Ask and Ye Shall ReceiveThat’s a wha…? Huh?

Okay, how cool is this. I was looking through some pictures trying to identify a clay model when I saw something unrelated that dumbfounded me–twofold.

In my last post, only a day ago, I mentioned that a certain car had risen a strong curiosity in me about its development. Last night I stumbled upon a small exposé on that very car!

But that wasn’t the end of it. No. What was revealed came as something of a shock. In a million years I would not have guessed Cadillac explored this avenue.

Oh yes they did!
Before your mind can say “two-door Seville,” grab hold of something stable and prepare yourself… it’s an E-l-d-o-r-a-d-o.

Yes, my friends, this is indeed a proposal for the 1979 Cadillac Eldorado, with a bustle-back. You don’t have to take my word for it. Enlarge the picture and you’ll see a sign hanging high above it that confirms as much.

1979 Cadillac Eldorado clay model 0001

Let me be clear, I think what was produced was far more appropriate for the Eldorado but this is one heck of an alternative design. Check out the vertical taillights. Wow. And the rear license plate looks set in the bumper like a fine jewel on display.

The vertical character line that runs down the center of the trunk adds nice dimension to the otherwise stubby rear (which, by the way, I was extraordinarily fond of on Seville). But curiously absent are the front fender fins. Instead, this design employs wrap-around front lamps (more apparent in the other photos).

1979 Cadillac Eldorado clay model 0002This picture is probably the lowest quality of the set, that’s why I used it for this teaser.

This is the same photo to the left but I turned the contrast way down. It’s ugly but it brought out some more details. You really notice the downward sweep that bows from the C-pillar all the way to the bumper line. (It helps if you open them in two separate tabs and switch back and forth.)

This picture was among maybe half a dozen more of models and sketches along this same styling line. I haven’t even contacted GM with a request on this car yet. Let’s hope they’ve got a bunch more to better imagine the complete story.

Okay Mike, just step away from the keyboard. I did say I’d lay off Cadillacs for a while…