1903 - 1905
2 seats 💺
2497 CADILLAC Model A
have been produced in total on earth
With a high level of craftsmanship and usability, the 1903 Cadillac was well received at the New York Auto show and orders poured in. It was Cadillacâ€™s first car and became known for its reliability and performance.
The car was largely the product of Henry Martyn Leland from Leland and Faulconer. They produced the single-cylinder engine, transmissions, and steering gears for Cadillac.
Model A chassis and bodies were all produced in house at Cadillac. The car was held together by a steel frame that was suspended on longitudinal leaf springs and rigid axles. The engine sat under the driverâ€™s seat and sent power to the rear wheels through a 2-speed transmission and Brown-Lipe differential. Braking was handled only on the rear wheels by applying friction to the half-shafts.
Leland & Faulconer produced the engine which was called the â€œLittle Hercules.â€ The valvetrain was fully actuated and acceleration controlled by sliding cam on the intake valve. With a square bore and stroke of 5 inches, 6.5 horsepower was the advertised rate.
The Model A was available as a 2-seat Runabout for $750 or 4-seat Runabout with Tonneau for $850. In total 2497 cars were produced in Cadillacâ€™s first year of production.