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1953 Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado

In the 50s and 60s the selection was smaller than it is right now, and this was certainly a good thing for the Detroit Big Three. When it came to luxury, Cadillac and Lincoln occupied a particular spot above the rest, but you had to decide if you were looking for sporty pizzazz or luxurious comfort.

This could be a difficult decision, but one thing that you find when you look into the history of automotive marketing is that the manufacturers were more than willing to develop new niches.

Hot August Nights Private Vintage Collection Up for Auction

One of the largest collections of Hot August Nights vintage cars in the United States is housed in Carson City, Nevada.  Why have you never heard of this collection, you ask?  Because owner and Carson City developer, Garth Richards, has chosen to keep it a secret to avoid vandalism and other issues. That was until he made the decision to auction off the majority of the 200+ cars that he has been collecting for over 37 years.

“Companion” Marques: The Cadillac LaSalle

“Companion” marques was a term that was unheard of in the automotive industry before the 1920’s.  It was the idea of coming up with a product that could run between two different automotive names to help in closing the gaps between the brands. In 1927, the CEO of General Motors, Alfred Sloan, came up with the idea of “companion” marques because he was noticing price gaps in his car lines with no products to sell at those gap points. You see,originally, GM had a step process; Chevrolet was the entry level brand, then it went Oakland, Oldsmobile, Buick and then Cadillac, but due to product and engine improvements, some products were shifting out of line. Since this had been an era where automotive brands were somewhat restricted to building one model per year, Sloan thought adding a “companion” marque between each brand would boost business.  This is where the Cadillac LaSalle was born!

The Buick Reatta

Imagine a six-year old, curly-hair girl in pig-tails standing on the car lot holding her dad’s hand.  She’s looking around at what seems like an endless amount of shiny, brand-new cars, yet she spots this small, “bubble” looking white convertible and exclaims, “That’s what I want when I get big!”  Now, fast forward ten years to that same girl, now 16, and her squeals of delight, beaming smile and huge hug for the dad that just bought her that white, Buick Reatta convertible, when she got big!

30th Annual National Corvette Homecoming

If you are a Corvette lover, there is an event coming up, July 14-16, that you will not want to miss!  The 30th Annual National Corvette Homecoming will take place in Bowling Green, Kentucky at the Sloan Convention Center in the heart of town.  There are events for everyone, so bring the whole family.

1941 Cadillac Series 62

It is a recurring theme when you take a look at some of the classic American cars from days gone by, but it is really amazing to see the stylistic changes that are embodied in a single model that was able to stay in production over an extended period of time. The Cadillac Series 62 is one of these vehicles, a mid-size luxury car that made its  debut for the 1941 model year as the successor to the Series 70. It remained in production all the way through to 1964 and its history is broken down into five different distinct generations.

The Car Collection Of The Sultan Of Brunei

Hassanal Bolkiah, otherwise known as the Sultan of Brunei, has many great accomplishments under his belt. He was knighted by the Queen of England, has various honorary degrees including a Doctor of Law from Oxford, and has even been declared an Honorary Admiral of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom. Despite all these prestigious feathers in his cap, one of the things he is best known for is his extensive and extravagant car collection. Many would say it is the finest car collection in the world, and we are going to take a look at some of the best of the best that his garage has to offer.

“Ecto 1” – Ghostbuster “Ectomobile”

“You ain’t afraid of no…” Ghostbusters’ Ectomobile!  The 1959 Cadillac ambulance/hearse combination limo-style endloader is one of the most iconic vehicles from a movie.  The original Ecto 1 was built by Miller-Meteor Company and included a 6.5 liter V8 engine.  It was 20 feet long and 6.5 feet wide.

In the original Ghostbusters movie, character Ray Stantz, played by actor Dan Aykroyd, purchased the vehicle for $4800, which was very pricey for the 80’s and for the poor condition the vehicle was in.  The work that he describes doing on it is as follows:  suspension work, new shocks, brakes, brake pads, lining, transmission, rings, muffler, rear end and steering box and a little bit of wiring.  When it was complete, it had a bench large enough to fit 4 adults comfortably and room to store “proton packs, ecto goggles, P.K.E. meters” and other ghost traps.

Personal Luxury: The Cadillac Eldorado

People who were coming of age in the latter part of the 1960s and 1970s will remember how head-turning the razor sharp, sporty, classy and sexy Cadillac Eldorado was. This was a time when the “personal luxury car” was taking off after the niche was carved out by the Ford Thunderbird that made its debut for the 1955 model year.

The Eldorado was first introduced a couple of years earlier, in 1953, but it was offered as a specialty vehicle, a two-door convertible that would in fact be a great find today. There were just 532 specimens of the 1953 Cadillac Eldorado produced, carrying a price tag of $7,750. General Motors design wizard Harley Earl, the creator of the Corvette, was said to be especially fond of the stylistic effect of the Eldo’s wraparound windshield.