Classic Car Rescue

Cadillac

The first car to incorporate electrical ignition and lighting…

Cadillac

Named after 17th century French explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac – the man who discovered The Motor City that is Detroit – the Cadillac oozes opulence. “The Standard of the World” and America’s premiere luxury car, it pioneered the features of precision engineering and power steering. But its history had less of a smooth ride.

In many ways Cadillac history reflects the changes in American values. In the 40's its reputation was tarnished by charges of racism against black customers including boxing legend Joe Louis who was famously refused entry to the showroom. It then became the epitome of post-war affluence in the 50's, enticing the upper classes to the likes of the Coupe de Ville and Fleetwood El Dorado. Under pressure from both the anti-materialism fervour of the 70's, and the 1973 oil-crisis, the Cadillac significantly downsized. And today the Cadillac One has become President Obama’s beefed up ride, nicknamed ‘The Beast’.

But it was Elvis’ obsession with Cadillac’s that really planted the car in popular culture. Elvis’ Pink Cadillac - the Elvis Rose - remains on permanent display at Graceland and has inspired songs from Bruce Springsteen to Nathalie Cole and the eponymous 1989 Clint Eastwood movie. 

Comments (15)

  • Bob L

    6 months ago

    Bob L

    On the show, they replaced a leaking vacuum modulator on the transmission. Trouble is, 1954 Cadillacs did not have a vacuum modulator on the transmission. Did the car have a non-original transmission?

  • Maureen

    over 1 year ago

    Maureen

    I have a 1970 Sedan de Ville to be restored. One original owner. Mileage if I read it right 40243/5718. Excellent engine. Just probably needs gaskets, seals as has been sitting. So if Mario and Bernie are interested in having a look.

  • Dave

    over 1 year ago

    Dave

    Love the 1954 Cadillac!!! I'm from Canada, close to where the show was filmed ... I own a 1954 Cadillac myself ... although the appraisal was only 1/2 of what they recieved for their car ... Love to find a shop that could rechromed my Caddy for only $3500 ... ;-) The 1st question the appraiser asked me was " do you have $20,000 for getting every thing chromed " ... :-(

  • Simon

    over 1 year ago

    Simon

    All cars had electrical ignition Maybe it should say electronic ignition Good show though

  • Dave woolly

    over 1 year ago

    Dave woolly

    Oh yeah rock n roll in all its glory, absolutely vintage and its for me, yep siree i am still rock n rollin and this true vintage would suit nicely thank you. Let the rock n roll, boogie woogie, rockabilly vibes blast the windows out!

  • darren

    over 1 year ago

    darren

    its a luv & hate thing. not my cuppa - looks good though/like new. (mustang & 911 = drule)

  • SB1241

    over 1 year ago

    SB1241

    So beautiful, Cadillac has been and will always be my dream car. But since Cadillac UK closed in 2009 there has been no new/RHD (yes LHD is better and correct but unfortunately RHD is safer and cheaper on insurance in UK) stock :( Funny how the above info about the show and the show itself doesn't mention or show new Cadillacs? The No.1 SUV in the world is the Escalade, the best saloon was the CTS till the ATS and XTS was released this year (2012). And now the upcoming ELR (basically a luxury Chevy Volt). My dream Cadillac is the SRX :) If only Saab was around there version would have been realased :( PS: USA rules!

  • colin mann

    over 1 year ago

    colin mann

    love the cadillac to much money for me love to win her beautifull style

  • Bob

    over 1 year ago

    Bob

    Wow I 'd really like the caddy - a real style icon...such beautiful lines. Have entered the compy again so fingers crossed. Not sure it would fit in the garage, but there's always the living room !!

  • North East American Car Club  www.americancars.ac

    over 1 year ago

    North East American Car Club www.americancars.ac

    With been a lover of american cars and owning one,I am going to put my name forward for the chance to win the caddy. Nice to see these programs on tv,Whats the next car planned

  • lenny newton

    over 1 year ago

    lenny newton

    I learned that there is a rare classic collectors treasure coming on the market*a 1931 v16 4door conv.. Wish I could afford it. oh well, maybe next time!

  • wellsey

    over 1 year ago

    wellsey

    good luck with the comp Darren! you never know when luck will strike.i'm just waiting for that winning phone call.

  • darren

    over 1 year ago

    darren

    I like that Wellsey. two for the price of one? My choice so far is the Mustang - (would be in shock if I won it - its a true car) The Mrs & Me both thought the 911 was striking. Realistically think I will be sticking with my little 1.4 Fiat all the time, as never win anything :c (miss the Roar of having a V8 shouting "get out of the way" - but do have some fun in the Fiat as allot quicker up to 60 than my old V8 & very understated)

  • wellsey

    over 1 year ago

    wellsey

    not my style this one,might enter the competition and hope the caddy fails the UK MOT that way channel five might offer the £10,000 instead.i would sort my jeep out. that way there's 2 cars rescued.of course mario and bernie would have too do the work on my jeep.

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