Vintage C/D Review: Six Luxury Cars – 1965 Rolls-Royce, Mercedes 600, Cadillac, Lincoln, Jaguar and Imperial

(first posted 5/29/2012; updated with additional images in 2015)     At Curbside Classic, we spend our days debating the merits (or deficits) of old cars, based on our faulty memories, prejudices and subjective impressions from so many decades ago. So every once in a while, it’s good to get in the time machine, and go back to the source of so many of them: the car magazine tests we absorbed as innocent (gullible?) youngsters, like this one of six luxury cars from the July 1965 Car and Driver. I remember it so well, or thought I did, as it’s obvious we tend to remember those details that reinforce our own prejudices (the Mercedes 600 criticized for cheap switchgear and controls as well as poor ergonomics? The Imperial for poor workmanship?) Ouch.

Originally, I was going to do six separate pieces on these cars, with snippets from the original review. But I decided that it’s a fascinating time capsule by itself, so I’ll just shut up, sprinkle in some CC pictures, and turn the time machine back forty-seven years, when I was twelve and sucked up each and every word of this. Or thought I did.

What inspired this trip down memory lane was this 1965 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham, exactly like the one in the test, posted at the Cohort by wooriegi. It was obviously shot in New York City, which is where the original test was done, back when C&D was located there. Is it the same car?

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My homage to the 1965 Lincoln Continental is here.

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CC’s own coverage of five of these 1965 luxury cars:

1965 Lincoln Continental: The Last Great American Luxury Car  by Paul Niedermeyer

1965-1966 Cadillac Sedan DeVille – The King’s Last Stand   by Laurence Jones

Jaguar Mark X – Curvaceous Contrarian  by Perry Shoar

1965 Imperial Crown Coupe – Incomparable   by Perry Shoar

Outtake: Rolls Royce Silver Cloud I  by Paul Niedermeyer