Goodfellas and the Cadillac
Martin Scorsese knows how to make movies. He also knows what cars to add to them. The Gen-X viewers who love his films from the 1980s and 1990s, like Casino, Clockers, The Grifters, Goodfellas, The Color of Money, and Cape Fear, are now buying the cars that were often featured in his films. Interestingly, the prices of the 1970s and 1980s Cadillacs, like the Cadillac Eldorado are increasing in value as Scorsese fans want to emulate the style of their favorite characters like Ace Rothstein, Lester Diamond, and Frankie Carbone.
In Casino, Robert De Niro’s character, Ace Rothstein drove an early 1980s Cadillac Eldorado. But, throughout the film, older Caddies made cameo appearances as the movie showcased early 1980s Las Vegas elegance. The knife-edge rear was a unique styling feature of the Eldorado. Scorsese fans who want that iconic Vegas look are shopping for 1967 Cadillac Eldorado models in black with the hidden headlights and the classic Vegas gangster vibe.
Another popular option that screams Casino, is the iconic 1971-1978 Cadillac Eldorado. While the 1967 model has that classic 1960s cool style, the 1970s version looks like it belongs in that stylistically challenged decade. This version did come in a convertible style, but whether it was convertible or not, it looks more Don King than Don Draper. Because the dons who ruled Vegas in the 1970s loved their Cadillacs, Scorsese fans who loved his 1970s films choose the 1971-1978 Eldorados over any other model years.
The fans of Goodfellas know that the 1971-1976 Cadillac DeVille was THE car. This car was perfect for hiding bodies (or yard trimmings as the iconic Fat Tony from The Simpsons does with his). This car measured in a just a bit over 19 feet in length. If you decide to buy a vintage DeVille because of your love for Goodfellas, you can brag that your car was made in the Linden Cadillac plant near Fort Lee, New Jersey where the movie was filmed. If you prefer a slightly smaller DeVille, you could go with the next model version, which was the same as the hot pink car that Johnny Roastbeef used for his last ride.