Are you an auto aficionado, or do you just fancy a well-made car? Is Cadillac the only car you have owned and the only car you will ever own? Even if you do not own a Cadillac, you probably know a thing or two about the iconic luxury carmaker. If you think you know enough to ace this quiz, let's get started.
Cadillacs have been rolling off the assembly line since the turn of the 20th century. Known for its ability to create a luxury vehicle that offers status and dependability for car owners, Cadillac was actually formed from the remains of Henry Ford's car company. Ford left the company, and his partners were going to sell off the company's assets, but Henry M. Leland stepped in and suggested that they keep manufacturing cars at the facility. The rest is history, luxury history that is. Since then, Cadillac has introduced features such as climate control, airbags, electric systems, and even on-board whiskey glasses and makeup stations. Of course, some of these "luxuries" are now standard on just about every modern car built, but some (we're talking about you whiskey glasses) will remain in Cadillac history.
Are you ready to prove how much you know about Cadillac?
We thought we'd start out with an easy one. The Cadillac company is based in the United States. If you missed this one, you might want to study up on the company before you take the rest of this quiz.
Ok, so we're working our way from super easy questions to harder ones, but this one is a gimme. Cadillac, as most people know, makes luxury autos.
Cadillac is a division of General Motors. Many people think that Cadillac is a stand-alone brand because the association is not a big part of either company's ads.
Cadillac included the electric start feature on its cars in 1912. Before that, to start a car, one had to crank it by hand.
Cadillac was founded in 1902. The company was built upon the Henry Ford automaker's company.
The Cadillac company got its name from French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. He is the founder of Detroit, Michigan.
The Cadillac crest, that iconic symbol on every Cadillac on the road, is based on the coat of arms of Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, after whom the company was named. Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac was the founder of Detroit, Michigan.
Cadillac helped introduce the V8 engine to the U.S. in 1914. The V8 was a powerful motor used in what has always been perceived as a powerful car.
General Motors bought Cadillac in 1909. Cadillac did not need GM's help to become one of the most iconic brands, though. Cadillac was already a recognized luxury carmaker before the GM purchase.
The 1950 Cadillac Debutante included the use of leopard fur for the seat upholstery. This model also included gold-plated accessories.
The Runabout and the Tonneau were both introduced by Cadillac in 1903. The Sportage is a Kia.
Cadillac's first models were the Runabout and the Tonneau, both introduced in 1903. These models were simple one-cylinder motors and incorporated 10 horsepower in what were then known as horseless carriages.
Like any early auto, Cadillacs were called horseless carriages. That's why the term "horsepower" was used. The power of early autos were gauged by the number of horses that would be needed to produce the same amount of power.
The first Cadillac models had two seats. Most early horseless carriages did. More passengers would have required more horsepower.
The 1915 Cadillac V8 engine could reach a top speed of 65 mph. Unfortunately, traveling this fast on the pitted roads of the time would probably cause problems.
The Fleetwood and the Seville are both Cadillac models. The Edge is a Ford.
Cadillac introduced the V-16 engine in 1930.
The Cadillac Type 55 Touring Model was used as a staff car during WWI. The car was selected by the Army after extensive testing.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to ride in a bulletproof Caddy. The car actually belonged to gangster Al Capone, but the U.S. Treasury had access to it after Capone's arrest.
Cadillac introduced the curved windshield to the public in the 1950s. Before this, windshields were flat.
Cadillac introduced high beams on its models in 1912. In fact, Cadillac vehicles were the first to include electric lights.
Henry M. Leland was one of the founders of Cadillac. Leland left Cadillac and started the Lincoln car company, but left that company after it filed for bankruptcy.
The LaSalle was the first Cadillac designed with the input of a professional stylist. Harley Earl, who designed the car, went on to become famous in the auto industry.
Those iconic Cadillac tail fins were inspired by the P38 Lightning fighter plane. The P38 was a staple during World War II.
The designers of the 1949 Cadillac Coupe DeVille forgot to include a gas cap. Cadillac, at the last minute, installed the gas cap under the driver's side tail light.
The 1950 Cadillac Debutante included leopard fur upholstery. If you owned this model, you revved it up with a gold-plated ignition key.
The bullet shaped features on the front bumpers of mid-century Caddys were named after an actress named Dagmar. These features were representative of Dagmar's bosom and were called Dagmar bumpers.
Cadillac was the first automaker to include airbags in its cars. At one point, airbags were included in cars instead of seat belts. Today, of course, both are required.
Al Capone was not the only gangster to own a Cadillac. Since Cadillacs were dependable and luxurious, most gangsters owned at least one.
Henry Phillips invented his iconic screw in 1934. He made a deal with Cadillac in 1937 to begin using his screw in the production of the carmaker's line of autos. Other automakers were using the new technology within a few years.
Cadillac supplied M41 Walker Bulldog tanks during the Korean and Vietnam wars. Cadillac manufactured the "Little Bulldog" between 1951-1954.
The 1957 Eldorado Brougham not only included magnetic whiskey glasses, it included a makeup kit for the ladies. Now, that's luxury.
Cadillac roofs were made of wood covered with fabric before the introduction of the turret top. The turret top was steel and much more practical and safe.
Cadillac introduced the Autronic Eye in the early 1950s. This feature dimmed headlights when the vehicle sensed an approaching car.
The Eldorado and the DeVille are Cadillac models. The Prius is a Toyota.