted the “Standard of the World” slogan.

The First Cadillac Model

We’ve explained, “When was Cadillac founded?” but what was the first Cadillac ever made? The first Cadillac was built in 1903, named the Cadillac Runabout. It was introduced in August 1903 at the New York Auto Show. The Cadillac Runabout was a “horseless carriage” that featured two seats and a single-cylinder, 10 horsepower engine. The Cadillac Runabout was priced at around $850 and was later renamed the Model A. The Model B was then introduced in 1904 with an extended front and transverse front suspension.

What is the Cadillac Logo History?

The Cadillac logo history is an exciting one. It features a wreath and crest that was inspired by the coat of arms of Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. Over the past 100 years, the logo has been redesigned over 30 times to keep up with the company’s different revelations. It has slowly become a recognizable logo that stands out in New Rochelle traffic. Let’s take a quick look at the Cadillac logo history:


  • 1906: There were two main parts to the Cadillac crest, a coat and a shield. The shield was supposed to signify that the family was a descendant from the royal counts of Toulouse. There were also merlettes or birds that were supposed to represent the martin. These elements of the crest are not found on the Cadillac logo of today.
  • 1920: The Cadillac logo introduced a tulip-bulb wreath that was seen on the original trademark that featured nine points on the crown. Up until 1925, the nine points became seven points.
  • 1933: In 1933, Cadillac wanted the logo to match the brand’s design elements, therefore the crest became detachable and was introduced with wings.
  • 1957: The crest begins to look more like the modern-day adaptations and starts to become longer and wider. This lasted until around 1959 when the crown was pretty much done away with.
  • 1963-Today: From 1963 on, the logo continues to be revised to match the brand’s image but features no major changes.


There’s a Cadillac Waiting for You at the Pepe Auto Group!

Whether you appreciate a fuel-efficient Cadillac for your West Chester commute or desire a cavernous cabin found in new Cadillac models for White Plains drives, there’s a new Cadillac waiting for you at the Pepe Auto Group. Contact us online to inquire about your favorite luxury model.


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