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1908 Cadillac Model S

1908 Cadillac Model S

1908 Cadillac Model S

In November of 1907, Cadillac introduced the Model S which was a variant of their 10HP single-cylinder car. This was nearly identical to the Model M, Model S & Model T which were all essentially the same model with different body styles and wheelbases. The Model S was a two-seat Runabout body on the 82 inch wheelbase chassis.

Engineering principles for the aging single-cylinder Cadillac were similar to the very first Model A of 1903. It used a Leland & Faulconer engine, 2-speed transmission and a Brown-Lipe differential. By 1907 the power had increased from 6.5 to 10 advertised bhp.

The Model S featured larger 24 inch wheels and could be ordered with options to fit Rubber, Leather or a Victoria Style top for $60, $80 and $175 respectively. A definitive feature of the Model S was its longer wheelbase running boards.

As an available option, single and double rumble seats could be ordered with both the straight line and Victoria style runabouts.

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type Series Production Car
built at Detroit, Michigan, USA
engine Leland & Faulconer Single Cylinder
position Under Front Seat
aspiration Natural
block material Cast Iron w/Copper Water Jacket
fuel feed Updraft Mixer
displacement 1609 cc / 98.2 in³
bore 127.0 mm / 5.0 in
stroke 127.0 mm / 5.0 in
power 7.5 kw / 10 bhp
specific output 6.22 bhp per litre
body / frame Steel Body over Steel Frame
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Wooden 12-Spoke
front tires 30×3
rear tires 30×3
front brakes None
rear brakes Inboard Drums
front wheels F 61.0 x 5.1 cm / 24 x 2 in
rear wheels R 61.0 x 5.1 cm / 24 x 2 in
transmission 2-Speed Manual
gear ratios 3.00:1, 1.00:1