"Martlets” or ducklings, had been part of the Cadillac emblem for decades through 2004. The original emblem was a variation of the coat of arms of the man Cadillac was named after, Antoine Laumet de La Mothe, sieur de Cadillac. Mr. Cadillac also discovered the parcel of land that would later become Detroit, Michigan.
While the market for coupes, or two door sedans, has all by dried up, Cadillac, inexplicably in this post GM bankruptcy era, make a two door version of its popular CTS sedan. I guess it's for folks who like a little extra savoir-faire to go with their helping of martlets. If savoir-faire means to you what it means to me, two less doors, yes!, then let's have at this.
Now, you would think just the idea alone of a two door CTS would have be chomping at the bit as I am a big fan of the CTS and anything with two doors instead of four. Well, sorry...most two doors. Exceptions to everything. This car's raked back windshield hints at delicious, sporting pretensions. Wait a sec...what's that out back? Is...that...the rear of the car? Looks like something got hacked off with a reciprocating saw.
Oh my. I love the face of the CTS but her posterior here leaves me cold, stone cold. Honda does something similar with the two door version of their Accord; the rear end of that car different from the four door. That's where they lose me. Somebody get me the drawings for this car and let me at 'em. I'll show them how to design a coupe!
This...THIS is a coupe (deVille).
I'm not so sure what this is. Sigh.
All photos taken by Charles Connolly
Hop in my Chrysler, it's as big as a whale and it's about to set sail
I got me a car, like, it seats about 20
So come on and bring your jukebox money
My wife and I happened upon this gigantic beauty one Sunday this past summer in Lakewood on our way to a jaunt in the Metro Park. According to the video for the B-52's classic, "Love Shack", the Chrysler that sat about 20 was a 1965 "300" convertible. Swap the bodies and this is the same car underneath it all. Right down to the massive 413 V-8 with, be still my beating heart, 10:1 compression.
1955-1969 Chrysler's were fantastic. The company had a remarkable run of gigantic, fabulously styled offerings like our 1962 New Yorker.
This very original, '62 "Yorker" was designed in that glorious post war era when cars changed dramatically nearly every year. Starting in 1955, Chrysler design went through a styling renaissance that lasted until, in my opinion, 1969. The party was over when they rolled out their "fuselage designs". Yecch. While not all of their designs were successful on the sales front from 1955-1969, Chrysler designs of that era were at least distinctive enough to stand out from General Motors works and to some lesser extent, Ford. A Chrysler, Plymouth, Dodge, Imperial and DeSoto (through 1961 when the division was discontinued) from back then looked like nothing else.
And a 1962 Chrysler looked nothing like a 1961 or 1963 Chrysler. What made a '62 a "62" was this far out front end. Form over function.
What also made a '62 a '62 was back here...the classic Chrysler fins that made the car unique in years past no longer existed. The fin less car was considered "bizarre" by many critics and sales were slow compared to its entry level sister car, the Newport. The Newport was identical in body style and offered a convertible model. The coupe lover that I am I would've popped open a payment book for a rag top Newport. Only 4-door models of the New Yorker were offered in wagon, sedan, and hardtop models.
For 1959, Buick had a similar front end with equally wild diagonal headlights. Like this '62, it was a one year only fad. Does the high beam head light light up objects any better with it being down and away from the regular headlight? For one year only you could see for yourself. I have no idea. Me thinks it just looks cool. You just don't see frivolous styling details like this today. Have to love that grill and the deliciously delicate bumper. The whole car looks like one big, decadent cake. Wish I could have some. Any one have any spare change for the juke box?
The Love Shack is a little old place where we can get together
Love Shack, baby (a-Love Shack, baby)
Love Shack, baby, Love Shack
Love Shack, baby, Love Shack
Love Shack, baby, Love Shack (Love, baby, that's where it's at, yeah)
Love Shack, baby, Love Shack (Love, baby, that's where it's at)
All photos taken by Charley Connolly
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