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The Accident That Started It All

Posted March 05, 2012 10:00 AM by dstrohl

This year marks a pretty significant, if underappreciated, milestone in automotive history: Cadillac's implementation of the electric starter motor as standard equipment on the 1912 Model 30, which made it possible for anyone to turn over a multi-cylinder internal combustion automobile engine without fear of getting TKO'd by the hand crank in the event of backfire or kickback.

In fact, the very real dangers of starting a car engine by hand are what spurred Cadillac to adopt electric starters in the first place.

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03/06/2012 1:02 AM

Kick starting a big bore bike can be a prelude to a day at the hospital too.

Did they ever do a kick start car?

I love electric start.

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03/06/2012 7:36 AM

Interesting article...I was always glad to have my crank start on my '36 Chevy when the battery was too weak to start it on a very cold winter day. They continued to provide crank start systems even after the electric starter was invented.

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