Friday, December 5, 2014

Friday Car Pr0n #59

Today's car pic has been pre-determined since, well, 1959. This is my favorite car in the entire world, hands down, #1 in the same sense that McDonald's is the #1 hamburger joint...


1959 Cadillac El Dorado Biarritz Convertible.

I don't know what it is about this car that just draws me to it. I suspect the tailfins:


Just look at 'em! One glance and you can tell this car was designed by the one, the only, the late great Harley Earl. You know, the man responsible for the Buick Y-Job concept car, the Corvette, and the Chevy Impala. That Harley Earl. There's just something about the cars Earl designed. Sure, they're dated - but that's one hell of a timeframe in American automotive design to be dated to.

Cars today are a hell of a lot better than they were in the 1950s. That's not up for debate. With engines that can go 100,000 miles without a tuneup, tires that don't need replacing at 10,000 miles, and displacement-to-horsepower ratios that would have been the holy grail of hot rodders 50 years ago, the cars available today have almost everything over the cars from Harley Earl's day. That missing piece, of course, is style.

It's like style had to die for reliability to live...

That is all.

5 comments:

Lupis42 said...

I would love to see a car like that lightly rebuilt with the engine, brakes, and suspension of an Accord. Throw some whitewall alloys and modern rims on it and you could take it to work every day.

Old NFO said...

Back then you could at least 'recognize' cars... :-) AND you could actually work on them yourself...

EricN said...

If that's "style" I guess I don't have any.

Anonymous said...

You have to pay for two parking spots in a parking garage in Manhattan if you own one of those old boats. A friend does it for his 60 Caddy convertible.

Gerry

Mopar said...

I'll see your Harley Earl and raise you one Virgil Exner. :)