Cars of the GM Heritage Center: An Insider’s Look

© 2015 General Motors LLC. Used with permission, GM Media Archive.© 2015 General Motors LLC. Used with permission, GM Media Archive.
1912 Cadillac Model 30
As the story goes, in the early 1900s a man named Byron Carter stopped on Belle Isle Bridge in Detroit to help a woman crank-start her car. While Carter hand-cranked the car, the engine turned over and then promptly kicked back due to an improperly set spark retarder. The crank handle hit the unfortunate Carter in the jaw, who later died of his injuries due to gangrene-induced pneumonia. Carter had been a close friend of Henry Leland, the head of Cadillac. Inspired to right a wrong, Leland pushed for the electric starter’s development. It made its first appearance on the 1912 Cadillac Model 30. The car features a 256-cubic-inch inline 4-cylinder 4-horsepower engine, and in its day the Model 30 cost $1,800.

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5 thoughts on “Cars of the GM Heritage Center: An Insider’s Look

  1. Great rendition — especially of the Cadillacs. When will we ever see another Cadillac to rival those shown here? We need a new icon without worrying about fuel efficiency and “organic” greenness.

  2. A bright red Cadillac convertible was my ideal car when I was a kid and it still is. They don’t make such gorgeous cars any longer.

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