As a general rule, rarity and age go hand in hand. There are obvious exceptions to this, like the Ford Model T and Volkswagen Beetle and others, but time is a cruel mistress and she does few favors to aged automobiles. That’s partially why you don’t many vehicles like this 1908 Cadillac Model S Runabout on the road today.
This particular car’s been in one family for the last 65 years and it was built a mere six years after the company’s inception. It was born at a time when people still asked, “hey, where the hell is the horse?” Just imagine that.
Being 107- years-old, the Model S sports some pretty unique features like a one-cylinder engine, chain drive, and a single
perch rumble seat that appears to be attached directly to the frame.
The little runabout was also treated to a restoration in the mid 2000’s and it was spruced up with a new exhaust, water pump, coil box, radiator, hubcap emblems, radiator Cadillac emblem, coolant lines, and upholstery. It was also treated to a new battery last summer so it’s probably a lot more inclined to start.
Its single cylinder is said to produce somewhere around 25 hp but those freshly installed parts probably kick it up to at least 30 ponies.
This is one seriously classic Cadillac, and it’s bound to raise more than a few eyebrows at your local cruise night. Sound like your kind of fun? Scratch together $45,000 and this pre-Titanic piece of history could be yours.