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Plenty for the Haters
November 1st, 2014
by MonaroSS





Toying with Your Baby's Styling Again








One thing I'd like to see come back is two-tone paint jobs....







Did these quick sketches to try some new styling themes on a number of different vehicles - so plenty for the haters with this post.

All my life Cadillac grilles were square and imposing with eggcrate cross bars. Sometimes in the center of the front clip, sometimes extending across the width of the car, as in the 67 Eldorado. The recent 5 sided grille to me is too generic and similar to dozens like it out there. So here I try a modern take on the square eggcrate grille.

I also complain a lot that the side flanks on Cadillac's are boring, so I try something more interesting taking inspiration from my Ciana mid-engined chop. I call it Flowing Angles and I apply it in varying degrees, the most outrageous being on the small Europe and Asia only green and red sportscar on a shortened ATS platform. I was inspired by the Lotus Seven (the headlight and front of the fender are free floating and you can put your arm between the grille and headlight and reach in to touch the wheel, the rear fenders are also floating fins at the rear). I think it is too avant-garde for American tastes.





















BTW here is a 10% reduction in grille size...
for those who think they are too big.









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Re: OpEd Playing with Cadillac Styling Again

I like the sculpting in all of them, but the grilles are a no-go for me. I know you're specifically trying not to, but stretching the lights back further into the fender really does add significant drama to a design.

And I know they're probably just placeholders you threw on, but there's little I hate more than a boring five-spoke wheel.
 

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Re: OpEd Playing with Cadillac Styling Again

If that grille became a reality ..
I wouldnt be caught dead in it
 

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Re: OpEd Playing with Cadillac Styling Again

Not a fan of the giant grilles either, but your Enchante' has potential - especially that coupe/vert. It's aggressive, but still works within the Caddy framework (stretching is allowed, blowing it up is not).

BTW, I REALLY love the name Enchante'!!! Skateaway, that's all... (THAT might be your best suggestion to GM/Cadillac.) That just RINGS with my past (50yo American male). Have always loved Dire Straits...
 

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Enchante reminds me Allante. I like it.
 

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Re: OpEd Playing with Cadillac Styling Again

Not a fan of the giant grilles either, but your Enchante' has potential - especially that coupe/vert. It's aggressive, but still works within the Caddy framework (stretching is allowed, blowing it up is not).

BTW, I REALLY love the name Enchante'!!! Skateaway, that's all... (THAT might be your best suggestion to GM/Cadillac.) That just RINGS with my past (50yo American male). Have always loved Dire Straits...
The green Enchante' shows the folding hardtop up and down,

The grille I started from this chop I did of an Eldorado grille I oversized for more in-your-face agression....





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Re: OpEd Playing with Cadillac Styling Again

MonaroSS, you're a very talented and creative designer!

But some of the rear swoops - especially the one on the CT8 Convertible - seem like they belong on a Buick.

And the fender lines on the CR4 CUV remind me of the Chevrolet Nomad Concept.
 

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MonaroSS, you're a very talented and creative designer!

But some of the rear swoops - especially the one on the CT8 Convertible - seem like they belong on a Buick.

And the fender lines on the CR4 CUV remind me of the Chevrolet Nomad Concept.
I was looking at this rear swoop and just exagerated it...










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Re: OpEd (smaller grille )Playing with Cadillac Styling Again

IMO, the sides of the above are getting too overwrought, like a number of the current BMW/MBs. 'Swoops for swoops sake', if you will.

IMO the factory Ciel nose is about perfect, except I would like to see a finer/different grille texture. That's it.
I've not seen any photoshopping that improved on the Ciel front clip or profile anywhere.
 
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