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1912 Cadillac Electric Drive 1/3-scale Car J. Lockwood Co

1912 Cadillac Electric Drive in The Smallest Car in the Largest City in the World, Short Movie, 1913 IMDB

Class: Others, Microcar — Model origin: UK

1912 Cadillac Electric Drive 1/3-scale Car J. Lockwood Co

Position 0:04:34 [*][*][*][*][*] The vehicle is part of the movie

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Sunbar UK

2010-02-12 11:46

Built by Frederick S. Bennett, CEO of London's earliest Cadillac dealership in England; the "toy" was made to promote the car's new electric ignition, starting and lighting system, introduced in 1912. It was driven by Cadillac's new self-starter motor I believe and had a range of about 10 miles on a fully charged battery.

This was a revolutionary system for the time that won for Cadillac the coveted Dewar Trophy that rewarded each year the manufacturer making the greatest progress in automotive engineering.

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At least three of these small cars were built. The first as seen in the movie was also exhibited at the Paris Motor Show in 1913. In the UK, Queen Alexandra ordered one for her nephew, Prince Olaf of Norway but it had to be to a slightly enlarged design and is not the one seen in the move. The Prince Olaf of Norway car is seen here http://www.cocgb.dircon.co.uk/cadillac_spectacular.htm about half way down the page "The Queen Alexandra/Prince Olaf Baby Cadillac". Another was sent to Siam (now Thailand) as a gift for the young Prince Chula Chakrabongse, great-grandson of King Rama IV. The original as seen in the movie was sent to Wilfrid Leland Jr., grandson of Cadillac's founder in the USA, but the car has not been seen since about the 1960s.

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A rather ironic end to this 1913 movie, "100 years Peace", just prior to World War one.

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130rapid PL

2010-02-12 12:25

Boy dream car. :D

owlman US

2010-02-12 16:00

How cool! I always learn about such interesting vehicles on imcdb :D

130rapid PL

2010-02-12 18:32

Link to "www.telegraph.co.uk"

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