Oliver Barthel was kept on by Leland
although credit for the earliest Cadillac automobiles went to another engineer by the name of Alanson P. Brush
There is still quite a debate over the number of spokes on the early cars 12 or 14, as the early photos show NO valve stems [YS adds: true, the early factory photos, or artists' views (?), appear to be retouched and show no valve stems; however, I have a photo of what is believed to be the FIRST Cadillac and one valve stem is visible, albeit very dimly; in addition, the two well-known photos of the "first" Cadillac - Alanson Brush
and Wilfrid Leland on Trombley Ave and Alanson Brush
climbing the steps of the Wayne County building in Detroit) clearly show cars with 14-spoke wheels] . Bodies were built by either The Detroit Body Company
Trivia 1 : It was in 1902 that engineer Alanson P. Brush drove a Cadillac runabout [perhaps the first Cadillac built] up (and down) the steps of the Wayne County Building in Detroit.
That feat was recorded in some Cadillac ads of the time.
According to Brush's own memory of the event, thousands of people stood in Cadillac Square and cheered [ Detroit News
, December 13, 1937].
performs the first feat with (possibly) the first Cadillac
Trivia 4 : To illustrate the power and sturdiness of the new, small Cadillac, William Metzger who was in charge of marketing the new automobile staged some feats similar to the one carried out by Alanson
brush the previous year.