1930 Cadillac Series 452 V16

October, 2016 § Leave a comment

Cadillac formed in 1902, named for Antoine Laumet de La Mothe Cadillac, the French explorer who founded Detroit in the 1700s.  Cadillac was not originally a luxury marque, its earliest models were powered by a 10 hp, one-cylinder engine, not much different in concept from Ford’s earliest cars. By the 1920s, Cadillac had moved into the luxury market, trying to fight Packard ad Rolls Royce cars. For this reaon, they create a new 7.4 liter V16 engine.

Cadillac general manager Lawrence Fisher and GM’s stylist Harley Earl were largely responsible for the V16s styling. The customer could choose between 70 or so available bodies that were elaborately finished and all highly individualized in detail. Here you have some of them:

 

1953 Cadillac Series 62 by Ghia

April, 2016 § Leave a comment

Prince Aly Khan, the world’s wealthiest man at the time, gave this gift to his wife: the great Rita Hayworth. He ordered a chassis from Cadillac and sent it to Ghia coachbuilder to get this nice custom body. It’s one of only two made.

 

Don Draper’s 1965 Cadillac Coupe De Ville

November, 2015 § Leave a comment

Just to honour “Mad Men”, i’m posting this 1965 Cadillac Coupe DeVille piloted by Jon Hamm’s Don Draper on the TV show.

The ’65 DeVille features a 340-horsepower 7-liter (429 cubic inches in the parlance of the day) V8 and three-speed automatic transmission.  And 224 inches in length, more than 5,6 meters.

 

1928 Al Capone’s Cadillac V8 Town Sedan

December, 2014 § Leave a comment

The 20-30’s cars always makes me think in Chicago gangster films. This is a Cadillac owned by Al Capone and modified for his “special” needs.

This car was designed by Harley Earl’s, it brought a European look to American car design – a look suspiciously similar to the elegant Hispano-Suiza brand.

It was painted green with black fenders – exactly the same as the 85 Cadillacs that were supplied to the police. Furthermore, it was fitted with a regulation police siren and the first known installation of a police band receiver in a private automobile. Also it has extra 3,000 pounds of bulletproofing hidden beneath standard body panels and new with heavy glass and a special mechanism allowed the rear window to drop out of the way quickly so that its opening could be used to fire upon a pursuing automobile.

So, we can say that Q was inspired by Al Capone 😉

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham

December, 2012 § Leave a comment

Probably one of the most gorgeous Cadillacs ever designed, it was more expensive than a Rolls Royce of the same year!

A car designed by Ed Glowacke. I like the lower rear quarter panels and the five horizontal windsplits on the rear doors.

1957 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz

April, 2012 § Leave a comment

Another nice 50’s Cadillac, designed by Ron Hill when he was 23-year-old.  I like the lower rear fenders garnished with chrome, but not the lack of hood ornament compared to prior Eldorado models.

1959 Cadillac Eldorado

April, 2011 § Leave a comment

Probably one of the most known cars in the world… due to Hollywood films. I recommend u to visit http://www.imcdb.org/ an interesting webpage that tracks cars seen in movies. An incredible job!    Applause 😉

There a lot of different cars named Eldorado, they were produced from 1953 to 2002. I love the 50’s-60’s, today I chose to post the 1959-1966. The one with rocket rearwings 😉

Observation: if u find “Biarritz” following Eldorado name implies the car is a convertible, and the Seville is hardtop.

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