Only one question: accident or on purpose?
The pink VW pickup going by just as I pulled the trigger was an accident, but around here, it’s not all that unlikely of one.
It’s as big an accident as the old Mighty Max pickups that said ITS BS on the tailgate.
on purpose, for sure definitely ‘evil’… standard of the ‘cars not to buy’ – my dad had a few of these Cadillacs each one worse than the last. Never did figure out why he kept buying them. I guess the mystique of the name, purely a mystery to me.
I like it.
Great car… so long as you’re willing to do some serious wrenching and don’t mind an extra thousand pounds of unneeded plasticized heft.
As for the VW pickup…. if it weren’t for the diesel they would have been forgotten…
It’s been done on purpose. Like the not uncommon “YO” on the tailgate of Toyota pickups. One of the more original ones I saw many years ago was a Dodge “DRAT.” Chrysler had this penchant for using individual letters on their cars, and someone had rearranged them on the quarter panel.
Yeah. I once named an old Ford Econoline van I had…”D O R F”. Switched the F and D on the rear…gave it a laughable-sounding name to go with the laughable advertisement for indigence that it was.
Other things I’d seen, mostly in college or high-school lots…D O G made out of Dodge lettering; G O D done the same; Ratson or Rat,. using the back gate of a Datsun pickup truck; S S on Nissan trucks.
I guess the possibilities are endless. I give this guy credit, though…in keeping with his upper-strata car, he chose a more quietly ironic personalization…
Years ago I remember seening a picture in a car magazine of someone that took their Sentra and put “Minima” on the trunklid somehow…
There’s a Dodge 1500 4×4 driven by the superintendents secretary that has DOG on the tailgate.
My uncle had a ’59 Pontiac, which had P O N T I A C across its lower dash, with an ash tray at each end.
Easily switching them, his car was a C O N T I A P.
I’ve thought of doing the same with a Pontiac BonnEVILle, though I’ve more often wanted to turn a car into something “bad” and find a way to shorten “Something Wicked This Way Comes” so it will fit on a personalized plate. With only 8 letters that can be used in most states, I don’t see that happening.
Yeah – plates can be fun.
I always wanted to get this plate:
It would make sense, if you read it in your rear-view mirror as I’m riding your bumper.
By the time I had the disposable income to waste on a vanity plate, though, the Great State of Ohoho had either given that one out or blocked it.
I saw a very clever “mirror” vanity plate a couple of years ago. It came up behind me on the highway and I saw TIMOTHY in the mirror. All caps that have left-to-right symmetry. Great imagination.
I had a 3TT3V vanity plate in my collection for a while too.
Cadillacs are shiny pieces of crap. I got one for free after my Mom died and I traded as soon as my tax return came in. Every damned month for 8 months it was some stupid thing breaking like the trunk lid retraction motor, air suspension leveler, the glovebox door or the driver’s side window guides. It was the 4.1 V-8, too.
The last straw was when the motor mounts started going thunk every time I hit the accelerator and then the A/C didn’t want to work in anything hotter than 90 degrees, My father then told me he and mom spent over $1,000 getting the A/C fixed three years earlier and was told by that mechanic to not use it when the yellow A/C warning light came (yes, a warning light just like an oil or generator light was in the computerized information center) on or it would break again.
The car needs to be black. A white car with EVIL on the back just doesn’t cut it.
When I had my Coupe DeVille I had an odd craving for a Burgundy Zoot Suit. As the Joe Nichols song goes, I think the Devil drives a Coupe De Ville..:D
(For non-Country music fans I highly recommend Brokenheartsville!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJtA-KqK_Lo Great Song and Video, though I always liked Cadillacs of that era better as coupes than as convertibles.
Though don’t forget that sometimes you just have to do it “Cadillac Style.”
Although when I think what a great name Cadillac was and what GM did to it, I want to cry out and scream like George Taylor (character) in Planet of the Apes “YOU MANIACS! YOU BLEW IT UP! OH, DAMN YOU! GODDAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!”
Ask anybody who’s ever had to shell out to replace a pair of MagneRide shocks, and they’ll say it was done on purpose.
I dont see the Northstar emblem on the other side of the trunk lid, so I would say it’s slightly evil.
Though if it had MD plates, you could say it belongs to Dr. Evil?
(Again, I’m always late to comment.)
Someone at my apartment complex has a late 80’s/early 90’s Mazda 626. He got a number off a similar Mazda and rebadged his as a “Mazda 666”. Funny stuff.
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