Let’s take a look at some advanced styling models for the 1971 Cadillac. The production version was all-new, and somewhat of a departure from previous Cadillacs. Here are some of the various design models that influenced it.
This semi-fastback coupe’s roof line wasn’t used, but it does show other aspects that worked their way into the process.
But not as much as this formal-roof line coupe, which is quite close to the real thing.
Thankfully, this awkward rear bumper and fin treatment didn’t make it. I see that they were trying a symmetrical top-bottom approach back there, but why? It just doesn’t work.
There’s not much question that the ’71 was going to be BIG.
This one also has a variation of that symmetrical rear end, which apparently was under serious consideration. What a battleship!