This very first year Cadillac used modern techniques in the design such as
RACK-AND-PINION Steering, VARIABLE LIFT intake Valve instead
of throttle control and sort-of OVERHEAD VALVE design.
The VARIABLE LIFT inlet valve design is now, a hundred years later, used by BMW in their four cylinder cars - it is probably advertised now as a "new" technique as well!
Cadillac abandoned the variable lift design in 1907 due to patent issues - the individual who held the patent rights had left Cadillac and required royalty.
The OVERHEAD VALVE is a mild overstatement as valve where vertical while piston travel was horizontal.
adopted the VARIABLE LIFT intake Valve technology for its four
cylinder engines as well.
In 1903-1905, Cadillac had manufacured more than 8000 automobiles, making Cadillac the largest automobile maker in the world!
now used dual ignition systems; a magneto low tension system
and a Delco four coil high tension system.
Eighty years later we saw multi coil systems again.
introduced the Delco system with Starting, Ignition and Lighting.
The Starting system used a 24 Volt winding while charging circuit was 6V.
A hundred years later the industry is talking about raising the voltage for starter above the 12V system used for fifty years now. Now 36/42V is discussed.
Cadillac abandoned the 24V system after only one year for cost reasons.
|1915||Cadillac introduced the V8, Left hand steering and Hi/Lo headlight beams.|
|1924||Cadillac introduced four wheel braking.|
|1925||Cadillac had cigar lighters both in the front and back seat, automatic backup lights and electric speedometer.|
|1929||Cadillac introduced Security Plated Glass, electric windshield vipers and synchromesh transmission.|
|1930||Cadillac introduced the V16 with OVERHEAD VALVE design and Vacuum assisted POWER BRAKES.|
|1931||Cadillac had driver adjustable shock absorbers, a feature reintroduced fifty years later in Europe.|
|1933||Cadillac introduced Fisher no-draft individually controlled ventilation.|
|1934||Cadillac introduced individual front suspension with Stabilizer bar and an all steel body.|
|1936||Cadillac introduced Hydraulic BRAKES.|
|1937||Cadillac introduced the famous EGG-CRATE GRILL.|
|1938||Cadillac introduced a new 135 degree L-head V16.|
|1940||Cadillac used the modern and legislated Sealed-Beam headlights.|
|1941||Cadillac introduced the Hydra-Matic automatic transmission.|