Thursday, July 9, 2009

1930 - When design ruled and American cars were to be admired

Today I fell in love with another car. Here is a taste:



















My 1994 former Viper RT/10, My 1971 280SL, the Bugatti Type 57 Atalante, the Ford GTX-1, the Lambo LM002, these have been some of the members of my fantasy garage...to which today I added another member.

452 cubic inches (7.2 liters), V16, powered, 1930 Cadillac Roadster.

A "Playboy's Car" in the Truest sense.

Turned polished dash, dual vacuum-assist fuel pumps, Golf Bag cubby, oak canopy struts, Running board puddle lamps, Triple fender steps, porcelain hood emblem, Rumble seat that could seat an elephant, articulating front lamps, and dashboard lights of stainless bullets. These are just a few of the elegant features.

But it is perhaps the body work and fenders that go on for MILES that made me fall hardest. This is a car who is from an era when design was alive and American cars truly were at their zenith. There was, at the time, nothing that an automotive connoisseur could have desired more. No excuses, no embellishments, this was the pinnacle.

We have lost that in this country - it is almost too obvious to even point that out - but one visit to a car like this, and I am doubly determined to bring it back responsibly.

A recent friend of mine, bought this in Florida several years ago and has had it lovingly restored.












































































And if seeing is not believing, then perhaps you will get the vibe when it is cranked over! It has been said that the only thing you should hear when a Cadillac V16 is running is the sound of the fan blowing air into the carburetor air horns. Judge for yourself...



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