1907 Cadillac Model M Touring Car

(Selden License #48265, Engine #23110, Serial #4468)


1907 Cadillac Model M Straight Line Touring Car

This 1907 single cylinder Cadillac Model M touring car with a "Straight Line" body style is one the finest examples that remain of the estimated 20 worldwide survivors. At the time, this body style was considered the 'more modern' body style and was only produced in 1906 and 1907. There were approximately 1600 Model M's originally produced in 1907 in both "Tulip" and "Straight Line" body styles.

This car is believed to have spent its entire life in Connecticut. It was shipped from the Detroit factory on February 20th, 1907 to E. P. Chesbro, Willimantic, CT, a prominent Buick, Cadillac and Pope-Hartford dealer. At some point in its early years, it spent time on a Connecticut farm, where its back seat was removed and the "one-lung" engine used to cut firewood. In January 1958, it was sold by John J. Lyons of Thomaston, CT to a partnership of Raymond G. Bentley and his Son-in-Law Edward C. Thierry of Harwinton, CT. On November 6, 1966, the car was sold again, this time to Sam Willard of Old Lyme, CT. As Sam later said: "When I bought it, (the car) was in tatters, but it was all original - the hardware and everything." In the 1990's, Sam painstakingly began mechanical restoration of the car and rebuilt the back of the car to original specifications. The car completed an extensive Concours level restoration in 2010 and, in May 2020, became part of the Bill & Linda Lillie Collection of Gales Ferry, CT.

As Sam told Hemmings Classic Car magazine in 2021 "There may be some that are just as good, but there are none better."

Horizontal 1-Cylinder Engine
10HP, 98.2ci L-Head
Two doors, 4 passenger
Single Updraft Carburetor
2-Speed Planetary Transmission
Chain Drive
Leaf Spring Suspension
2-Wheel Mechanical Brakes
Original Price - $1,050 (with factory installed Victoria top)




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Awards

  • 2021 Klingberg Motorcar Series - Spirit of Klingberg Award
  • Best in Class, 2021 Virginia Festival of the Wheel Concours d'Elegance
  • Best in Class, 2021 Misselwood Concours d'Elegance
  • Featured in the March 2021 Issue of Hemmings Classic Car Magazine
  • Best in Class, 2020 Klingberg Concours d'Elegance
  • Best in Class, 2020 Misselwood Concours d'Elegance

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