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Founded in 1902, the
Car Division" is one of the oldest
car companies that's still around.
In 1910, Cadillac became the first
company to offer a passenger car with
a fully enclosed cabin, a major change
from the cars of the time.
Al Capone’s bulletproof 1928 Cadillac sedan
became the first bulletproof Presidential car
for Franklin D. Roosevelt on the evening of the
Pearl Harbor bombing.
It had been impounded by the government
when Capone was sentenced to prison, and
the Secret Service decided to use it for the
Al Capone’s 1928 Cadillac was outfitted
with glass windows about 1in. thick.
Bullets could not penetrate through them
and around the armored plating weighing
over 1.5 tons.
This exceptional vehicle could hold a machine
gun while the rear had an opening where
occupants can fire with ease.
While there is no evidence the President
used the car, he did say in an interview
that he hoped “Mr Capone doesn’t mind.”
Al Capone owned one of the Cadillacs
used in The Godfather and The Untouchables.
His 1929 Cadillac was a favorite getaway car,
it had a pair of bullet holes to prove it.
Paramount Pictures bought the car and
used it in the films.
Did you know Cadillac fins were inspired
by the Lockheed Lightning P-38 fighter?
Head of General Motor's art and color
department, Harley Earl was fascinated
with the P-38 rudders.
Earl's fascination turned into reality by
1948 when the first finned Cadillac was
cruising the road.
The public loved them, and soon the race
was on for the flashiest fins.
These Cadillacs set a design trend that lasted
In 1953, the
Cadillac Eldorado was actually
patterned after a General Motors 1952
"dream machine concept car".
It's industry-first wraparound windshield,
stylish low cut doors, chromed wire wheels,
and leather interior made it an instant hit.
Eldorado means, "the gilded one" , and as
America's foremost luxury car and status symbol,
the Cadillac Eldorado certainly has lived up
to its name.
In 1955, the Cadillac Eldorado was further
separated from the crowd with the addition
of "rocketship" tail-fins on the rear fenders.
This instantly identified the Eldorado as the
king of tail-fins.
Also exclusive to the classic Cadillac
Eldorado were the "sabre spoke" wheels.
Flashy and gorgeous, they remained a
distinctive Eldorado feature until the 1958
Cadillac fins reached their highest
peak with the Eldorado Biarritz convertible.
Often, dealers would park these cars in
with their fins facing toward the display
windows and leave the tail lights on all night.
King of the big-finned cars, the Eldorado
remains one of the most collectible of
Henry M. Leland
1843 – 1932 apprenticed
under gun-maker Samuel Colt.
1814 – 1862
Colt was an American inventor, industrialist
and businessman who established Colt's
Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company
(now Colt's Manufacturing Company)
and made the mass production of revolvers
Cadillac’s founder worked under the
He was in Colt’s revolver factory where
he learned precision tuning.
His experience allowed him to understand
the makings of a car, its engine, and
other parts of the machinery.
The Cadillac Escalade is designed
deliver powerful performance.
Did you know that the Cadillac Escalade's
6.2L V8 engine is just as suitable for
the race track?
With a few modifications, the engine found
in the luxury SUV also powers the
race cars on Cadillac’s successful
Escalade means “an act of scaling,
especially the walls of a fortification.”
The Cadillac Escalade is a full-size luxury
SUV engineered and manufactured by GM.
It was Cadillac's first major entry into the
The Escalade was introduced for the 1999
model year in response to competition from
the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class and Lexus LX
as well as Ford's 1998 release of
The launch of this luxury SUV was intended
to control the car market led by GM’s
model became the first luxury
SUV to offer full LED headlights, and
the 2015 model stepped it up in offering
LED high-beam headlamps and tail-lamps
with total internal reflection.
The 2009 Escalade also became the
world’s first full-size luxury SUV hybrid.