“Don’t overthink it.” This is an admonishment I’m used to. It can be a real buzzkill to have someone explain to you, in scientific, psychological terms, why you like something. Sometimes, you just like something, and don’t need an in-depth analysis of why. This 1967 Cadillac Eldorado is one such object. One look at this jaunty, juniper-colored masterpiece, and I want to go home, open up all the windows, put on some Lalo Schifrin records and pour myself an extra-dry martini. Looking at this car makes me feel good.
I understand that in order to sell in today’s market, even specialty cars have to be somewhat practical – given that they cost a larger percentage of what we earn compared to yesteryear, given all the extras and safety equipment they must have. I also understand that recreating a luxobarge today with the wildly inefficient proportions of a car like this one (long hood, long rear overhang, compromised interior space) would be a futile exercise. But just look at those lines. I wish I could afford a suit as crisply tailored.
In a recent post by CC contributor Jim Klein (CC Capsule: 1976 Cadillac Sedan de Ville Centennial Sheriff Edition), he opined that his subject car was “the kind of car that made America great and made people want to cross the big pond to get here. Nobody is coming here to drive a CTS.” Word to all of that. Here’s hoping the looks of Cadillac’s future models incorporate a little more paintbrush and a little less protractor. If the brilliant, stately styling of the new CT6 flagship is any indication, Cadillac appears to be continuing its move back in that direction.
Andersonville, Chicago, Illinois.
Saturday, October 11, 2014.