Rahmi M. Koç Museum, Turkey's first and only industrial museum, continues to expand its collection with new objects. The newest object of the museum is the 1903 Cadillac. Displayed with its single cylinder engine, inclined steering wheel, brass lamps and air horn, Cadillac conveys the history it has written in the automotive industry to its enthusiasts.
Rahmi M. Koç Museum, which keeps the past alive today with over 14 thousand objects consisting of legends of the history of industry, transportation and communication, is hosting a new object. The 1903 Cadillac has been added to the museum's classic car collection. Cadillac, which not only attracted attention in its own time, but also guided the developments ahead of its time, was produced by Henry Leland in 1902. The first prototype of the car, named after the French explorer Antoine De La Mothe Cadillac, who founded the city of Detroit in 1701, was called Model A.
Although the first Cadillac did not completely depart from the horse-drawn carriage appearance, it stood out with its technical details such as the curved steering wheel, axle pins, clutch and brake pedals. Following the interest it received at the New York Auto Show in January 1903, 2 Model A models were ordered. Cadillac's perfectly designed single-cylinder engine had more power than most single-cylinder engines and remained popular, although four-cylinder models were also produced between 300 and 1909.
The car, which is on display at the Rahmi M. Koç Museum and is estimated to be the oldest Cadillac, has a rear-entry rear seat add-on, which was subject to an additional fee at the time of its release. In the same period, there are also brass lamps, air horn and side-mounted baskets offered as extra accessories. The biggest feature of the vehicle is the tolerance system, which was used for the first time in the arms industry in 1850, but did not spread much. The tolerance system, which allows the exchange between parts and is essential for performance, maintenance, ease of repair and long life, is used in every branch of industry today.