Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2017: 1962 Cadillac custom convertible

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1962 Cadillac custom convertible | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the first in a 10-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold April 6-8  during Barrett-Jackson’s Palm Beach auction.

Known as “Cadalina,” this 1962 Cadillac custom convertible combines the  original body lines and space-age flavor of the original car with modern presence and function. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017: 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

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1959 Cadillac series 62 convertible | Barrett-Jackson photo

Editor’s note: This is the 14th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 14-22 during Barrett-Jackson’s 46th Scottsdale auction.

Offered during the 46th annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, this 1959 Cadillac Series 62 convertible has been restored in red with matching red-and-white leather interior and white top.

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Driven: all-new 2017 Cadillac XT5

Cadillac pushes the styling envelope with the design of its new XT5 | Bob Golfen
Cadillac pushes the styling envelope with the design of its new XT5 | Bob Golfen

Picture an alien spacecraft approaching above a dark highway and you get the idea of the styling of Cadillac’s latest midsize crossover SUV, the XT5. This exotic-looking SUV, which introduces a new chassis and new nomenclature for the GM luxury brand, replaces the SRX for 2017.

XT5 is a flashy rendition even by Cadillac’s usual extroverted standards, a showy look-at-me crossover patterned after the division’s other SUVs and sedans, including its biggest and most high-profile product, Escalade. The lighting up front, with the flowing LED strips running down the fenders, are certainly distinctive, and everybody will see you coming, especially at night. Continue reading

Mecum heads to Southern California for collector car auction

A lavishly customized 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille is an Anaheim feature | Mecum Auction photos
A lavishly customized 1959 Cadillac Coupe DeVille is an Anaheim feature | Mecum Auction photos

Mecum Auctions rolls into Southern California on Thursday for its annual three-day sale at the Anaheim Convention Center, with about 750 muscle cars, customs and classics offered for bidding. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1961 Cadillac Coupe DeVille

The Cadillac Coupe DeVille shows off its sharp-edged styling
The Cadillac Coupe DeVille shows off its sharp-edged styling

As excessive as the 1961 Cadillac seems today, it was actually quite toned down from the wildly ebullient 1959 Cadillac with its towering rocket fins. Sure, there are some serious tailfins here, but General Motors’ new knife-edge styling brought them down to earth.

The Pick of the Day is a 1961 Cadillac Coupe DeVille said to be a two-owner California car in beautiful condition behind a partial restoration. The DeVille is incredibly long, stretching out 18-and-a-half feet, with the strongly horizontal body contours making it look even more so. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1976 Cadillac Castilian station wagon

The Cadillac Castilian is a converted Fleetwood created by a California coachbuilder
The Cadillac Castilian is a converted Fleetwood created by a California coachbuilder

Before the CTS Sport Wagon, Cadillac station wagons were a rare breed, unless you count the classic ambulances that brought you to the hospital or, alternatively, the hearses that shuffled off your mortal coil.

But regular family-style station wagons, not so much. Which is why the Pick of the Day, a 1976 Cadillac Castilian station wagon, seems like such an oddity from the disco days. But you’d hardly choose this ostentatious Caddy wagon for schlepping the kids off to soccer practice, unless maybe you were Tony Soprano. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1941 Cadillac Series 61

The fastback styling of the 1941 Cadillac inspired  designers for such classics as the Bentley Continental
The fastback styling of the 1941 Cadillac inspired designers for such classics as the Bentley Continental R

Of all pre- and early post-war American cars, the Sedanette cars from Cadillac and Buick are some of the finest automobile designs of any era. You can see the design language all through the acclaimed Bentley Continental R fastbacks of the 1950s.

The bonus is that they cost a fraction of what the Bentley does, and they offer exclusivity and elegance along with the low operating costs of an American classic. Continue reading

At age 75, a celebration for the 1941 Cadillac

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The cars most-owned by members of the national club are 1941 and 1976 Cadillacs | Cadillac & LaSalle Potomac Region chapter

Ever wonder what the most popular cars are for members of the Cadillac & LaSalle Club? According to the club’s Potomac Region chapter, the cars most-owned by members of the national club are 1941 and 1976 Cadillacs.

With that in mind, the Potomac Region’s annual fall car show will be a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the 1941 Cadillac. Continue reading

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2016: 1952 Cadillac Series 62 convertible

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1952 Cadillac Series 62 convertible | Barrett-Jackson photos

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a 30-day series featuring cars from the Tammy Allen Collection to be sold October 13-15 at Barrett-Jacksons 2016 Las Vegas Auction. 

After World War II, automakers were eager to produce new designs. By 1949, new models started to appear. Cadillac had displaced Packard as the leader in the luxury car segment with flashy styling and high performance and was the choice of a new generation of buyers.

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Driven (at last to the drive-in theater): 1960 Cadillac Eldorado

We parked the Caddy next to the drive-in theater's own pink-and-blue VW Beetle | Larry Edsall photos
We parked the Caddy next to the drive-in theater’s own pink-and-blue VW Beetle | Larry Edsall photos

The plan seemed simple enough: Let’s take old cars to the drive-in movie some night, just like back in the day when the cars were new. Little did we know that it would take three years to get there.

But last week, on Wednesday night, we did, indeed, drive from Traverse City, Michigan, about 25 miles down the Honor Highway to watch a movie from the seats of a couple of classic cars at the Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre: Northern Michigan’s Only Drive-In Theater. Continue reading