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    Cadillac LaSalle & LaScala Design Studies

    These early 1970s design studies led to the 1976 Cadillac Seville.

    Personally, I really like the profile, proportions, and rear of the 1972 LaSalle. I would have loved for that to have made it into production (with a little more work/refinement to the grill).

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    Fun Additional Reading - How the 1975 Chevrolet Nova Became A 1976 Cadillac Seville

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    Re: Cadillac LaSalle & LaScala Design Studies

    Personally, I love those looks and think they would have given Cadillacs of that some a sleeker, "cool" big car.

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    Re: Cadillac LaSalle & LaScala Design Studies

    IMO the '72 is well below it's eventual production version; the '80 Seville. I like the '80-85 S, but don't care for the '72 proposal. The side glass is quite tall and the drooping belt line is a bit too much. Cadillac got this element right on the '80:


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    Quote Originally Posted by balthazar View Post
    IMO the '72 is well below it's eventual production version; the '80 Seville. I like the '80-85 S, but don't care for the '72 proposal. The side glass is quite tall and the drooping belt line is a bit too much. Cadillac got this element right on the '80:

    I like the bustle back look but to me they made the rear just a tad too short and it needed the RWD proportions of the first Seville up front with the front wheels further forward. I would have also made it a bit longer/sleeker...





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    Re: Cadillac LaSalle & LaScala Design Studies

    Quote Originally Posted by EJD1984 View Post
    These early 1970s design studies led to the 1976 Cadillac Seville.
    How dare you, sir! You know damn well where and who really came up with that design,and it wasn't some "study"!

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    If Cadillac produced a LaSalle that looked like that, it would have been revolutionary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyDiablo View Post
    How dare you, sir! You know damn well where and who really came up with that design,and it wasn't some "study"!
    Me?







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    Re: Cadillac LaSalle & LaScala Design Studies

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    Cadillac LaSalle 1972
    LOVE seeing these. Don't always like 'em, but it's cool to see the different design elements. That front grill just screams Oldsmobile Toronado, at least to me.


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    Cadillac LaScala 1973
    Here, the cabin is reminiscent of late 1970s Buick LeSabres, etc., while the front end hints at Cadillac styling in the 1990s or so.

    Either way, VERY COOL ... thank you for posting these!


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    Re: Cadillac LaSalle & LaScala Design Studies

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyDiablo View Post
    How dare you, sir! You know damn well where and who really came up with that design,and it wasn't some "study"!
    Hahahahaa! I was thinking the same as I was reading, what is his name? Mason or somethin like that? I don't think we saw his annual "stolen" rant this year.

    Something doesn't look right in the proportions to me, the trunk is to severe with the upright formalness of the front. But if they did build that car and it proved popular, it really could've change the look of cars in the 70's and 80's!

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    Re: Cadillac LaSalle & LaScala Design Studies

    The problem I have with these designs is that compared to other Caddy's they are too thin on the front and rear and the windows are too large compared to the door sheet metal. Big airy windows are fine for minivans, but luxury vehicles usually cosset the passengers in a more private interior...

    I've add a little more 'substance' to the pics below.






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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    Hahahahaa! I was thinking the same as I was reading the same, what is his name? Mason or somethin like that? I don't think we saw his annual "stolen" rant this year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MonaroSS View Post
    The problem I have with these designs is that compared to other Caddy's they are too thin on the front and rear and the windows are too large compared to the door sheet metal. Big airy windows are fine for minivans, but luxury vehicles usually cosset the passengers in a more private interior...

    I've add a little more 'substance' to the pics below.





    Subtle, but a major improvement.

    It does have a nice Italian look.

    If Cadillac had used this design, I could see GM having to do the same with the production version due to the new 5mph bumper requirements.

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    That front grill just screams Oldsmobile Toronado, at least to me.
    I wonder if you hit onto something.

    There was an article in Popular Science, August 1975 that said there were plans for Buick to get a cousin of the Seville. I wonder if Oldsmobile at one time was in the mix as well.


    It does have a similar downward sweep like the 1972 LaSalle. Seems like the artist may have actually seen something official from GM.

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    Re: Cadillac LaSalle & LaScala Design Studies

    Quote Originally Posted by EJD1984 View Post
    I wonder if you hit onto something.

    There was an article in Popular Science, August 1975 that said there were plans for Buick to get a cousin of the Seville. I wonder if Oldsmobile at one time was in the mix as well.


    It does have a similar downward sweep like the 1972 LaSalle. Seems like the artist may have actually seen something official from GM.
    Well, the Seville debuted in April of 1975, so its design was well known by August. The artist could have sketched this easily adding a Buick-of-the-day grille.


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    Re: Cadillac LaSalle & LaScala Design Studies

    Quote Originally Posted by MonaroSS View Post
    The problem I have with these designs is that compared to other Caddy's they are too thin on the front and rear and the windows are too large compared to the door sheet metal. Big airy windows are fine for minivans, but luxury vehicles usually cosset the passengers in a more private interior...

    I've add a little more 'substance' to the pics below.





    As usual, your tweaks greatly improve what they were going for.
    Quote Originally Posted by EJD1984 View Post
    I wonder if you hit onto something.

    There was an article in Popular Science, August 1975 that said there were plans for Buick to get a cousin of the Seville. I wonder if Oldsmobile at one time was in the mix as well.


    It does have a similar downward sweep like the 1972 LaSalle. Seems like the artist may have actually seen something official from GM.
    Buick and Oldsmobile versions of the Seville were thought about I think. I am sort of glad they didn't happen, but would have been interesting models.

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