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Standardization of Radiator and Other Equipment Improvements
As higher-class automobile production was stepped up, ease of operation and handling became the target for improvement. Cars were starting to be equipped with new and better functions. At the same time, the wide variety of radiator grille shapes gradually became standardized to the point that they were virtually interchangeable.

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Pioneering Age
Romantic Fascination with Speed and Power
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Standardization of Radiator and Other Equipment Improvements
More Horsepower; More Displacement
Appearance of Ultra-Luxury Cars
From Mass-Production and Popularization to Motorization
From Stylization to perfection of Automotive Technology
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Delaunay-Belleville Type HB6L
Delaunay-Belleville Type HB6L The famous shipbuilder, Delaunay, introduced its automobile at the Paris Salon in 1904. The car's unique, round, radiator attracted a great deal of attention and became typical together with radiators of Benz and Renault. Up until World War I, this car was an extremely popular model. Revised again in 1909 as a compact version, the car featured a very reliable, quiet, six-cylinder engine and a grand body design, which received the support of royalty such as NicholasII of Russia.
Cadillac Model Thirty
In this period of automotive manufacturing, experiments with various types of self-starting devices, based on a powerful spring or compressed-air system, were carried out, but none was successful. However, in July 1911, the new Cadillac prototype that was unveiled was equipped with a revolutionary, self-starting motor. Using just a small 6-volt battery, it could instantaneously obtain the required 24-volt power needed to turn over the motor. With this new, electrically powered starter, the inconveniences of the engine hand crank could be eliminated. In addition to its innovative starting system, another totally new feature of the Cadillac was seen in the standard electric headlights. Cadillac Model Thirty
Benz 14/30HP
Benz 14/30HP Benz hung on to the success of the Velo for too long, and this resulted in a general falling behind technologically. But from 1906, Benz concentrated on the development of his four-cylinder models and scored successes in a number of trial runs. The complete touring model, released in 1912, incorporated modern styling and elegantly curved lines, in addition to electric headlights. Its unique radiator, combined with its overall quality design and efficiency, established it as a model for the auto industry of the time.
Renault Type DJ
Renault's early cars made use of a hood that opened and closed in the front of the car, just like the automobiles of today, and it adopted the distinctive feature of the radiator being placed behind the engine. Because of this unique positioning, it became possible to achieve sleek and futuristic styling as well as greater ease of maintenance. The limousine-bodied, Type DJ luxury car produced in 1913 incorporated these technological advances, but certain features characteristic of the era of horse-drawn carriages remained, such as the driver and passenger being separated; the driver of this car was very much the modern equivalent of a coachman. Renault Type DJ
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