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    different 1965 Cadillac design

    I spotted this link via Hemmings blog, the guy imagined what if Cadillac offered a different design for 1965 like continuing the 6-windows 4-door sedan (the base model, not the 75 limousine) and a 2-door fastback
    http://artandcolourcars.blogspot.com...llac-town.html

    And that's the same guy who post some of his edited pics on Autoextremist's "On the table".

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    Re: different 1965 Cadillac design

    Nice try on the '65, but my take on the 1965-1968 Caddys is they larded them up too much and removed the classic Caddy look.
    You can try to make them look sleek but, while not exactly lipstick on a pig, it's in my view putting the effort on the wrong car. Whatever floats his boat, he owns the caah.

    The tailfinned 1949-1956s, 1959, and 1961-1964 were IMO the best lookers that Caddy has ever produced.
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    Re: different 1965 Cadillac design

    I realize I'm prejudiced because my grandmother had a '64 when I was little, but the slab-sided 65-66 models are boring. The 67-68 and 69-70 bodies, with their sharp creases, were some of GM's best looking cars ever. I wonder if they'll ever go back to the downward-sloping body line, or are we stuck with the wedge shape forever? We fired up Grandma's 72 Calais last weekend. It's amazing the different feel a long, flat hood gives a car when you're used to modern sloping ones.

    Interesting what Casey said about the shortened sedan offered for people with small garages. My grandmother parked in a converted chicken house behind my great grandfather's house next door. She had 4 feet added to the front because her '64 stuck out so far (there was no door).

    My brother's pre-war garage in CT is so small, his Honda Element and Subaru barely fit.

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    Re: different 1965 Cadillac design

    Everyone has their preferences. Me; I don't care for the 'prickly' '61-62s at all- front ends are decidedly weak.

    But the general populous voted on the Park Avenue/Town Sedan- they didn't like them & they were unceremoniously dropped. The very concept is 'compromise' - a Cadillac for those with short garages... WHAT? No.
    So while the render is well done, there is no legitimacy to the design, IMO. Give me the '65 S60S 6-window instead, in all it's long-decked & 8-powered windowed glory.

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    Re: different 1965 Cadillac design

    Neanderthal: I don't own the car, I just Photoshop cars. That 6-window Sedan de Ville is not real. If you like the '61s, you might like this Esprit de Ville wagon.

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Yqw9_o49u1...lle_1250px.jpg

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    Re: different 1965 Cadillac design

    Quote Originally Posted by balthazar View Post
    Everyone has their preferences. Me; I don't care for the 'prickly' '61-62s at all- front ends are decidedly weak.
    Very true. The curved A pillars didn't help.

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    Re: different 1965 Cadillac design

    Quote Originally Posted by ral1960 View Post
    Very true. The curved A pillars didn't help.
    lol, the '61s are just about my favorites. I think that curved A pillar is genius, as are the lower skeg fins and ultra thin C pillars. To each his/her own!

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    Re: different 1965 Cadillac design

    Quote Originally Posted by ral1960 View Post
    Very true. The curved A pillars didn't help.
    Speaking of the A-pillars, the 75 limousine kept the "dog leg" A-pillar until 1964 or 1965 for some reasons. It could be interesting to see how a 1961-62 75 limousine would had look with the curved A-pillar.

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    Re: different 1965 Cadillac design

    Quote Originally Posted by Stéphane Dumas View Post
    Speaking of the A-pillars, the 75 limousine kept the "dog leg" A-pillar until 1964 or 1965 for some reasons. It could be interesting to see how a 1961-62 75 limousine would had look with the curved A-pillar.
    you're right, Caddy kept the older platform and styling right through 1965. They didn't update the 75 until '66. I always wondered about that myself, but it must have been a cost consideration, as they rarely made more than 1,000 of them. Their clientele may have appreciated the slower design cycle, too, so they wouldn't appear to be "faddish." But it was probably a money thing.
    1965:
    http://100megsfree4.com/cadillac/cad1960/cad65f.htm
    1961:
    http://100megsfree4.com/cadillac/cad1960/cad61f.htm

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    Re: different 1965 Cadillac design

    ^ To clarify, visually-speaking; tho the 'regular' Cadillacs got the curved A-pillar in '61, the S75 kept the '59-60 'dogleg' A-pillar. Styling changed annually in step with the regular Cadillacs, except for 1965, where the '65 S75s kept all the '64 sheetmetal.
    This last scenario was done at least one other time, in '41.

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    Re: different 1965 Cadillac design

    I love the 1961 and 1962 versions also, they were considered very futuristic at the time.

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    Re: different 1965 Cadillac design

    My favorites were the '60, and '65-68. But then again, I'm a Buick guy. I go for cleaner, crisper, sleeker styling as a general rule.

    The '57-59s were nice and gloriously flamboyant, but the Eldo Broughams were much more tasteful, in my opinion. The '61-62 was way, way too overstyled for its length in my eyes. And the '63-64 have the "plucked chicken" look with roof lines that were better suited to bigger fins.

    The '65-66 is, in my opinion, the very picture of tasteful elegance. It's still brash. It's still unmistakably Cadillac. But it isn't trying too hard. The '67-68 sacrificed a little of that elegance for visual heft, but it still flows and with that forward-leaning prow, adds action and drama to the design. By '69-70, though, they bulked up the styling way too much, the grilles got fussier, and everything in general looked way too upright.

    This short deck 6-window isn't bad. But the roof line looks a bit too rounded off for the era and the rear pillars a bit too thin.
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