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So, last November my Dad and I went up to Detroit for family and his 40th high school reunion. So while we were there, we hit a few museums including the Detroit museum. I was blown away at what I saw there, they actually took three brand new 1988 Cadillac Broughams and put them on display in an assembly line fashion, showing the different stages cars are built in. I was sad to see them just sitting there, but it was awesome at the same time. They had a red one with wires, that's why I thought DS and pimpin' would want to see.

Also, since I wouldn't dream of taking one of my caddies on a trip to Detroit in the winter due to salt and... other conditions, I rented a 2007 Chevrolet Impala which I wasn't too impressed with... until I got on the road. It's a great trip car, and it has slightly changed my opinion of modern Chevrolet.

So, here 'ya go.










 

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Detroit in November... buuuurrrr.

 

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hey thats neat! the impala doesnt actually look half bad. i basically dont like any new cars on the road today because they're all b asically the same. gps, heated seats, all those fancy gizmos that help you "avoid" accidents. me? ill settle for some old school detroit steel. those are awesome pics of the caddys, ive always wanted to see pics like that.
 

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Cool pics! Did somebody say something about an '07 Impala? :yawn:
 

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I vote this pictures as the coolest thing I've seen all year.

I love seeing cars on the assembly line. There's something about the blue-collar environment of Detroit, superior cars being built and shipped all over the country, I really like it.

The Broughams are great cars to showcase like that. For some reason the impact would be lost if it were a newer car being put together.
 

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I vote this pictures as the coolest thing I've seen all year.

I love seeing cars on the assembly line. There's something about the blue-collar environment of Detroit, superior cars being built and shipped all over the country, I really like it.

The Broughams are great cars to showcase like that. For some reason the impact would be lost if it were a newer car being put together.

I second that. Probably the only Broughams in the world with 0 miles.
 

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I vote this pictures as the coolest thing I've seen all year.

I love seeing cars on the assembly line. There's something about the blue-collar environment of Detroit, superior cars being built and shipped all over the country, I really like it.

The Broughams are great cars to showcase like that. For some reason the impact would be lost if it were a newer car being put together.

+1

Coolest thing I've ever seen. Thanks Benzilla!! That is awesome. I just keep staring at these pictures, it's like I've gone back in time.
 

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Same here. This makes me wanna book a trip to Detroit. I wonder if they'll ever close the exzibit and auction off the cars. Wishful thinking.
 

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I have to make a trip out there one of these days! That is where the white 1996 Brougham I bought came from, it was owned by a retired GM exec :thumbsup:
 

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Glad you guys enjoyed them. Wish there were clearer, I was a little shaken when I was taking the pictures. I agree it's pretty cool that they used full size Caddies as the example, anything else and it would just be cars. But the Cadillacs have a very Detroit, American feel. The only place in the world you can see that.

That's why I love Detroit, the feeling; the natural rush I get just being there. I feel so connected. It's just different than anywhere else I've been. But what do I know, I'm from Michigan myself, so it just feels like home.

We really should have a meet up there, it's bursting with amazing things like this to see.
 

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Thanks for the great pictures, Ben. They certainly struck that melancholy nerve in me. I loved that they were 1988 Broughams, too. (The one in the brochure is nearly identical to mine, yet I don't have wires or the d'Elegance package.) My printer is busy printing your post!

As a native of the Lansing (Michigan) area, whenever I visit friends and relatives, it's really sad to see the last remnants of the BOC/Fisher Body plants, which once thrived and offered great manufacturing jobs. During its heyday, it was not uncommon for an assembly line worker to have a home, a cottage "up north," and a fancy motorhome. A sign of the times, I suppose. I am nostalgic for the days of America's automotive supremacy and glory - namely, that which was forged out of the designs and sweat of Michigan's muscle and skilled talent.

Ben, thank you again for the great shots. Next time I visit friends Downriver, I'll have to make a point to see that exhibit.
 

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If you ever go back, hop the velvet ropes and snatch me a set of wires and a couple opera lamps.....

Thanks, nice pics!

Yea,

I'm sure GM has a ton of extra wires, they wouldn't mind you getting a set for me and Dope.
 
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