When RM Sotheby’s consigns a car for one of its various auctions, it’s something special. This 1903 Cadillac Model A certainly fits the bill.
In fact, it comes from the first year of Cadillac production, offered as a runabout with or without a rear tonneau. The car features a single-cylinder 98 cubic-inch engine with 10 horsepower.
The Model A quickly became known for its build quality and performance, which helped establish Cadillac as a maker of luxurious cars. This particular Model A was restored in the 1990s to mimic a delivery wagon chassis that I.W. Dill Carriage Works of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, sold in the early 20th century. The Cadillac-based car was often used as a delivery vehicle for department stores and newspapers.
The restoration includes all time-period-correct components, including 12-spoke wooden wheels wrapped in Firestone white rubber tires, a center-mounted brass headlight and two matching kerosene side lamps.
RM Sotheby’s will offer the Model A at its Monterey outing on August 25. Experts expect the special Cadillac will fetch up to $180,000.