America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Wash. is honoring General Motors Co.’s Cadillac brand with an exhibit that opens May 11 titled, “Cadillac – The Standard of the World.”
The exhibit explains the brand’s early days and its reputation for designing and building some of the world’s finest automobiles, as well as its later years as a technology leader.
“The ‘Cadillac – Standard of the World’ exhibit at America’s Car Museum tells the story of the brand’s inception early in the 20th century and its celebrated reputation for designing and building some of the finest, and most desirable, automobiles in the world today” says Scot Keller, curator of exhibitry at the museum.
Prior to its inception in 1902, the company’s founder, Henry M. Leland, an apprentice to legendary gunsmith Samuel Colt, wanted to apply key learnings of precision engineering to automobiles. As a result, Cadillac became the first American car to win the prestigious Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club of England. After receiving such high praise, the company adopted the slogan “Standard of the World.”
The exhibit features 16 classic or notable vehicles from the brand’s 117-year history. A few earlier models include a 1906 Cadillac Model K Tulip Touring car, an early vehicle representing the brand’s biggest year for single-cylinder cars to date, and the 1947 Cadillac Series 62 convertible, the first Cadillac to enter production following the close down of manufacturing during World War II.
Other Cadillacs features in the exhibit are the 2003 Cadillac Sixteen Concept, a vehicle that pays homage to early 16-cylinder models produced by the brand. Coming later in summer will be the 2011 Cadillac Ciel Concept, a one-off vehicle featured in the 2015 movie adaptation of HBO’s “Entourage” television series.
For more information on “Cadillac – The Standard of the World,” visit americascarmuseum.org.