Coming straight to you from the fabulous ’50s, here’s a great little history of the Cadillac Motor Company. Watch and see how the Standard of the World came to be.
First, a little historical housekeeping. There’s at least one flub—or fib, shall we say—in this otherwise solid 1959 history of the Cadillac brand. Just past the one-minute mark, there’s an explanation of Henry Ford’s relationship to Cadillac that is historically incorrect. Ford was not the owner of the building that housed the Detroit Automobile Company, Cadillac’s predecessor, but the chief engineer and general manager. Ford, at odds with the company’s investors, soon departed to form the Ford Motor Company, while the Detroit Automobile Co. eventually became Cadillac.
In a similar way, the factory building pictured at this point in the film is not the Cadillac plant at Cass and Amsterdam in Detroit, as the narrator claims, but the Ford plant on Mack Ave. (Learn the story of the Ford Mack Ave. plant here at Mac’s Motor City Garage.) These fudges aside, the film is a sound review of Cadillac and its many contributions to the auto industry—and lots of fun, too. Please enjoy.