40/50 bhp, 365.8 cu. in. L-head vertical inline four-cylinder engine, three-speed selective sliding gear manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, full-floating rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and rear-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 120″
A Beautiful and Highly Drivable Brass Era Touring Car
Cadillac was first to market with the self-starter with the debut of the Model 30 in 1912, which replaced the clumsy, difficult, and sometimes dangerous, crank-starter. Cadillac was also the first to replace the old combustible-gas lighting system with full-electric lighting (headlights, cowl lights, and taillights). Charles Kettering’s revlutionary Delco electrical system made it all possible.
Rightly, as a result of its advanced engineering, Cadillac advertised itself as the “Standard of the World”, beginning in 1912.
The Model 30 was Cadillac’s sole product line from 1912 to 1919, so-named for its initial 30 hp engine-output rating. Actual output 40/50 hp.
The Model 30 was known for its strong performance – capable of cruising at 45 mph, which was remarkable in its era, with few, if any, paved roads in existence.
When new, the Model 30 was a highly attractive choice for female drivers and now, as then, the Model 30 is a great choice for fans of “Brass Era” cars who want to drive and tour, as well as show, their automobile.
While the Cadillac Model 30 is classified as a “Brass Era” car, its brightwork is in fact nickel, and therefore much easier to maintain in show quality with less effort required.
Remarkable power and touring capabilities; generous but not excessive 120-inch wheelbase, roomy accommodations for up to five
Fully restored mid-to-late 2000s
Best in Class and Best of Show, New England Region Cadillac LaSalle Club show, Portsmouth, Rhode Island 2008.
Shown at Amelia Island 2009, Greenfield Village September 2011
Prior owners are noted and active classic-car collectors
Acquired 2009 by present owner, with a further $20,000 to make it even better to show and tour with. Recent work included a new water-pump shaft and refinishing of the hood.
During 2011, the Cadillac participated in a Horseless Carriage Club tour, covering approximately 300 miles without fault. The tour included a visit to Bowmanville, Ontario’s Mosport racing circuit and the club members in attendance were given the opportunity to drive their classics on the track for 2 laps. This Model 30 set “fastest lap” of the group!
Features include a very nice blue finish with black fenders and a black radiator shell, a beautifully fitted black folding top, nickel-plated brass components, rear-mounted spare tires and artillery wheels with whitewall tires, as well as button-tufted black leather upholstery. The engine, with its copper water jackets, is particularly striking. Offered in show- and tour-ready condition alike, this 1913 Cadillac Model 30 Touring is simply a wonderful example of Cadillac’s highly refined Brass Era luxury and engineering.