12 Cars That Define Cadillac At Age 110
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That's 110 years of memorable cars, lousy cars, and a lot of cars no one cares about. But it's not just great cars or terrible ones that define a brand's heritage and image. It's the combined history. So Popular Mechanics rifled through Cadillac's history to pick the five greatest cars it has built, the five lousiest, and one that's the greatest of them all.
These are all production Cadillacs—no concept cars, no one-off specials, no presidential limousines and no Popemobiles. These are the cars that once elevated Cadillac into "The Standard of the World" or pushed GM's luxury division to the brink of death.
The Fab Five
It was essentially the first production car with truly interchangeable standardized parts, and that was a breakthrough in 1908. After demonstrating this interchangeability in Great Britain, Cadillac won the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club. That win inspired the "Standard of the World" slogan that has stuck with Cadillac ever since.
The Fab Five
Available only as a convertible, the first Eldorado was Cadillac's glamour car for the '50s. Based on the Series 62 convertible, it sported Cadillac's first wraparound windshield, a provocative dip along its beltline, and a metal cover that concealed the convertible top when it was down. Power came from the same 5.4-liter V-8 that powered all Cadillacs that year. At $7750, the Eldorado was $2000 more expensive than the second most expensive new Cadillac of the time. No surprise, then, that only 532 were made for '53.