Cadillac Through The Years

2017 CTTYLogo

Welcome! We’re now gearing up to our 12th annual Cadillac Through The Years.  Presented by the Las Vegas Region of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club whose sponsored by Findlay Cadillac in Henderson.  This year we’re happy to be back at Town Square.  What a great venue. This year’s event is packed with lots of activities.  In fact, it’s so big, it’s taking two weekends.  Here’s the Agenda:

Saturday April 22nd

Cars & Coffee sponsored by Celebrity Cars  will be in Henderson on Eastern (south of the 215) at Richmor. Plan to be there around 7:30 to 8 am.  The lot fills up pretty fast.  It’s a great car show.

Saturday April 29th

Cars & Coffee at Speed Vegas and you’ll want to be here by 7:30 am.  There will be a special place for Cadillacs and at 9am there will be a lap taken by the two Cadillac Clubs in Las Vegas.  Cadillac Kings (74 or older modified Cadillac) and the Cadillac Club of Las Vegas (any age and type of Cadillac or no Cadillac but an appreciation for Cadillacs). The clubs will line up in a row with the Cadillac Kings in one lane and our club in the other and then we’ll each get to take a lap around the track.  Awesome!  News worthy.

Sunday April 30th

Cadillac Through The Years at Town Square.  The official viewing on the streets of Town Square will begin at 10:00 am after all the vehicles are in place. It’s estimated that there will be approximately 75 cars. It’s rumored that nearly 30 of those will be from the Cadillac Kings and the rest from our club and non-members.  That’s right, any Cadillac that wants to be on display can be (there’s a fee of $20.00 for members and $25.00 for non-members).

There will be FREE things handed out by our Sponsor, Findlay Cadillac and a charity booth.  Smiles for Toys and a popular animal shelter will be the beneficiary of the funds raised from the charity raffle. Tickets will be $1.00 each.

In addition to a large contingency of Cadillac Kings modified cars we’ll have the 1940 Cadillac Series 75 Limousine that was owned by Howard Hughes and lots of other cars.  There will also be a completely original 1950 Series 62 four door sedan with 15,000 plus miles.  Everything is just as it was in 1950 when the car was new.  It’s a real “time capsule.”

We want to express our sincere appreciation to John Saksa, the General Manager of Findlay Cadillac and his representative LJ Harkness for their support. You won’t want to miss all the action.  You may even get a T-Shirt from Findlay Cadillac with design that features a 1953 Cadillac Eldorado convertible.  Awesome!

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Lauren Schweitzer

Lauren Schweitzer
Past President and Director

Lauren is in the middle of changing her life.  She’s a great Director of our club.  Her term ends when the Board officially accepts her resignation effective October 1st, 2017.

She’s now off to the frozen north with her finance Jon.  Newly engaged, it’s clear they are headed for great things.  She’s now sold her home and ready to move.

She’s been a great part of the Las Vegas Cadillac & LaSalle Club for years.  She’s also been the national registrar for years.  In addition she has represented our club at the National Level.  She’s a Caddy Woman for sure.  Well, frankly it runs in her family.

We’re all going to miss her.  Her last meeting with the club will be Sept 28th at the Blue Ox.  See the Activities page on this site for more details.

So long and good luck Lauren, you WILL be missed!  We all wish you and Jon great success. Don’t forget us.

1917 vs 2017 Cadillac – You be the judge.

17 vs 17 Cropped wo Findlay

100 years of Cadillac Progress

We thought it might be a bit of fun to compare the 1917 Cadillac Type 55 Convertible Phaeton to the very recently released Cadillac XT5.

First let’s consider it’s use and of course collectability. 100 years ago the automobile was transporting city and country folk to place they just couldn’t go as a family. This was especially true when the family had small children.

The new 1917 Cadillac Type 55 Convertible was designed as a touring vehicle. It’s convertible top could put down for spectacular views on the road to anywhere. Or, the top would go up and manual side curtains to escape the cold, rain or even snow.

In 1917 Cadillac wasn’t just ahead of the curve, they were delivering features that other cars wouldn’t have for as much as forty years. For example, the 1917 comes with a V8 engine. No, it wasn’t their first. The first Cadillac V8 would appear in the 1915 Cadillac.  Even more basic, all other automobiles required a very dangerous hand crank to start the engine. The first Cadillac to have a self starter was 1912! It seems that design and innovation began early with Cadillac.

Here’s something to consider.   After looking at the 1917, when and why did it become collectible? Was it the unique design (for the time) or was it because the car was simply old by the time the collector car hobby began? Perhaps we’ll never truly answer that question. Here’s another; will the new 2017 Cadillac XT5 become a collectable? Why?

In 1917 the average income was $687.00. In 2013 dollars it is equal to $16,063.   The average income in 2013 (census report) shows that it climbed to $53,246. You’ll note that at $687.00 the Cadillac was out of reach except for the privileged few. It was after all, “The Standard of the World.”

Today, the base mode of the XT5 is within financial reach of the average income earner. It helps that today we can buy on credit. In 1917 you would have paid cash for any automobile purchase.

The 2017 XT5 is one of a kind, just like the 1917 Type 55.

Let’s first look at the background of the 1917. This fully restored 1917 Cadillac Type 55 Convertible Phaeton is owned by Colin and Carole Christie of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Here’s information on the car, its history and current condition: (more…)