Bonhams | 2018-10-08 | Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum | Venue : Philadelphia, Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Lot No. : 120
Year : 1910
Engine Size : -
Engine No. : #46746
Estimate : US$ 35,000 - 45,000
US$ 56,000
Cadillac Racer Sold


226ci Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
30bhp at 2,300rpm
3-Speed Sliding-Gear Transmission
2-Wheel Mechanical Brakes
*Ex Lindley Bothwell
*Great period correct racer
*Fitted electric starter
*Great car for Vintage Races, or Brass Tours
The first multi-cylinder Cadillac was their 4-cylinder model introduced in 1905. It was a bit primitive in construction upon its unveiling, but Cadillac knew they had to move on from the single-cylinder motors they had become known for. The 4-cylinder engine was truly refined in 1909 with the introduction of the 30 horsepower Model 30. The Model 30 still bore much of the distinctive engineering from the single-cylinder engine, such as the copper water-jackets and unique carburetor, but the new engine was nevertheless a major step forward. With this new model, Cadillac was able to offer a relatively powerful and good performing car, at an excellent price. This combination made the car popular from the start and still keeps the car popular today on antique car tours.
Each successive year after its introduction saw the Cadillac 4-cylinder model gradually upgraded. The engine's displacement was increased, and the car was more refined throughout. The big innovation for 1912 was the introduction of the self-starting system, a first for a production car. This innovation is so central to Cadillac's legacy of being at the forefront of automotive design that it inspired the name for the Cadillac-LaSalle Club's publication The Self-Starter.
Pioneered by legendary automotive engineer Charles Kettering, the idea was put into motion after the death of a good friend of Mr. Kettering, caused by a starting handle injury. Kettering's innovation combined the generator and starter into one unit and proved highly effective.
Built on a 1910 Cadillac chassis, this racer is good looking and bound to be great fun to drive. Cadillac never produced anything quite like this in period, so it is safe to assume it was a well-executed conversion. This conversion may have been done by Lindley Bothwell in 1948-1949, or during a prior ownership. This car was certified under Lindley Bothwell by the AAA as a veteran race car in 1952, and it retains its original registration badge.
This example passed from Mr. Bothwell's estate to a California based Horseless Carriage Club member. It would remain in his ownership until 2008 when it was acquired by the consigner. During his ownership the car has had limited use, but it was kept on the button and maintained regularly.
A fun machine with a great period racer look, this Cadillac should prove great fun on the road, track or on a brass car tour.

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