Ready to show or tour. Trophy winner, reliable driver:
2-speed factory rear end
3rd year of Cadillac electric start
Fat Man Steering Wheel
Bob Lederer heads and transmission (this was Bob's personal car)
Many spare parts
Always maintained - mechanically and cosmetically
1914 marked the last year of the 4-cylinder Cadillac (until 1981). Retaining design elements of the earlier Model “30” cars, the Cadillac Model 1914 still featured an impressive copper water jacketed engine now displacing a full 6.0 Litre (366 cid) via a 4.5” bore and a 5.75” stroke. In 1912, Cadillac achieved the landmark of introducing the first production car to offer electric start thus earning them an additional Dewar’s Award and solidifying the popularity of the brand.
As the Cadillac cars had grown in size and weight, Cadillac employed the use of a 2-speed rear-end in the 1914 Model in order for them to maintain performance attributes that allowed continued sales momentum against the increasingly popular 6-cylinder cars (for 1915, Cadillac introduced the first production “V-8”).
Cadillac offered seven body styles for 1914, this example being the 7-Passenger Touring car with a base selling price of $2,075. For comparison a Ford Model T Touring cost $550 and a new house averaged $3,500.
This car shipped new from Detroit on October 31, 1913 and was sent to the Don Lee agency in Los Angeles, California.
It later surfaced in Reno, Nevada where it was wagered in a Poker Game in 1962. The individual who won the car in the poker match was not up to the task of getting the car in proper condition for operation and sold the car in 1972 at which time the car was restored. Since the mid-1970’s this car has covered over 80,000 miles on many Trans-Continental and other long-distance reliability tours – most recently, a 700-mile tour. Over the past few years, the car has benefited from an engine rebuild together with cosmetic renewal and proper maintenance. It continues to participate in Brass Era tours. ,