These are the 10 sickest Cadillacs ever made
When the legendary Buddy Holly can sing, “My love is bigger than a Cadillac. I try to show it, and you take me back, “so you know these Cadillacs are not only big and majestic with huge price points, but there’s something more that drives our passion for these exquisite machines.
The Cadillac has evolved. Who can forget these pictures of these majestic Cadillacs from the 1930s? Or, how about those 50s heels, which sparked a sense of not just class, but luxury and grandeur? Not to mention the long wheelbase that we loved at Cadillac. Then see the evolution of Cadillac with their concept cars. Let’s take a trip to some of the sickest classic cars Cadillacs that have filled us with enthusiasm over the years.
ten Cadillac Phaeton 5859
Sometimes the greatest ideas arise from the most difficult circumstances. The Cadillac Phaeton 5859 made its debut during the Depression era. For that time, the price was beyond the means of most. But if you were in the market, the wait times for this luxury car could be up to 15 months.
The Cadillac Phaeton 5859 was powered by Cadillac’s powerful 16-cylinder engine, developing 185 horsepower. This beast had the power but also the exquisite luxury one expects from a Cadillac, with its leather-upholstered interior, not to mention its clean body design.
9 Cadillac Mirage
Starting as a Cadillac Coupé DeVille and then converted, the Cadillac Mirage was aimed at the breeder, the farmer or the sportsman. Gene Winfield was the man behind its creation. Winfield was a legend in automotive customization, even working on films to create vehicles such as those seen in Blade runner and Robocop.
The 1976 Cadillac Mirage is powered by an 8.2-liter V8 engine, developing just 200 horsepower with 400 lb-ft of torque. But what sets the Mirage apart among Cadillacs is of course this pickup truck body!
8 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham
With only 400 produced in 57 and 304 in 58, the Cadillac Eldorado Brougham was a limited edition piece of automotive luxury. The ’57 Brougham was equipped with a 365 cubic inch V-8, developing 325 horsepower, as well as GM’s Hydra-Matic four-speed transmission.
In 58, GM’s design director Harley Earl retired, making the Brougham one of his last models. Earl was a company legend and the Brougham articulated some of the features of previous models into a lavish design, with a price tag at the time that lived up to its reputation.
7 1949 Cadillac Coupe De Ville
Inspiration can come from anywhere. And that’s no truer than with these 3rd generation Cadillac Series 62 rear wings, produced from 1948 onwards, taking inspiration from the Lockheed P-38 Lightning fighter plane (thanks to senior designer from Cadillac Frank Hershey and Harley Earl, who licensed Hershey’s 1948 Design Cadillac). The 1949 Coupe De Ville incorporates the rear fin.
Delivering 160 horsepower, the 1949 Cadillac Coupe De Ville was powered by this distinctive Cadillac V8, replacing the L-head, the engine that once powered the Cadillac. November 25, 1949 was an important date for Cadillac when the millionth Cadillac was built on their Clark Street assembly line in Detroit. Yes, it was a Cadillac Coupe DeVille!
6 1959 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz
225 inches long with a 130-inch wheelbase, along with its distinctive rear spoilers, which were almost as high as the top of the windshield, the 1959 Eldorado Biarritz was one of the great automobile models of the 1950s.
The 1959 Eldorado Biarritz was powered by a 390 cc V8 engine, developing 345 horsepower. Let’s not forget those rocket-shaped tail lights, slick side panels and an interior that transports you to the 50s, with its leather upholstery.
5 The Cadillac tank
Cadillac’s wartime involvement was significant. 10,142 light tanks were produced by Cadillac during World War II, according to Charles K. Hyde. Dubbed the “Cadillac Tank,” the M5 Stuart Light Tank was the result of an expected shortage of Continental engines. Cadillac suggested using a pair of Cadillac V8 engines. And so, the “Cadillac Tank” was born.
The purpose of the “Cadillac Tank” during the war was infantry support, flank security and reconnaissance. Cadillac would eventually build other tanks, such as the M41 Walker Bulldog, produced in the early 1950s.
4 Cadillac Sky
Unveiled in 2011, the Cadillac Ciel concept is powered by a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developing 425 horsepower, coupled to a hybrid system using a lithium-ion battery.
The interior of this four-seater convertible not only features an olive wood grain, which in itself is remarkable considering the painstaking efforts to locate the 300-year-old Italian olive tree and ship the wood, but also hand-sewn leather seats. Pure class!
3 Cadillac 1928 341A Series
Al Capone, known as ‘Scarface’, the gangster who found his notoriety during the Prohibition years of the Roaring Twenties. Its bulletproof Cadillac Series 341A from 1928 made headlines in 2020, up for auction. Its Cadillac Series 341A was powered by a V8 engine, developing 90 horsepower, capable of reaching 110 mph.
Modifications to Al Capone’s Cadillac reflected his notoriety, installing bulletproof glass and steel armor. Let’s not forget that smugglers in this era were notorious for modifying their cars, not only to evade the police, but also to transport more of their precious stock. They were known as the “moonshine runners”.
2 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster
January 4, 1930 is an important date for reducers. It was the day the Cadillac V-16 made its debut at the New York Auto Show. The engine, paired with a Fleetwood Roadster bodywork, created the perfect union of sportiness and class with a technological masterpiece that was also visually stunning.
It was a driving force to see. This V16 engine produced 320 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm, developing 175 horsepower. No one other than Harley Earl, along with Cadillac chief Larry Fisher, were the brains behind this defining moment in Cadillac history.
1 Global thorium fuel concept
Thorium. Abundant in the earth’s crust, even more than uranium. In addition, an energy source, a more profitable source than uranium, for example, while being a more environmentally friendly option.
Now turn to the World Thorium Fuel Concept, created to last 100 years without maintenance. The engine, based on current models, would weigh 500 pounds. Designed by Loren Kulesus, this concept car is arguably the next step in the evolution of the automobile.
NEXT: Is Thorium the Fuel of Our Automotive Future?
Sources: Hyde, Charles K. (2013). Arsenal of Democracy: The American Auto Industry During World War II. Detroit: Wayne State University Press.
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