Model A Runabout
- Engine Size
- 1 Cylinder
1904 Cadillac Model A Runabout
With a high level of craftsmanship and usability, the 1903 Cadillac Model A was well received at the New York Auto show and orders poured in. It was Cadillac's first car and became known for its reliability and performance.
The car was largely the product of Henry Martyn Leland from Leland and Faulconer. They produced the single-cylinder engine, transmissions, and steering gears for Cadillac.
Model A chassis and bodies were all produced in house at Cadillac. The car was held together by a steel frame that was suspended on longitudinal leaf springs and rigid axles. The engine sat under the driver's seat and sent power to the rear wheels through a 2-speed transmission and Brown-Lipe differential. Braking was handled only on the rear wheels by applying friction to the half-shafts.
Leland & Faulconer produced the engine which was called the “Little Hercules.” The valvetrain was fully actuated and acceleration controlled by sliding cam on the intake valve. With a square bore and stroke of 5 inches, 6.5 horsepower was the advertised rate.
The Model A was available as a 2-seat Runabout for $750 or 4-seat Runabout with Tonneau for $850. In total 2497 cars were produced in Cadillac's first year of production. The 1904 Model A was a continuation of the 1903 model. It had a delivery body with detachable top. Horsepower increased to 8.25. Clincher tires became standard equipment. An optional 60-inch tread was available. A pressure fed multiple oiler was introduced.
This terrific and rare example was restored by a gentleman from Delaware in 2002 and received its AACA Senior Badge # W16280 in 2003. It was an incredible restoration and still shows extremely well today. London to Brighton eligible and as nice as they come.