: Most beautiful Cadillacs of all time?



I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-04-11, 01:54 AM
Just curious what you think...

1956 Eldorado Seville.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2258/2481336425_8ff522cf40.jpg
http://ned.ronet.ru/0/1956%20Cadillac%20Eldorado%20Seville_2.jpg

I really like these because they still have the typical early '50s era Cadillac front end, but with a more daring, rakish tail fin like what would become popular in the next few years. Aside from the Eldorado Biarritz, all the other Cadillacs in 1956 had a much more subtle fin and it didn't look as exciting as the Eldorados. The later '50s Cadillacs looked much heavier and busier by comparison, except for this one...

1959-60 Eldorado Brougham. It was Cadillac's version of a Rolls Royce, the most expensive car sold in America, even outdoing the RR & Bentley when it was new. It has the long, low shape of the 59-60 Cadillac, but with a much smoother, sharper look.
http://svammelsurium.blogg.se/images/2009/1960-cadillac-eldorado-brougham_65909183.jpg
http://www.cartype.com/pics/3802/full/cadillac_eldorado_brougham_s.jpg


Obviously, Cadillac has had a lot of awesome designs over the years, but these two stick out in my mind as being the most classically beautiful overall.

Other notable mentions IMO:
1967-68 Eldorado (before they did away with the hideaway headlights)
1960 model line

I like the newer stuff as well, but it's not beautiful in the classical sense like the '50s-60s era models are.

Aron9000
06-04-11, 02:57 AM
Of the pre-war era Cadillacs, I was always fond of the 41 models. First year for eggcrate grill baby.

http://www.vfrclc.org/images/MWat41b.jpg

johnny kannapo
06-04-11, 03:10 AM
I like the 57's

http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-1950-1959/1957-Cadillac-Series-62-Hardtop.jpg
http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-1950-1959/1957-Cadillac-Series-62-Hardtop-3.jpg

Playdrv4me
06-04-11, 03:16 AM
Then and now...

http://www.cartype.com/pics/6681/full/cadillac_eldorado_biarritz_59.jpg

http://www.lemonlawvehicle.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/cadillac-xlrv.jpg

johnny kannapo
06-04-11, 03:29 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/ff/Caddy-Eldorado-B1958.jpg/800px-Caddy-Eldorado-B1958.jpg

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-04-11, 07:41 AM
At a local car show about eight years ago, I spotted a mint black/silver 1957 or 58 Eldorado Brougham in the show area. I ran over to take a closer look, and the man who owned it was a former Minneapolis chief of police and after a few minutes of talking about the car, he actually let me sit in the back seat! I don't remember the details very well, but I do remember how soft the lambswool carpeting was.

FrankT
06-04-11, 08:34 AM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/ff/Caddy-Eldorado-B1958.jpg/800px-Caddy-Eldorado-B1958.jpg

Wow, stunning! What a great looking classic!

RippyPartsDept
06-04-11, 09:45 AM
yeah the '57 Eldo was always one of my favorites ...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3123/2656307733_c709099455.jpg

ryannel2003
06-04-11, 12:07 PM
I'm a fan of the toothy grilled '58, along with the Eldo Brougham of '57 and '58.

http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n46/ryannel2003/58cadillac62.jpg

orconn
06-04-11, 12:17 PM
I'd have to to go with the 1957's and 1960's, with the 1960's Cadillacs taking the "most beautiful" Cadillac prize by a nose!

The 1956 Eldorados, as well as the the rest of 1956 line came across to me as "over chromed" and very heavy, but the 1955's were one of the best years for looks of the fifties Cadillacs. The 1959 Cadillac, to me, epitomized the Harley Earl "Harlot" look, every time I see one I think of a belly dancer shaking all her bangles.

The sixties cars really hit the mark when it comes to "style with dignity" perhaps not the most beautiful, but the easiest to live with if you had the money to buy a new Cadillac in that decade!

vincentm
06-04-11, 01:11 PM
1958 Eldorado, 1960 Deville, and of course 1997 lol

-------------------------------------------------------
Sent from my Northstar powered phone

V-Eight
06-04-11, 04:40 PM
http://pics.livejournal.com/just_like_jazz/pic/000015b4

77CDV
06-04-11, 04:44 PM
http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa237/cmchally/1969%20Fleetwood%20trunk%20torsion%20bars/2010%20Lakewood%20Show/062.jpg

1949 Coupe de Ville and 1949 Club Coupe.

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa237/cmchally/1969%20Fleetwood%20trunk%20torsion%20bars/2010%20Lakewood%20Show/022.jpg

1958 Fleetwood Sixty Special

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa237/cmchally/2010%20Ventura%20Cove%20Meet/017.jpg

1960 Fleetwood Sixty Special

orconn
06-04-11, 05:10 PM
http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa237/cmchally/1969%20Fleetwood%20trunk%20torsion%20bars/2010%20Lakewood%20Show/062.jpg

1949 Coupe de Ville and 1949 Club Coupe.

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa237/cmchally/1969%20Fleetwood%20trunk%20torsion%20bars/2010%20Lakewood%20Show/022.jpg

1958 Fleetwood Sixty Special

http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa237/cmchally/2010%20Ventura%20Cove%20Meet/017.jpg

1960 Fleetwood Sixty Special

I'd definitely have to go with the 1960 Fleetwood Sixty Special, my dad had one of these, dark fine metallic grey (my friends and I called it "Snob Appeal Grey") with a black top, nice combination except in the town we moved to after we bought the car the undertaker had taken this combination for all his vehicles. He didn't have a Fleetwood Sixty Special, but I am sure many thought my dad's car was one of the undertaker's fleet!

The interior of the 1960 Cadillacs were especially tasteful for a car of this era. Across the Cadillac line the interiors were nicely done and not overdone as some of the cars were during that period.

For it's day the 1960 Cadillac was not a bad driving car, very smooth, quiet and powerful ... but subject to cross wind stability. I drove my dad's Fleetwood a lot when we went on trips around the Midwest and it was an enjoyable drive on the highway, not so enjoyable on the back road twisties.

The 1949 Coupe de Ville and the Sedanette are two of my favorites too. I am especially fond of the Sedanette, but would settle for a '49 model 62 convertible as well.

SDCaddyLacky
06-04-11, 05:59 PM
The most beautiful Cadillac's, and the most impressive one's were from the 30's up to 1960.

The 50's looking like they cost a million dollars to build, especially the 59-60 and the 56-57 Eldorado Broughams.

I too love the 55's and more so the 53 Cadillac Coupe Devilles. The 49 also being lovely and sharp.

The 1960's Cadillacs were also still very nice, but not as impressive or bold compared to the 50's Cads.

DouglasJRizzo
06-04-11, 07:20 PM
1976 Eldorado Convertible in Greenbrier Firemist w White top and white/green interior.
1974 Fleetwood Talisman Regal Blue Firemist

Destroyer
06-04-11, 08:21 PM
Then and now...

http://www.cartype.com/pics/6681/full/cadillac_eldorado_biarritz_59.jpg

http://www.lemonlawvehicle.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/cadillac-xlrv.jpg
Then was king of the hill. Now it's "Am I an SL yet?". :helpless:

johnny kannapo
06-04-11, 08:42 PM
http://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz183/billytheshoe/junk/ffc79a63.jpghttp://i826.photobucket.com/albums/zz183/billytheshoe/junk/20525978.jpg

Night Wolf
06-04-11, 10:01 PM
While not on the same level as the classics, my '93 Coupe not only was special to me, but IMO was one of the best looking, well-proportioned Cadillac of its' era.

http://www.cadillacforums.com/forums/attachments/cadillac-deville-1985-2005-including-1985/16859d1137565623-so-coupe-before-pdr_1009.jpg

The car just flows so well, from the very front to the very back. That is one of the things that 80s BMW fall short on. The lowest portion of the car just doesn't flow well. Usually the front air dam doesn't match with the main rockers which doesn't match with the rear apron. Not the biggest deal, but a visual thing that took me a while to get used to. That and many other things from all angles make me really, really like the styling of that car.

I guess I'll have to decide if I want to run 98 - mid '01 Seville SLS wheels again or not...

Aron9000
06-04-11, 10:51 PM
^yeah the 91-93 Deville, in both Coupe and Sedan are real lookers IMO. They have enough chrome trim on them to remind that they come from a previous era of Cadillac, yet they drive real nice and are easy to park.

Rodya234
06-04-11, 10:59 PM
While I like the C-body Deville coupe, I think that body style looks better in Sedan form. I think the coupe should have had more slope in the roof line.

ga_etc
06-04-11, 11:53 PM
Rick, my god that was a gorgeous car.

77CDV
06-04-11, 11:55 PM
^And damn rare in that color. I've yet to see another like it.

Night Wolf
06-05-11, 12:13 AM
The roofline is one of the best things about the Coupe, IMO. Between being a throwback and straight up uncommon. The Sedan had a more common/modern curved back window. The Coupe's was flat and very vertical. Though the Sedan did get the wider, slimer - much better looking and actually model specific 3rd brake light where as the Coupe got the same corporate GM one used in so many other vehicles. I'm a fan of '91-'93 DeVille in general, perhaps because that '93 Coupe holds a special place in my heart, or because Coupe's are much less common than Sedans - I greatly prefer the styling. The rear doors on the Sedan are longer than the front, plus it doesn't have the whole "personal" luxury car feel/theme. IMO the Coupe had near perfect proportions hinting back to a time of styling that cars will probably never have again. The front, middle and rear sections of the car all blended seamlessly together. More slope in the (rear) of the roofline would make it similar to the '79 Coupe DeVille, which I do not like - I much prefer the formal '80+ style of which my Coupe was designed from.

That color was Slate Bronze Metallic, a 1993-only color. Buick had a similar color in the late 90s called Dark Bronzemist Metallic, but it wasn't the same. Again, I don't know if it's because it is rare, or was my car - but that color simply sticks out to me. It suits the car very well, isn't boring and ages real well.

I've seen the occassional Sedan in Slate Bronze Metallic over the years, but for me personally, it was a combination of the color, and the Coupe that really made that car what it was. It was bought in Florida, then driven to NY (then back to FL, where it was stolen) and I had no idea at the time it was 1 of 119. I saw only (1) other Coupe in person over all the years and it was beat pretty bad. I figured my chances of finding one of the other 118, much less in decent condition would be next to none. I'd randomly check ebay from time to time and a Sedan would pop up over the years but never a Coupe - though sometimes you never know what to unexpectedly stumble upon on the 'bay...

Playdrv4me
06-05-11, 12:32 AM
Then was king of the hill. Now it's "Am I an SL yet?". :helpless:

Srsly? The modern SL is a pile of garbage compared to the XLR. I wouldn't mind having one, but I am HEAVILY influenced by rarity and cool factor on cars like these, and SLs are a dime a dozen. They also have ZERO cool technology, are insanely expensive to fix (and break about as much as N* Cadillacs) and an SL you could buy for the price of an XLR-V today, would be just a lowly SL500.

93DevilleUSMC
06-05-11, 04:02 PM
The roofline is one of the best things about the Coupe, IMO. Between being a throwback and straight up uncommon. The Sedan had a more common/modern curved back window. The Coupe's was flat and very vertical. Though the Sedan did get the wider, slimer - much better looking and actually model specific 3rd brake light where as the Coupe got the same corporate GM one used in so many other vehicles. I'm a fan of '91-'93 DeVille in general, perhaps because that '93 Coupe holds a special place in my heart, or because Coupe's are much less common than Sedans - I greatly prefer the styling. The rear doors on the Sedan are longer than the front, plus it doesn't have the whole "personal" luxury car feel/theme. IMO the Coupe had near perfect proportions hinting back to a time of styling that cars will probably never have again. The front, middle and rear sections of the car all blended seamlessly together. More slope in the (rear) of the roofline would make it similar to the '79 Coupe DeVille, which I do not like - I much prefer the formal '80+ style of which my Coupe was designed from.

That color was Slate Bronze Metallic, a 1993-only color. Buick had a similar color in the late 90s called Dark Bronzemist Metallic, but it wasn't the same. Again, I don't know if it's because it is rare, or was my car - but that color simply sticks out to me. It suits the car very well, isn't boring and ages real well.

I've seen the occassional Sedan in Slate Bronze Metallic over the years, but for me personally, it was a combination of the color, and the Coupe that really made that car what it was. It was bought in Florida, then driven to NY (then back to FL, where it was stolen) and I had no idea at the time it was 1 of 119. I saw only (1) other Coupe in person over all the years and it was beat pretty bad. I figured my chances of finding one of the other 118, much less in decent condition would be next to none. I'd randomly check ebay from time to time and a Sedan would pop up over the years but never a Coupe - though sometimes you never know what to unexpectedly stumble upon on the 'bay...

The C-Body was beautiful in both coupe and sedan form. I prefer the sedan without any kind of vinyl roof: you get to see this sharp crease between the C-pillar and rear quarter panel, and the four doors give it a longer, more elegant look, especially when the exterior paint was a rich, dark color.

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u219/dark_knight_flynn/TERTcourseandCadillacOwnersMeetJ-7.jpg
http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u219/dark_knight_flynn/CadillacroadtripCAPfieldandvario-107.jpg

My color was Dark Cherry Metallic, which was a new color for Cadillac in 1993. Most of the time, I've either seen DCM C-bodies with either body-color lower trim, or tan, but I've only ever seen mine with the gray body trim.

93DevilleUSMC
06-05-11, 04:05 PM
As for a classic Cadillac, I have to add the 1953 Coupe Deville.

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u219/dark_knight_flynn/Talahassee/TallahasseeAntiqueAutoMuseum20De-111.jpg

SDCaddyLacky
06-05-11, 05:44 PM
OMG:drool: I would love to own a 53 Coupe Deville, those are my favorite Caddys besides for the 59. The 53's are so low, and have the coolest front ends. The massive thick grill, Dagmar bumpers, hood ornament, and huge V crest, is pure classic Cadillac IMO.

93DevilleUSMC
06-05-11, 06:01 PM
OMG:drool: I would love to own a 53 Coupe Deville, those are my favorite Caddys besides for the 59. The 53's are so low, and have the coolest front ends. The massive thick grill, Dagmar bumpers, hood ornament, and huge V crest, is pure classic Cadillac IMO.

Massive, thick, genuine, shiny chrome everywhere, flowing body curves, and those gorgeous early `50s paint jobs....yeah, give me a `53 Coupe Deville.

I don't have pictures handy, but the 1949 Sedanette, 1979 Coupe DeVille Phaeton, 1992-2004 Seville, 2006-2011 DTS, current SRX, and CTS Coupe, Sedan, and V-Coupe are among the most stunning Cadillacs of all time.

HAZZARDJOHN
06-05-11, 06:29 PM
At a local car show about eight years ago, I spotted a mint black/silver 1957 or 58 Eldorado Brougham in the show area. I ran over to take a closer look, and the man who owned it was a former Minneapolis chief of police and after a few minutes of talking about the car, he actually let me sit in the back seat! I don't remember the details very well, but I do remember how soft the lambswool carpeting was.


I am 99% sure you mean St.Paul. Chief Corky Finney He owned a black Brougham last time I talked with him (he is a friend of my Dad's) and I know every Minneapolis Police chief going back to the late 80's and I doubt any of them would own a classic car.

HAZZARDJOHN
06-05-11, 07:05 PM
all the classics I would have brought up are already listed so I like the 48-49 Cadillac Fastbacks

http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-1940-1949/1949-Cadillac-Club-Coupe-Fastback-Black-PO.jpg

^ some of the sexiest lines ever put on a car

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-05-11, 07:38 PM
I am 99% sure you mean St.Paul. Chief Corky Finney He owned a black Brougham last time I talked with him (he is a friend of my Dad's) and I know every Minneapolis Police chief going back to the late 80's and I doubt any of them would own a classic car.

Yeah, that's right. Finney. I couldn't remember the city, but I remembered the name!

orconn
06-05-11, 07:57 PM
all the classics I would have brought up are already listed so I like the 48-49 Cadillac Fastbacks

http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-1940-1949/1949-Cadillac-Club-Coupe-Fastback-Black-PO.jpg

^ some of the sexiest lines ever put on a car

Very true, but the wire wheels do nothing but distract from the cars great lines. The original '49 Cadillac hubcaps are much better looking on this body style.

billc83
06-05-11, 08:37 PM
Despite my personal love of the 1959 model year, I'll concede that it isn't the "most beautiful" Cadillac design ever. Depending on your tastes, 1957 or 1964 are the most beautiful of their era (I never cared for the '58 design, but it's all subjective). 1957 was the epitome of 50s rounded styling; '64 is more 60s squared and slab-sided. I lean towards the '64.

The '67/'68 Eldorado was a beautiful design, too.

'69/'70 for the rest of the Cadillac lineup (Eldorado excluded) was brilliant, as well.

Picking one design from 100+ years of Cadillac design? That's like asking me to pick the most beautiful song of the 20th century: there are so many contenders from so many genres it'd be a daunting task, to say the least.

Destroyer
06-05-11, 10:25 PM
Srsly? The modern SL is a pile of garbage compared to the XLR. I wouldn't mind having one, but I am HEAVILY influenced by rarity and cool factor on cars like these, and SLs are a dime a dozen. They also have ZERO cool technology, are insanely expensive to fix (and break about as much as N* Cadillacs) and an SL you could buy for the price of an XLR-V today, would be just a lowly SL500.Yeah, seriously. The SL is still the XLR's target no? While I am not very knowledgeable as far as the new SL's go from a reliability standpoint there is no doubt it's a killer body style. My neighbor has an AMG SL 55? Anyway, black on black with a sweet set of rims/tires. He says it's been dead on reliable. The XLR is sweet too though. They used the 'Vette chassis, why didn't they just use the drivetrain too? This is my biggest beef with the car.

ryannel2003
06-06-11, 01:08 AM
As much as I love XLR-V, Destroyer is right. I've driven several of them and while they were gorgeous to look at they didn't handle that great and the powertrain was lacking compared to even a base model C6 Corvette. The interior is also a sore spot with me. It surely didn't look like a $100k car, while the one SL I did take a look at had a stunning interior with great detailing. It once again showed that old GM was all about looks and power, but didn't give a damn when it came to interior design and/or quality.

HAZZARDJOHN
06-06-11, 01:36 AM
Very true, but the wire wheels do nothing but distract from the cars great lines. The original '49 Cadillac hubcaps are much better looking on this body style.

I'll give you that, I just posted the first profile pic I found on Google that was decent.

Playdrv4me
06-06-11, 05:49 AM
As much as I love XLR-V, Destroyer is right. I've driven several of them and while they were gorgeous to look at they didn't handle that great and the powertrain was lacking compared to even a base model C6 Corvette. The interior is also a sore spot with me. It surely didn't look like a $100k car, while the one SL I did take a look at had a stunning interior with great detailing. It once again showed that old GM was all about looks and power, but didn't give a damn when it came to interior design and/or quality.

I guess. I can certainly tell you that in many major markets where the SL wouldn't raise so much an eyebrow, the XLR-V would practically be a magnet for attention. I suppose I'm willing to sacrifice some of the SL's fit and finish for the overall package the XLR-V provides for the same or less money. Certainly an SL55 AMG is no where near an XLR-V price-wise. At least I don't think so (using the low to mid 30s I've occasionally seen some Vs for as a benchmark).

That said, I'd easily take the CL550 over the XLR any day. In fact, you could probably convince me to take the S550 for that matter. On those, I could give a rats ass about how polarizingly ugly they might be to some, it's how I feel behind the wheel and inside that interior that matters to me.

RippyPartsDept
06-06-11, 08:56 AM
On those, I could give a rats ass about how polarizingly ugly they might be to some, it's how I feel behind the wheel and inside that interior that matters to me.
:yeah:

while i agree with that statement... i'd still rather drive the XLR

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-06-11, 11:13 AM
The black XLR (non-V) featured at the all-GM show yesterday sure garnered a lot of attention, moreso than the CTS Coupe parked next to it.

gdwriter
06-06-11, 02:58 PM
While maybe not the most beautiful, certainly one of the most distinctive would be the 1960 Sedan de Ville four-window sedan with the flat top and wrap-around rear window:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2551/5729877458_24fec5dd14.jpg

I love the '59 Cadillac tail fins for their sheer audacity, but the 1960 design is much sleeker and more elegant:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4089/5075367867_beb06329d3.jpg

gdwriter
06-06-11, 03:03 PM
I also love the 1964 Fleetwood. It looks so dignified:

http://www.lcclmr.org/gallery/64-Fleetwood-full.jpg

orconn
06-06-11, 04:18 PM
While maybe not the most beautiful, certainly one of the most distinctive would be the 1960 Sedan de Ville four-window sedan with the flat top and wrap-around rear window:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2551/5729877458_24fec5dd14.jpg

I love the '59 Cadillac tail fins for their sheer audacity, but the 1960 design is much sleeker and more elegant:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4089/5075367867_beb06329d3.jpg

Somehow the "four window hardtop sedan" (flat top) treatment on the 1960 was my least favorite of the models for that year, one does have to admit it sure was distictive! Th series 62 coupe was my favorite, along with the Fleetwood Sixty Special. As automotive sculpture the sixty Cadillac is hard to beat, although 1961 is also in a league of its' own, and with the wheel covers they used that year, really was something!

billc83
06-06-11, 11:00 PM
I really don't like the '59 and '60 flat tops. My only stipulation for the '59 I'll eventually get is it's not a flat top.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-06-11, 11:03 PM
The flat tops look good on the 59-60 Pontiac Bonnevilles and Oldsmobile Eighty Eight and Ninety Eights....on the Cadillacs...not so much. On the Buick & Olds, the flat top compliments the lower fins, whereas the big bulky fins on the Cadillacs look weird compared to the flat tops.

greencadillacmatt
06-06-11, 11:13 PM
^Yeah, the flatness of the roofline just looks out of place with the swooping curves of the rest of the car.

GizmoQ
06-07-11, 05:27 AM
Then was king of the hill. Now it's "Am I an SL yet?". :helpless:

Ouch, that hurt.


Srsly? The modern SL is a pile of garbage compared to the XLR. I wouldn't mind having one, but I am HEAVILY influenced by rarity and cool factor on cars like these, and SLs are a dime a dozen. They also have ZERO cool technology, are insanely expensive to fix (and break about as much as N* Cadillacs) and an SL you could buy for the price of an XLR-V today, would be just a lowly SL500.


Yeah, seriously. The SL is still the XLR's target no? While I am not very knowledgeable as far as the new SL's go from a reliability standpoint there is no doubt it's a killer body style. My neighbor has an AMG SL 55? Anyway, black on black with a sweet set of rims/tires. He says it's been dead on reliable. The XLR is sweet too though. They used the 'Vette chassis, why didn't they just use the drivetrain too? This is my biggest beef with the car.


I guess. I can certainly tell you that in many major markets where the SL wouldn't raise so much an eyebrow, the XLR-V would practically be a magnet for attention. I suppose I'm willing to sacrifice some of the SL's fit and finish for the overall package the XLR-V provides for the same or less money. Certainly an SL55 AMG is no where near an XLR-V price-wise. At least I don't think so (using the low to mid 30s I've occasionally seen some Vs for as a benchmark).

Having had both, the XLR is much more fun and is stunning to see for most bystanders. Also, I personally HATE the look of the new SL - looks like a Lexus with a tri-star. The older ones had much more aggressive lines, i.e., Manly; whereas, the new swoopy lines are just too girly for me. And the AMG of the new bodystyle is even worse, now its a transvestite - still girly lines with balls.

I agree the Northstar powerplant probably was a bad choice, but we're finding more power everyday. My biggest beef is they dropped support for the Nav!


As much as I love XLR-V, Destroyer is right. I've driven several of them and while they were gorgeous to look at they didn't handle that great and the powertrain was lacking compared to even a base model C6 Corvette. The interior is also a sore spot with me. It surely didn't look like a $100k car, while the one SL I did take a look at had a stunning interior with great detailing. It once again showed that old GM was all about looks and power, but didn't give a damn when it came to interior design and/or quality.

Ouch, again.



That said, I'd easily take the CL550 over the XLR any day. In fact, you could probably convince me to take the S550 for that matter. On those, I could give a rats ass about how polarizingly ugly they might be to some, it's how I feel behind the wheel and inside that interior that matters to me.

"Polarizingly Ugly" is an understatement.

jayoldschool
06-07-11, 07:05 PM
Can I throw a custom in here?

http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/222/9/b/Cadzilla_by_smevcars.jpg

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-07-11, 07:07 PM
Longest tailfins ever.

Destroyer
06-07-11, 09:27 PM
Can I throw a custom in here?

http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2010/222/9/b/Cadzilla_by_smevcars.jpgThat would be CadZilla! I remember this car when it was first built back in '91 or so. It was built for one of the members of ZZ Top. :thumbsup:

Destroyer
06-07-11, 09:52 PM
Having had both, the XLR is much more fun and is stunning to see for most bystanders. Also, I personally HATE the look of the new SL - looks like a Lexus with a tri-star. The older ones had much more aggressive lines, i.e., Manly; whereas, the new swoopy lines are just too girly for me. And the AMG of the new bodystyle is even worse, now its a transvestite - still girly lines with balls.


I disagree about the looks of the new SL. Now, ask yourself why an XLR is more "stunning to see for most bystanders". Probably because SL's are everywhere and XLR's are few and far in between, in other words.......most don't know a sporty 'vert Caddy even exists. Might I ask why you owned an SL when by admission you said it looks like a "Lexus with a tri-star" or "girly"? If I didn't like the looks of a car I certainly wouldn't drop that much coin to buy it. :yup:

GizmoQ
06-07-11, 11:26 PM
I disagree about the looks of the new SL. Now, ask yourself why an XLR is more "stunning to see for most bystanders". Probably because SL's are everywhere and XLR's are few and far in between, in other words.......most don't know a sporty 'vert Caddy even exists. Might I ask why you owned an SL when by admission you said it looks like a "Lexus with a tri-star" or "girly"? If I didn't like the looks of a car I certainly wouldn't drop that much coin to buy it. :yup:


I owned a 96 SL500, back when they looked like European Pony Cars, back when you added power and huge tires made them look mean; not the new crap which looks like its in drag.

ElDoradoMann
06-07-11, 11:28 PM
eldorado

Destroyer
06-08-11, 04:46 AM
I owned a 96 SL500, back when they looked like European Pony Cars, back when you added power and huge tires made them look mean; not the new crap which looks like its in drag.I still don't understand how a newer SL looks like it's in "drag" or like a "transvestite". I just don't get it but we all have our opinions.

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/xlrv.jpg

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/sl55.jpg

GizmoQ
06-08-11, 10:03 AM
http://img1.classistatic.com/cps/po/100905/886r6/6361ag3_27.jpeg

orconn
06-08-11, 11:35 AM
I still don't understand how a newer SL looks like it's in "drag" or like a "transvestite". I just don't get it but we all have our opinions.

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/xlrv.jpg

http://i190.photobucket.com/albums/z251/AstrocreepVIII/sl55.jpg

I have to agree with Quizmo on this, the Mercedes pictured above looks like its' styling was a series of after thoughts. Sort of feminine in a bad way, but definately Las Vegas kitsch!

The XLR, on the other hand, presents with clean well proprotioned lines that give a lean and athletic impression.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
06-08-11, 11:34 PM
I thought Marvin (Giz) was talking about THESE SL's. They're ugly. The black one pictured above looks far better.

http://www.benzblogger.com/PhotoGalleries/SL65-AMG-White.jpg

Playdrv4me
06-09-11, 03:19 AM
Yea the newest SL is a complete DISASTER. An obvious effort by MB to squeeze every last dime out of this expensive to develop model line.

However, if Nick wanted to prove a point about the looks of the XLR versus the SL, he should have chosen a less attractive photo of the XLR... because between those two, the SL just looks like an also-ran. Now granted, the extremely hard edges and angles of the XLR will probably cause it to age more quickly, but at least it makes a design statement... the SL is nothing special.

RippyPartsDept
06-09-11, 09:49 AM
http://img844.imageshack.us/img844/3001/2003mercedesbenzsl500pu.jpghttp://img851.imageshack.us/img851/7109/2004cadillacxlrputtingt.jpg

Larger Images
2004 XLR (http://image.motortrend.com/f/8308364+w750/112_0307_Three_Kings_2004_Cadillac_XLR_Vs+2003_Lex us_SC_430_Vs_2003_Mercedes_Benz_SL500_z_2004_Cadil lac_XLR+Passenger_Side_View_Putting_The_Top_Down_I n_Four_Pictures.jpg)
2003 SL500 (http://image.motortrend.com/f/8308244+w750/112_0307_Three_Kings_2004_Cadillac_XLR_Vs_2003_Lex us_SC_430_Vs_2003_Mercedes_Benz_SL500_z_2003_Merce des_Benz_SL500_Passenger_Side_View_Putting_The_Top _Down_In_Four_Pictures.jpg)

96Fleetwood
06-09-11, 10:25 AM
I really like the '62 Sedan Deville / Fleetwood. The long lines, fins, and wrap around back glass really make it stand out. I keep offering my Father good $$ to buy his '62 but he refuses to sell it... here are my parents with their '62 before a night out on the town:

http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j69/leloz/1367207037_l.jpg


:thumbsup:

OffThaHorseCEO
06-09-11, 11:04 AM
I still don't understand how a newer SL looks like it's in "drag" or like a "transvestite". I just don't get it but we all have our opinions.


the SL looks ugly here but to be fair i think its the wheels. ive seen SL's of this body style that definitely look better than that which is pictured.

i agree with "Quizmo" haha that the R129 is a much better looking car than the newer body styles.

77CDV
06-09-11, 12:55 PM
http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j69/leloz/1367207037_l.jpg

"Tonight, they'll take the Cadillac!"