When the Antique Cadillac company was shaped from the miscellany
of the Henry Ford Company when Henry Ford departed along with several of
his key partners and the company was dissolved. With the intent to
liquidate the assets, Ford's financial backers, William Murphy and Lemuel Bowen called in engineer Henry M. Leland to appraise the plant
and equipment prior to selling them. Instead, Leland persuaded them to
continue the automobile business using Leland's proven 1-cylinder
engine. Henry Ford's departure required a new name, and on August 22,
1902, the company reformed as the Cadillac Automobile Company.
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The antique Cadillac automobile was named after the 17th
century French explorer Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac,
who founded Detroit in 1701.