Cadillac Type 53

Cadillac Type 53

Not many people have heard of the Cadillac Type 53. Why? Well for starters it was designed, built and sold mainly in the US, secondly, it was only available for a single year in 1916 and thirdly, it wasn’t even very popular!

Every modern driver owes the little-known Cadillac a debt of gratitude though, because it was the first car to introduce driving controls in the layout we use today. That means with three pedals for accelerator, brake and clutch (set out in the right order), and a gear lever and handbrake located between the seats.

The layout was soon copied by other carmakers, and not least by the little Austin 7, which arrived in 1922 and had a global impact as well as inspiring versions built by BMW in Germany, and Nissan in Japan. Sadly Herbert Austin didn’t copy the Caddy’s big 77hp V8 for his diminutive 7, but he did help to put the motorcar in reach of more people than ever, thanks to its low cost.

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