Lot 399

Hershey 2023

1905 Cadillac Model F Four-Passenger Touring


$55,000 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



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  • Ideal for continued Brass Era touring; one of very few surviving specimens
  • Presented in factory-correct Green over black leather upholstery
  • Powered by 98-cu.-in. chain-drive, single-cylinder engine and two-speed planetary transmission
  • Features cowl-mounted brass driving lights and bulb horn; period-correct white Firestone tires and wood-spoke artillery wheels
  • Accompanied by copy of its original Cadillac order record and Cadillac LaSalle Club Senior badge

In 1904, Cadillac launched its new Model D, featuring the now-conventional automotive layout with a front-mounted, 30-horsepower, four-cylinder engine on a 100-inch-wheelbase chassis. Despite this novel offering, demand for Cadillac’s original single-cylinder models continued.

To keep up with the times, the single-cylinder Model E, a two-passenger runabout, and Model F, offered as a four-passenger, side-entrance tourer or delivery vehicle, adopted an “engine hood” in the style of the latest front-engine cars, even though the actual engine was still under the seat, just as it had been since the single-cylinder Cadillac made its debut. Despite the revolutionary new body styling, the 1905 Model F retained the company’s tried-and-true 98-cubic-inch, chain-driven, single-cylinder engine and two-speed planetary transmission.

This very nicely restored 1905 Model F Four-Passenger Touring was delivered new to the Cadillac showroom in New York City on 18 October 1905 and specified in the same shade of Green it wears today, according to a copy of its original Cadillac order record. Prior to entering the consignor’s collection in 2021, it was retained for many years within a private automotive museum.

The quality of this Model F’s previous restoration is plainly evident and it remains particularly presentable and well-kept today. The car’s cream-painted chassis and beige convertible top are visually tied together by cream pinstripe detailing echoed upon each surface of the shapely tourer body. A set of black cycle fenders terminate in a much-appreciated set of functional mudguards, while a very handsome set of 12-spoke artillery wheels adorned with hand-painted red detailing are wrapped in period-correct Firestone tires. Important and desirable features of note include a pair of seats richly trimmed with pleated black leather, a set of cowl-mounted brass Lucas driving lights, and a matching brass bulb horn.

An ideal candidate for continued exhibition, Brass Era touring, or simple enjoyment, this charming four-passenger side-entrance tourer is a wonderful example of Cadillac’s famous Model F.