The Cadillacs of Cadillac
The first Cadillac — named for the French explorer who founded Detroit — was built in 1902 on an experimental chassis left over from Henry Ford's second failed company, married with a single-cylinder engine from the recently founded Oldsmobile company, and an American icon was born. The stunning luxury car was an instant hit with the Gilded Age elite. Henry Ford took full control in 1904 and in 1909, and the newly formed General Motors bought the Cadillac Automobile Co. for $4.5 million. Here's a look at some of its most memorable models over the years.