Good ol' cars and trucks - Cadillac

As we drive around the state, we spot some great reminders of the past, classic cars and trucks made out of "Detroit iron." We skid to a stop, and click ‘em. We’ll set this up by make, and each section will be chronological, oldest to newest, but always classics only.

Cadillac1929

Cadillac1929A

Cadillac, 1929
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Cadillac1948

Cadillac, 1948. Much of the design for the 1948 Cadillac was driven by the P-38 Lightning fighter aircraft. Buyers loved it, but dealers feared the public would not like it. She carried a V8 L-head engine displacing 346 cubes and gad 150 horses at 3400 rpm.

Cadillac1948A

These tailfins were so popular that mail order houses sold just the fins for people to mount on their Fords and Chevys.

Cadillac1948B

There was instant demand for this car. At the time, people loved the line flowing through the body to the tail fins.

Cadillac1948C

The grille too was a winner, especially the bow of chrome that defined the grille. People loved the "V" emblem with the Cadillac crest, the "V" for victory following WWII.
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Cadillac61071949

Cadillac61071949A

Cadillac 6107, 1949
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Cadillac1952

Cadillac1952A

Cadillac, 1952
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Cady58

Cadillac Eldorado 1958: Cadillac did not make many styling changes to the 1958 Eldorado. She did get a four-headlamp system and her performance was improved with adoption of three two-barrel carburetors which jacked up her horses to 335.

Cady58a

Cady58b

I see no markings to indicate this was a “special.” I understand the Cadillac Special Eldorado Coupes were specal order and built in limited quantities.
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Cadillac1958

Cadillac 1958, 2dr, Series 62: This was a tough year for Cadillac. Experts say she had a baroque style, lots of chrome, and some said she was "garish." Cadillac sold only 121,778 units and production was lower than at any time since 1954, perhaps due to the recession. He horsepower was reduced to a single 310-bhp version for all models, feeling the drive toward fuel economy. On the sides toward the rear you can see five longer horizontal windsplits forward of the unskirted wheel housing.

Cadillac1958A

The grille insert was wider and the bumper guards positioned lower. The quad headlamps were new.

Cadillac1958B

The word Cadillac appeared in block letters on the rear fins. The fins were less pronounced.

Cadillac1958C

Sweet. She was parked alongside my house in Wausau!
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Cadillac1976

Cadillac Coupe de Ville 1976: I had a tough time putting a year identification on this beauty. I've gone with 1976, though there is an outside chance she's a 1975. In 1976, Cadillac and Lincoln were the only two luxury cars in the US. In 1977, Cadillac moved to lighter, shorter and narrower de Villes, so this is really a classic.

Cadillac1976A

Now there's some Dee-troit iron in this Caddy. I found her parked at Chet & Emil's in Birnamwood, Shawno County. The driver needs binoculars to see the front of his car!