Cadillac Model K Victoria Runabout
The single-cylinder Model K was available in only one body style for 1907—a lovely tulip-bodied two-seat runabout. This was the same basic body as the 1906 models but with numerous detail changes, including a much shorter muffler with an outlet at the front rather than the side. The oiler system was changed from cam drive to pulley-and-belt drive and a drip pan was added for the engine and transmission. A rubber buggy top and leather buggy top were offered for $40 and $70, respectively. The base price increased $50 for the first time since Cadillac introduced its first one-cylinder runabout in 1903. Head and cowl lamps were extra cost items obtained through the dealer.
Cadillac was moving well-ahead, on its way to becoming a premium motor car, thanks to the brilliant engineering and detail of founder Henry Leland. In February and March of 1908, three late-1907 Model K’s successfully completed the Royal Automobile Club’s Standardization Test. The three cars were driven extensively, torn down, and the parts were exchanged from one vehicle to another. The cars performed perfectly, demonstrating the precision with which Cadillacs were manufactured and their interchangeability of parts, something almost unheard of in early automobiles. As a result, Cadillac was awarded the Dewar Trophy, recognizing the most important advancement in the automobile industry for 1908, though the actual award was presented in February 1909. Certain to the be the star at any Horseless Carriage Club of America meet or vintage Cadillac event, this sprightly Victoria is appropriately attired in white with red interior, black buggy top, white rubber tires, and the requisite brass trim. It would be a welcome addition to any collection of Cadillac or early brass era automobiles.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in July of 2012 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan.
10 hp, 98.2 cu. in. single-cylinder engine, two-speed planetary transmission with chain drive and spur gear differential, and two-wheel rear mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 74"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel