When we talk about innovative car makers in the United States, the first name that crosses our minds is obviously Henry Ford and Ford Motors Company. However, people are not always aware of the fact that Cadillac, another American car manufacturer, currently a division under General Motors, has left its trace in the history of automotive industry not only with its luxury, too-good-to-be-true cars, but also by being a trailblazer of its time. Henry Leland, founder, put precision on the pedestal, gained its factory the title of the most precise in the world and formed the vision of the company that merges beauty with technical excellence for the years to come.
In this article, we’ll go through six cars that are the very embodiment of the principles that were so dear to the founder.
1937 Cadillac Phaeton 5859
This otherworldly beautiful car looks like it didn’t quite belong to the era when it was built. This might be as well true. After all, for Cadillac, it was a daring step to launch a car this unique and opulent during the Great Depression when Americans were drastically cutting their expenses and those who were determined to buy a vehicle wanted something more affordable and less in-your-face stylish. Obviously, 1937 Cadillac Phaeton never made it big with the customers back then. However, it made history as a concept car way ahead of its time with the latter only proven by the fact that the model inspired Cadillac’s developments in the 2010s!
Out of many things that are branded Eldorado, mysterious City of Gold that beckons these who crave prosperity and adventure, only few, including 1953 Cadillac Eldorado, may truly live up to its name. Inarguably, it was the most glorious car launched by Cadillac back in the 1950s and one of four ‘dream cars’ introduced by General Motors. This is something we can easily agree on. Driving the car that Dwight Eisenhower, president of the United States, picked for his inaugural parade in January 1953, is the very definition of dreamy.
It took General Motors ten years to make a transition from a DeVille being prestigious-level trim to making it a separate series. The first car that bore the name DeVille left the assembly line in 1949. By 1957, it drew enough attention as one of the first pillarless hardtop coupes and underwent several changes that resulted in a considerable surge in the number of sales. The model easily became a popular choice among celebrities with Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen, and Elvis Presley’s mom among satisfied customers.
1961 Series 67 Park Avenue
What screams more ‘luxury’ than a big car from a high-end brand inadvertently making a grand appearance every time it comes into view? Back in the 60s, car lovers liked to make a statement with their precious possessions as much as car lovers do today. And Cadillac never failed to deliver. To this day, 1961 Series 67 Park Avenue Cadillac is dearly loved and sought after. It still makes appearances – this time at auctions and classical car shows – and finds owners many of which are even ready to pay for a car that is no more capable of riding!
1980 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham
The badge ‘Brougham’, inspired by a British salesman, has a long history. Cadillac had tried to brand its cars or launch a few models under the name now and then since 1917 until the division made it a separate series in 1977. Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham replaced the retired Sixty Special Series and became the company’s most luxurious large sedan. It was in 1980 when the coupe styling was made available and gained wide recognition on par with the model’s elegance and impressive powertrain.
2011 Cadillac Ciel
Cadillac stays true to its signature style, which enables the division to create modern classic cars. For their 2011 Cadillac Ciel, the designers took inspiration in the 1937 Cadillac Phaeton model described earlier in this article. It seems like they managed to channel their vision for their concept car through design: shortly, the concept was all about merging the old-fashioned romance of the open road with the contemporary hi-tech novelties. Indeed, this is a versatile car that could star in the screening of a noir detective story as well as in a flick about superheroes.