ELIDA — The mere mention of the name Cadillac causes car enthusiasts to envision luxury and sleek body lines.
Cadillac was founded in 1902 by Henry Leland. Leland came up with the car company name from Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, who was the founder of Detroit. Most people think of Ford as being the iconic car company in Detroit, so it’s noteworthy to find out that the Cadillac was named after Detroit’s founder.
It was Cadillac that initiated the idea of interchangeable parts to the automotive industry, laying the way for the concept of mass production of automobiles. Due to this, Cadillac became the first American car company to win the Dewar Trophy from the Royal Automobile Company of England.
Harry and Linda Koeckritz, of Elida, brought their 2009 Cadillac DTS Biarritz to the Westgate Charity Car Show last June.
The Cadillac DTS is a full-size luxury sedan, replacing the DeVille as Cadillac’s largest luxury car.
Koeckritz has a fondness for Cadillacs. He found this one on eBay in 2016.
“It’s pretty rare. There are none around here,” Koeckritz said. “We received a Top 20 award (at the Westgate Charity Car Show) last year. “
Their car is garaged during the winter and brought out in nice weather.
“We drive it weekly (in good weather) and try to keep it nice,” he said.