Welcome to Little Car in the Big City, where I highlight fascinating cars I found walking around a town that is known for being bigger than everything else, but where every car is fighting to stand out: New York, New York.
There's nothing that tells a story better than an old, beat-up, big Cadillac. You fans of crappy country music out there (no, not the good stuff, people who like the good stuff know what I'm talking about) think that the best stories come from old, beat-up pickups, but you're wrong.
Old, beat-up pickups can tell you about work days, and tales from late childhood, and that one time you went down that gravel road, but for us city-slickers, a big Caddy speaks many more volumes. I'm pretty sure this one is a Series 75, and that would make it a top-of-the-line model from back in the early 1960s, when anything Cadillac was already top-of-the-line.
Part of the reason why I find the big Caddy so intriguing is because of all the questions it doesn't answer. Who let it befall its sad fate? Why do they still keep it? Why do they park it on the street? If it's sitting without plates, why not sell it to a loving home? Was it used as some sort of livery limousine? What duties did it do? What trips did it go on? Who piled into the back?
And what is doing parked on a side street, in what is the relative Brooklyn backwater of Kensington, when it could be plying Madison Avenue? Does anybody passing by recognize the faded glory that sits beside them? Or is it more just a symbolism thing, a mark of the faded glory of the neighborhood it sits in? And is Kensington that faded, really? I mean, it's not the most exciting neighborhood, but it's not so bad, really, right? Sure, it's got a random smattering of (probably Mafia-controlled) cement plants and scrap metal yards, but it's got some nice houses, too, and at this point everything in Brooklyn is making a "comeback," whatever that means, and also, Cadillac?
So, like I said, many stories.
Neighborhood laments aside, it really does tell a story, at least in terms of design. It's still got those fins out back, it's still got that wide horizontal grille up front, it's still got those
quad triple headlights at the bow.
It's still got that wraparound windshield. It's still longer than a city bus.
And to me, that makes it all kind of perfect.