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1918 Cadillac Type 57

History

The Cadillac marque quickly earned a reputation for innovative and refined automobiles. Their electric starter and lighting introduced in 1912 revolutionized the industry and made gasoline-powered cars the popular choice over the alternative battery or steam powered cars. In 1915, they introduced another equally impressive innovation, the first mass-produced V8 engine. It was designed by Scottish-born engineer, D. McCall White, and given an L-head design with two cast-iron blocks with integral heads, mounted on an aluminum-copper alloy crankcase. Fork-and-blade connecting rods were used as the banks of cylinders were positioned directly opposite each other.

In the years to come, the engine was continually improved and refined. One of the earlier updates was a manifold redesign and lighter pistons. The chassis, which first featured a left-hand drive configuration in 1915 with the Type 51, also saw improvements. It grew in length and strength during the 1915-1918 period. The tire pump was eventually moved from the engine to the transmission in 1916 and in 1918, detachable cylinder heads were fitted. The transmission was also given a redesign.

The Cadillac Type 57 was introduced for the 1918 model year. They were offered in ten body styles and could be mounted on two wheelbase sizes. Production of the Type 57 ran from August of 1917 through December 1919 with total production exceeding 45,000 cars.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008

1918 Vehicle Profiles

1918 Cadillac Type 57 vehicle information

Phaeton

Chassis Num: 57E956

This example is chassis number 57E956 and has a five-passenger Phaeton bodystyle resting on a wheelbase that measures 125-inches. It is powered by a L-head V8 engine that displaces 314.5 cubic-inches and produces 70 horsepower. There is a three-spe....[continue reading]

1918 Cadillac Type 57 vehicle information

Touring

Engine Num: 57A704

In 1914, war broke out in Europe. The United States struggled with the idea of joining WWI, but in 1918 the country sent the American Expeditionary Force to Europe to fight alongside the Entente Powers.....[continue reading]

Phaeton
Chassis #: 57E956 
Touring
 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$660-$2,595
1918 Cadillac Type 57
$4,690-$8,012
1918 Cadillac Type 57 Price Range: $2,595 - $4,690

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Cadillac
1923Ford (1,831,128)Chevrolet (323,182)Buick (210,572)
1922Ford (1,147,028)Dodge (152,673)Chevrolet (138,932)41,001
1921Ford (1,275,618)Chevrolet (130,855)Buick (82,930)11,130
1920Ford (806,040)Chevrolet (146,243)Dodge (141,000)24,878
1919Ford (820,445)Chevrolet (129,118)Buick (119,310)45,146
1918Ford (435,898)Buick (126,222)Willys Knight (88,753)45,146
1917Ford (622,351)Willys Knight (130,988)Buick (115,267)
1916Ford (734,811)Willys Knight (140,111)Buick (124,834)18,004
1915Ford (501,492)Willys Knight (91,904)Dodge (45,000)13,002
1914Ford (308,162)Overland (48,461)Studebaker (35,374)14,003
1913Ford (168,220)Overland (37,422)Studebaker (31,994)15,018

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