1912 Cadillac Model 30
In 1908, the Cadillac Model K was awarded the Dewar Trophy for interchangeable parts. In 1912, the Cadillac Model 30 won the Dewar Trophy again, this time for possessing an electric starter and lights. According to legend, the impetus for the electric starter occurred on the Belle Isle Bridge when a fellow stopped to help a woman crank-start her car. Tragically, the starting handle was flung when the engine turned over, injuring the Good Samaritan, who later succumbed to his wounds. This man was a dear friend of then-head of Cadillac, Henry Leland. Driven to act, Leland pushed for the development of the electric starter that first appeared in the 1912 Cadillac Model 30. The 1912 Cadillac Model 30 cost $1800 and sported a four cylinder, 40 horsepower engine.
Engine: 256 CID, Inline 4, 40 Horsepower. Base Price: $1,800