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Cars of the GM Heritage Center: An Insider’s Look

AutoNXT Logo By Eric Bellscheidt of AutoNXT | Slide 2 of 61:      An appropriate car to begin with, from a landmark General Motors division. Originally formed from the remnants of Henry Ford’s first car company, Cadillac joined the GM fold in 1909 as the automaker’s luxury marque. The incredible Cadillac pictured here possesses a couple of big “firsts” for the General: it employs the first electric starter on an automobile, as well as electric lights. In its day the car was so significant that it won the prestigious Dewar Trophy, which was an annual award (from the Royal Automobile Club of England) given to the automobile with the best performance or advancements in the industry. How the electric starter came to be is legend itself among GM historians.

1912 Cadillac Model 30

An appropriate car to begin with, from a landmark General Motors division. Originally formed from the remnants of Henry Ford’s first car company, Cadillac joined the GM fold in 1909 as the automaker’s luxury marque. The incredible Cadillac pictured here possesses a couple of big “firsts” for the General: it employs the first electric starter on an automobile, as well as electric lights. In its day the car was so significant that it won the prestigious Dewar Trophy, which was an annual award (from the Royal Automobile Club of England) given to the automobile with the best performance or advancements in the industry. How the electric starter came to be is legend itself among GM historians.

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