Cadillac is one of the oldest car brands and is a staple in terms of automobile history. The brand rose from the ashes of the Henry Ford Company after it lost its founder and some main partners. Instead of giving up on the remaining assets, the engineer who appraised the assets created a single cylinder engine which was used to continue the production of automobiles in the plant. This lead to the formation of the Cadillac Automobile company in August 1902. The name was in remembrance of Antoine Laumat de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac.
Just a few years later in 1905, The Cadillac Automobile Company formed a partnerships of sorts with the engineer who created the single cylinder engine and merged with Leland & Faulconer Manufacturing. This changed the brand from The Cadillac Automobile Company to the Cadillac Motor Company. It was from then on that the company aimed to uphold a brand that focused on luxury and high end cars from the finishes to the actual parts. The brand quickly gained a reputation as one of the best and most luxurious car brands in the United States.
Only a year after the merger, Cadillac wasted no time and became the first company to produce fully enclosed cars. In 1908, Cadillac won the Dewar Trophy as a result of being named the company to produce the most significant automobile advancement of the year. This caught the eye of General Motors, who purchased the company in 1909 and made Cadillac their luxury division. This purchase and new direction inspired and motivated those at Cadillac to continue to innovate and by 1912, they were the first manufacturer to use and to incorporate electrical systems that impacted starting, lighting, and even the ignition.
Cadillac is still known today for its sleek design and innovative technology.