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Personal Luxury Cars 101

Personal Luxury Cars 101

'64 Buick RivieraCaught between a luxury car and a sport sedan, the personal luxury car was a favorite in the post-war era. The personal luxury car is typically a two-door sedan loaded with gadgets and goodies. It’s less expensive than the luxury cars typically made by manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes, and Bentley. Most of the personal luxury cars were made by American car manufacturers, although the luxurious Lincolns and Cadillacs were considered luxury cars.

The Pontiac Star Chief: Bringing Lucy to California in Style!

The Pontiac Star Chief: Bringing Lucy to California in Style

1956 Star ChiefThe Pontiac Star Chief was the luxurious convertible car that appeared in the popular show I Love Lucy during the fourth season, which took place during 1954 and 1955. Lucy, Ricky, Ethel, and Fred drive this classic 1950s car all the way from New York City to Hollywood. The comic foursome carried on their typical hijinks while they showed the world what the typical American road trip was like.

Bugatti Type 57

Bugatti Type 57Bugatti Type 57

Legendary luxury car brand and supercar manufacturer Bugatti made the Type 57 model for just a few years in the 1930s and produced a mere 710 units during that time. Bugatti cars date back all the way to 1909 when Ettore Bugatti founded the company in Germany. This revolutionary car maker was not an engineer. He was an artist, which helps to explain the impressive styling legend of the Bugatti Type 57 and other models.

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.