Cadillac Models & History 1905

Inthis third year of production, Cadillac fielded five distinct models:

Some people become confused by thinking that Model E, F, K, M, S, and T are distinct models. They are just one model with different body styles. The E, K, and S are runabouts; the F, M, and T are all other body styles.



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1905 Cadillac

Cadillac Notes

  • After the merger with Leland and Faulconer,
    • C. A. Black was the president of Cadillac
    • A. E. F. White was vice-president
    • Lemuel C. Bowen was Secreetary
    • William H. Murphy was treasurer
    • Wilfred Leland was assistant treasurer
    • Henry M. Leland was general manager
    • William E. Metzger was the sales manager
    • Frank Johnson was chief engineer until 1914
  • There were 156 units of Model D produced and 3556 units of the other models
  • After designing the one cylinder and Model D Cadillacs, Alanson Brush left Leland & Faulconer/Cadillac and extracted a lump sum and royalty payments for use of his patents. This action triggered a plan to purge Cadillac design of Brush influence.
  • Cadillac Automobile Co. and Leland & Faulconer merged in Oct., 1905 to form Cadillac Motor Car Co., Henry Leland became General Manager of the new company.
  • Maximum production capability one car every ten minutes of each ten hour working day.
  • Serial numbers were not used on any of these models. Engine numbers were stamped two places on crankcase.
    1. Top, right edge of cylinder flange, near water outlet.
    2. Right, front face, just below top cover.
  • (Blank spaces on patent plate are for additional patent dates, not engine number.)

1905 Automotive Notes

  • The automobile industry produced 24,250 cars and 750 trucks
  • Maxwell begins production with 2-cylinder models
  • Reo begins production
  • The Ariel car is air-cooled in winter and water-cooled in summer
  • Adams-Farwell features a 3-cylinder rotary engine
  • Oldsmobile includes a 2-cylinder touring model in its lineup
  • Overland leaves the single cylinder cars in favor of two- and four-cylinder models
  • Packard increases its 4-cylinder engine size to produce 28 bhp
  • Studebaker has a 20 bhp 4-cylinder car
  • The Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) is formed
  • The American Motor Car Manufacturers Association is formed
  • Top model year production for 1905