Secret Love

1963 Cadillac

1963 Cadillac

My family never had a Cadillac. My grandparents always had a beige or brown Mercedes, and the Wagoneer, “Old Blue,” at the ranch. My father stuck with the Mercedes thing except for a detour in the late 1960s and the requisite VW bus. Other friends’ families had Cadillacs. I coveted them and was deeply jealous. The Mercedes was nice and staid, and said, “Please. We’re not flashy.” But a yellow Cadillac said, “What the hell, let’s have drinks and get into trouble.” When you’re 13, this sounds far better. Now the unfortunate part of this is that by the time I could buy a Cadillac they were, forgive me, ugly. For awhile I considered buying a vintage one and researched every year and make. Like most of us, I’ve been conditioned too well. It sounds like a swell plan, but when the time came to head to the vintage car auction, I thought, “well, they really are kind of flashy.”

For me, 1964 was the pinnacle year. The fins were still in place, but had lost the trashy factor of the 1959 model. The profile is clean and almost a perfect rectangle. It’s sleek and clean. It’s probably a good thing that I’m not the CEO at GM. If I were, I’d be retooling and pumping out 1964 Cadillac Eldorados. If they worked like a new car and had all the features we now want, like seat belts, who wouldn’t want one? And if they were all over the road, I wouldn’t feel too flashy in mine.

1964 Cadillac Eldorado

1964 Cadillac Eldorado

1962 Cadillac Eldorado

1962 Cadillac Eldorado

1960 Cadillac Eldorado

1960 Cadillac Eldorado

1959 Cadillac, too flashy

1959 Cadillac, too flashy

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4 Responses to “Secret Love”

  1. marian bantjes Says:

    There’s no such thing as too flashy! I wish you were the CEO of GM because I want the 64 convertible so bad I could … I could … I-don’t-know-what. But what has always prevented me from getting a vintage car (including the much-coveted Jaguar E-Type), is that they drive like shit, and my days of suffering through broken-down cars are (hopefully) over. Plus the gas mileage. I think the hood and trunk of the Eldorado would be a great location for solar panels!

  2. marian bantjes Says:

    oh Sean, can you add to the above post, after “Jaguar E-Type—AKA The Penis Car”
    ? thx! xoxo

  3. Jim Madson Says:

    A good friend of mine had a white, 1964 Cadillac, 4-door hardtop. It was lovely, sat about 8 people and had five ashtrays. Now that is class!

  4. Sean Says:

    You and I should take car repair lessons together and we could buy them and be gear-heads.