November 25, 1949 – The 1,000,000th Cadillac

On this day in 1949, a 1949 Cadillac Coupe de Ville rolled off the assembly line, marking the 1,000,000th Cadillac to be manufactured since the company’s inception in 1902. Pictured with the vehicle above are John F. Gordon, General Manager; Don E. Ahrens, General Sales Manager; and C.A. Raftrey, Works Manager.

Standard specs for the 1949 Cadillac Coupe deVille included a 331 V8 that made 160 horsepower. It could power the approximately 4,250 pound car to nearly 100 mph. It averaged 13.5 miles per gallon when equipped with 4 speed Hydra-Matic transmission.

1958 Cadillac Sedan de Ville, same model as the two millionth Cadillac

While it took Cadillac nearly 50 years to reach the one million mark, it’d only be 9 more before the two millionth Caddy hit the streets. It was February 7, 1958 when that car, a Cadillac Sedan deVille, was completed. Aside from these impressive million markers, there have been plenty of interesting milestone cars from the luxury automaker. Let’s take a peek at a few of the most important cars from Cadillac’s early history.

1905 Cadillac Osceola 

1905 Osceola

The 1905 Osceola, seen above with Cadillac founder Henry Leland, was a prototype for an enclosed vehicle. It finally became a production vehicle in 1910 as the Cadillac Model 30, which produced 30 vehicles. It marked the first mass produced enclosed, hardtop car. In 1912 the Model 30 became the first vehicle to feature crankless start, thanks to its electric self-starter. This device was a major shock to the electric car industry, which had promoted itself as a much easier to operate form of transportation compared to hand-crank gas vehicles.

1915 Cadillac Type 51

As the four cylinder Model 30 aged, Cadillac decided to skip what other automakers were already doing, producing six cylinder vehicles. Instead they rolled out the Type 51, which featured a 5.1 liter V8 engine, the first mass produced V8 to hit the American market. In 1930, the automaker doubled up and released a Cadillac V16 engine, pictured below. It became a favorite of the rich and famous before being sliced from the lineup in 1940.

1930 v16 cadillac
1930 Cadillac V16

No doubt Cadillac went on to make some of the greatest cars to ever grace the roadways of the world. What’s your favorite Cadillac model?


classic car clothes

Get an awesome new classic car shirt from This Day in Automotive History. Click here to visit the store and use code AUTO21 at checkout for 33% off any apparel for men, women or kids! Expires 11/30/2021!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

The best way to support This Day in Automotive History is to become a monthly subscriber on Facebook.

Subscriber benefits include:

  • Most importantly, you’re supporting great content about Automotive History
  • Early access to content on Facebook
  • Discounts on our store
  • Special live videos

If you learned something today, please buy me a beer!

No payment method connected. Contact seller.


This Day in Automotive History - the book!

This Day In Automotive History

By Brian Corey

This book tells fascinating tales, bringing individual days to life with short stories, photographs and illustrations.

This Day in Automotive History

This Day in Automotive History is a transportation history, car history and general automotive history website dedicated to providing informative and entertaining content.

We encourage you to share our page and connect with us on Facebook or sign up for our automotive history newsletter. If you’d like your car featured, reach out to us!


Connect with us on Facebook or sign up for our automotive history newsletter to keep in touch.

If you learned something today, please buy me a beer!


Sign up for our automotive history newsletter to keep in touch.