SOURCE: General Motors - Global
Crank It Up!
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.