• 15-FEB-2012

  • SOURCE: General Motors - Global

Crank It Up!

Nowadays, many drivers start their car by remote from inside the house, to get it nice and toasty before going outside. But it wasn't always like that. Instead of pushing a button or turning a key, people had to go outside and use a little elbow grease to get their cars up and running.

In 1912, Cadillac was the first vehicle manufacturer to replace the hand crank with an electric starter motor. Now, 100 years later, automotive enthusiasts and drivers are celebrating the ease of starting a car instead of getting "cranky" doing it by hand.

We have video and soundbites showing the history of the engine beginning with the crank prior to 1912 and why that mechanism added a dangerous element to simply starting your car.