Cohort Outtake: The Case of the Shrinking Cadillac

Cadillac 1968 conv red

This shot posted by LeSabretooth Tiger caught my eye; when doesn’t a vintage Cadddy convertible in traffic? It certainly shows off how distinctive it is compared to current cars, but there’s something else I’ve been noticing more and more over the years: They’re not as big as they once seemed.

Especially in the 1980s and 1990s, when everything became so small, these big cars from the 60s and 70s really earned their name “land yacht” and “barge”. But nowadays, when everything is so much bigger and taller, they’re starting to look downright delicate. Still a bit long, but the overall mass is surprisingly modest. Who would have thought we’d get to that point? More like “land runabout”.