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1911-1920: Cadillac Type 53
Suggested By: bassumarus
Why it was state of the art: Early automobile controls were a jumbled hodgepodge of levers, pedals, cranks, slides and indicators that varied wildly from vehicle to vehicle. The Type 53 rationalized the entire mess and implemented the standard vehicle-control layout that persists to this day. Other significant features included such advances as an early V-8 engine and an electric starter.