Saturday, August 12, 2006

The 1959 Cadillac

I just got a car, and although I love it, a 2003 Mazda Protegé 5 is not exactly the stuff of retro blog posts...

The 1959 Cadillac, however, is about as retro as you can get! Perhaps the most famous car design in automotive history, the 1959 Cadillacs hold an important place in modern popular culture. They are about as apple pie as Marilyn Monroe or Elvis Presley.

In the 1950's, Cadillac was the undisputed leader in automobile design. During that decade, the North American economy was bouncing back from the Great Depression and World War II. Optimism reigned as America entered the Space Age, and suddenly luxury and splendor were back in vogue. No longer just for transportation, cars and their designs displayed a growing attention to style.

These lavish designs reached their peak with the 1959 Cadillac. The most famous feature of this car was the extravagant 12-inch fins with rocket tail lights. Cadillac ads at the time featured these prominently...

As a kid, I was always fascinated by these beautiful cars, and I've always dreamt of owning one someday...

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