Cadillac is one of the oldest and most respected luxury brands in the world. They have been on top of the game since they started in 1902. For over 100 years, Cadillac has been a legendary car manufacturer that became an icon of the industry as well as a cultural reference for generations of Americans. Cadillac’s appeal is recognized globally and the “Caddy” is a symbol of the American automotive world and the pinnacle of engineering.

The road to global respect and legendary status wasn’t easy for Cadillac. They began as an independent manufacturer and then as a part of General Motors. Cadillac encountered many difficulties, recessions, two world wars and numerous changing trends. Once “the Standard of the World,” Cadillac lost some of their magic in the 80’s and 90’s due to tight emissions standards.

However, a makeover of the brand in the 2000’s brought a new lease of life to one of the oldest car brands. Read on to learn all about the best and most important Cadillacs of all time. These are the cars that made this brand and the widely popular, influential models that stood the test of time.

  1. Cadillac Model S 1908

From the beginning, Cadillac paid attention to quality and durability of their cars. In those early years, quality was extremely important since the vehicles were fragile and famous for constant problems. However, Cadillac was not one of them. In 1908, Cadillac won the prestigious Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Club in the UK for passing the interchangeability and durability tests.

This award put Cadillac on the map. After just a few years on the market, the company earned a reputation for being one of the best car makers in the world. This inspired the famous marketing slogan “Cadillac – The Standard of the World,” which people have associated with the brand ever since.