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For Sale at Auction: 1906 Cadillac Antique in Online, Missouri

Vehicle Description


Being sold with title.

  • Older restoration still shows well

  • Brass in terrific condition

  • Possibly once owned by the mayor of Rochester, NY

  • Runs and drives

  • 1964 National Prize Winner at Vintage Motor Car Club of America

This 1906Model K defines what so many customers liked about the Cadillac Roadsters. Sure, they still had the 10 horsepower engine, but they were reliable. The new styling of the tulip design and the flat boattail along with the brass accents made it much more appealing to the eye than some of the others on the road. This car is a two-tone red with a darker red adorning the body and a more vibrant red on the chassis and wheels. The paint shows well as does the Dietz and Rushmore brass work.
It is unknown when the restoration was performed on this car but it appears to have held up very well. Andit runs and drives. The leather seats are in very good condition and although the engine is hidden beneath it, it also shows in good condition. While researching the car, we looked up Mayor Hiram Edgerton (the brass plate on the radiator) and found he was the mayor of Rochester, New York, from 1908 to 1922. We don't know who put the plate on there, but assume it was owned by the good mayor, who must have looked mighty posh driving down the street in his brand new Cadillac upon taking the oath of office!
Four years after the founding of the company, Cadillac wasn't yet the world-beater it became just a few years down the line, but General Manager Henry M. Leland and company certainly had designs on the throne. Leland was already well established as a machine tool maker in Detroit when in 1901, R.E. Olds awarded the Leland, Faulconer and Norton company the contract to produce his Oldsmobile engines. Leland soon pitched Olds an improved version of this engine, but Oldsmobile, still recovering from a major fire in 1901, couldn't shoulder the additional investment. Leland held onto the prototype engine and was running it in his personal Oldsmobile when representatives of the troubled Henry Ford Company, then without their eponymous leader, approached him. According to Tim Pawl, past president and a director of the Cadillac & La Salle Club Museum: "Henry Ford was long gone when the company backers hired Henry Leland to appraise the assets of that company in August 1902 for liquidation.... Henry instead persuaded them to back his new, more powerful engine...and the company was renamed the Cadillac Automobile Company on August 27, 1902."
The single-cylinder market peaked for Cadillac in 1906--the company claimed that 14,000 of the 10hp cars were in use worldwide. Still priced at $750, a Model M and Model K single were available, and an "H" and "L" represented the fours. While there were varieties of body styles, the new "tulip" style made the light cars a sensation. A lovely, upswept line seems to support the seat, with the edge making a petal design. Four-seat, side-entrance cars, runabouts and even Henry Leland's personal doctor's-style coupe all sported this style, which on two-seaters was capped off with a flat boattail.

Vehicle Details

  • 1906 Cadillac Antique
  • Listing ID:CC-1520379
  • Price:Auction Vehicle
  • Location:Online, Missouri
  • Year:1906
  • Make:Cadillac
  • Model:Antique
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:21
  • VIN:8354
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