Cadillac Models & History 1919


The 1919 TYPE 57 was similar to the 1918 Type 57 except:


  • Twenty-five vertical hood louvers.
  • The Phaeton was 38mm lower.
  • There was no Victoria convertible.
  • Instead it replaced the leather roof and rear quarter with aluminum.
  • The Brougham was replaced by a sedan with full width front seat and no emergency seats.
  • The Town Limousine was renamed Town Brougham.
  • The Landaulet, Town Landaulet, and Hearse were dropped.
  • Because Fisher made minor changes in details on the Victoria, Suburban, and Sedan, the bodies were identified as 57-A and 57-B.
  • This was a body designation only, not a Type designation.
  • There was no Type 57-B Cadillac. The 57-B bodies had a square effect at the corners of the body, door and window. The lower edge of the windshields followed the curve of the cowl.

Chassis: No significant change from 1918

Drive Line: No significant changes from 1918.

Engine: No significant changes from 1918.


  • Serial numbers were not used.
  • Engine numbers were stamped on the crankcase just back of the right hand bank of cylinders, and on a plate on the dash.
  • They were also stamped on the fan shaft housing.
  • Engine No.: 57-A-1 through 57-Z-1000 with 1918, and 57-AA-1 through 57-TT-146


Style No. Doors Type Seat Price Weight
NA 4 Touring 7 $3220 1834 kg
NA 4 Phaeton 4 $3220 1784 kg
NA 2 Roadster 2/4 $3220 1757 kg


1919 Cadillac Type 57 Victoria Coupe

3040 2 Type 57 Victoria Coupe 4 $3990 1805 kg
3050 4 Sedan 5 $4215
3260 Imperial Sedan
3210 4 Limousine 7 $4520 2011 kg
NA 4 Imperial 7 $4620
NA 4 Town Brougham 6 $4520 1952 kg
2830 Limousine 8
3140 4 Suburban 7 $4465 1977 kg
3140 – P1200 Imperial Suburban
NA Police Patrol $4050
NA Ambulance $4550

Note: Some overlap existed on new or deleted body styles for 1918 and 1919.


Description Ninety degree V-8 L-head. Heads detachable. Cast iron blocks of four on Aluminum crankcase.
Bore & Stroke 79.4mm x 130.2mm
Displacement 5.153 Liters
Power S.A.E./N.A.C.C. 31.25 HP
Main bearings Three
Valve Lifters Rockers with roller cam follower acting on mechanical lifters
Carburetor float feed, auxiliary air control; manufactured by Cadillac under C. F. Johnson patents


Type Type 57 Type 57 Roadster Type 57 Limousine, Suburban Special Chassis
Wheelbase 3175mm 3175mm 3353mm 3683mm
Tread (front/rear) 1422mm 1422mm 1422mm
Tires 35 x 5 34 x 4-1/2 35 x 5


Transmission Selective sliding gear transmission. Case in unit with engine
Speeds 3 Forward and 1 reverse
Steering location Left drive
Control position Center control (rhd opt)
Clutch Multiple disc, dry plate clutch, 17 discs
Drive Shaft drive
Rear Axle Spiral bevel, full floating rear axle
Overall ratio 4.44:1
Brakes Mech. brakes on two wheels, one external, one internal
Wheels Wood artillery wheels, demountable rims (Rudge-Whitworth wire wheels opt)
Wheel size 25 inches
Optional Drive ratio 3.94:1, 5.07:1


Front bumper $12.50
Rear bumper $12.50
Cigar lighter $5.00
Seat covers $13.50-125.00
Spotlight $7.50
Set of five Rudge-Whitworth wire wheels $150.00
Tire chains $9.00
Rear view mirror $3.75


1919 Cadillac Notes

  • The 1919 Type 57 was a continuation of 1918 Type 57.
  • Model year sales: 20,678.
  • Calendar year production: 19,851.
  • Richard H. Collins was president and general manager
  • Benjamin H. Anibal was chief engineer
  • Earl C. Howard was general sales manager
  • Lynn McNaughton took over as general sales manager

1919 Automotive Notes

  • Industry production drops to 1,651,625 cars and 224,731 trucks
  • William C. Durant was president of GM
  • Pierre S. du Pont was chairman of the board at GM
  • Ford Model T gets an electric starter
  • Auto repair shops start to use a flat-rate pricing system
  • The first 3-color stoplight is installed in Detroit
  • GM buys a majority interest in Fisher Body Company
  • Nash aquires interest in Seaman Body Company
  • The Ford family has sole ownership of Ford Motor Company
  • Edsel Ford is president of Ford
  • Oregon is first state to enact a gasoline tax
  • Ralph de Palma hits a speed record in a Packard 905 to 241 km/h
  • A Duesenberg racing car hits 254 km/h
  • Top model year production for 1919