One of the World’s Oldest Luxury Automobile Makers is 110 (and two days)!

Happy Birthday to you, Cadillac!  110 years and two days ago, Cadillac was formed by Henry Leland.  Henry Leland took the remnants of the Henry Ford Company, and started Cadillac.  110 years and two days later, Cadillac is still very much a part of the luxury automobile industry.  In honor of the 110th anniversary of Caddy, here is a list of the top five coolest Cadillacs from Motor Trend.  After that, I will add about one or two to the list.  Feel free to comment with your favorite Caddy.  I can’t wait to see what your favorites are!

1937 Cadillac Phaeton model 5859 — Look up classic beauty in the dictionary, and you’ll see an image of the custom-built 1937 Cadillac Fleetwood V-16 shown here. The Phaeton model 5859 was built by coachbuilder Fran Roxas who relied on the original blueprints of Cadillac designer John Hampshire. The original sketches of the powerful V-16 car served as inspiration for the Ciel concept car.

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1937 Cadillac Phaeton model 5859

1949 Cadillac— The 1949 Cadillac was a major step forward for the company, as the outgoing car’s ancient L-head V-8 was replaced by a flathead V-8 that put out 10 more horsepower (160 versus 150). The new engine was about 200 pounds lighter, revved higher, and got better fuel mileage. The Cadillac was also named as Motor Trend’s very first Car of the Year!

1949 Cadillac Series 62 Club Coupe

1959 Cadillac Eldorado — This beauty incorporated new styling, with sharp and massive tailfins that have gone down in automotive history. Its twin-bullet taillights, and jewel-like grille added to its appeal, and let’s not forget its name translates to “the golden one” in Spanish.

1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible

Cadillac Ciel concept — The Cadillac Ciel is just a concept, but it’s still one of the most gorgeous cars we’ve ever seen wearing the brand’s logo. Cadillac Ciel Concept Left Front Driving 300x187 image

The Ciel concept stunned spectators at Pebble Beach last year with its effortless combination of strong retro themes with Cadillac’s current design language. The four-door convertible wears rear-hinged “suicide” doors, and is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.6 liter V-6 mated to a hybrid all-wheel-drive drivetrain producing an estimated 425 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque.

Cadillac CTS-V (second generation) — Where do we even begin? The CTS-V is fast, has a wonderfully composed chassis, and looks like a million bucks on the road. How do we know? We had a CTS-V in our garage for a year, and nearly everyone who got seat time with the beast fell in love.

2009 cadillac CTS V

2009 Cadillac CTS-V

Here’s my list of MY favorite Cadillacs:

2003 Cadillac CTS:  The 2003 Caddy CTS was a game-changer for Cadillac.  This was one of Cadillac’s darkest days, and the CTS is really what saved Cadillac from becoming limos.  It was the first sporty Cadillac since the mid-50’s.  This is a beautiful car that deserves a lot of recognition.  Over 300,000 were sold before production ended for the first generation in 2008.

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2003 Cadillac CTS

Cadillac Escalade:  All three generations.  The Cadillac Escalade was introduced for the 1999 model year in response to the Lincoln Navigator, the Mercedes-Benz ML320/350/500, and the Lexus RX300.  The first generation didn’t sell well.  The second generation sold very well.  Money was looser than it is now.  People bought Escalades because they could.  The third generation is currently the best-selling Cadillac of the 21st Century.  According to the National Highway Loss Administration, the Cadillac Escalade is the most-stolen vehicle in the U.S.

1999 Cadillac Escalade

P.S.  Google Images is always a good place to find nice pictures of a Caddy that you want to attach for the comment.