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Cadillac was in trouble.  The year was 1915.  Cadillac had introduced a new V8 model and leapfrogged the competition, Packard among them.  However, Packard and others encouraged rumors -- not without some cause -- that Cadillac had brought the V8s to market too early, and that there were or would ...

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Bruce

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That ad is reproduced in my 1997 Eldorado Owners' Manual. I have a text copy somewhere that I copied from an old Xerox that I read for inspiration occasionally when I was younger.

I have a simpler way of saying this in polite company: "The Chinese have a saying, 'The high nail gets the hammer.' This kind of thinking kept them in the Bronze Age for 8,000 years."

Not to pick on the Chinese and their magnificent cultural heritage, and their technological, mathematical, and cultural achievements that include the prime factor algorithm (that underlies the abacus), silk, gunpowder, and rockets. We didn't emerge into the Iron Age until about 3,000 years ago and we have had our share of Dark Ages in the West.

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I loved re-reading the story behind the Saturday Evening post article. The engineers at Cadillac bringing a radical engine to market - the V8.

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Packard before the war, and Imperial after the war -- I think there is a great article (yet to be written) in there about how competition drove Cadillac to greatness.

Bruce

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