Here Are Four Cool Cars

All photos: Cadillac
All photos: Cadillac

This is the Cadillac Sixteen. It was made in 2003. It had a sixteen-cylinder engine, and was like a beacon of light shining out, a righteous declaration of Cadillac quality at the top of the world. Only one was made. Weird!

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This is the Cadillac Ciel. It was made in 2011. The economy was picking up after the Great Recession. Good times, it seemed like, might be here again.

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And on this wave, we saw this beacon of light shining out, a righteous declaration of Cadillac quality at the top of the world.

Only one was made. Weird!

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This is the Cadillac Elmiraj. It was made in 2013.

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The car looked absolutely stunning, and with a 500-horsepower V8 under its long hood, it would have been a worthy successor to the Eldorado and top-rung Cadillacs of yore.

It was like a beacon of light shining out, a righteous declaration of Cadillac quality at the top of the world.

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Yet only one was made. Weird!

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This is the Cadillac Escala. It was made in 2016. Even to those weary of Cadillac trotting out top-rung concept cars without putting them into production, it was still a gorgeous machine.

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Also, it previewed the 4.2-liter V8 that Cadillac is soon to put into production in the CT6-V, among other things. It looked more feasible than ever, and stood out like a beacon of light shining out, a righteous declaration of Cadillac quality at the top of the world.

Only one was made. Weird!

Raphael Orlove is features editor for Jalopnik.

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DISCUSSION

therustystarship
Rusty Starship

You know, it’s almost like they knew the right thing to do the whole time. They just never did it. They kept showing they knew how to be Cadillac, but in practice, they’d do the opposite.

GM: GAZE UPON THE OPULENT GREATNESS THAT IS CADILLAC. LOOK WHAT WE CAN DO.

Potential customers (PCs): YES! That’s the one we want! That’s the Cadillac we know and love!

GM: Oh, you can’t have this one.

PCs: Wait, what?

GM: No, not this one. There’s only one of these. You can’t have one.

PCs: But, I want that one.

GM: Whaaaaaat about a 4-cylinder ATS??

PCs: No.

GM: Whaaaaaaat about this jazzed-up Impala with a Cadillac logo?

PCs: ... Maybe.

GM: Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat about a CTS manual wagon?

PCs: N-.... YES!!!

GM: Too late. Nobody bought one. Canceled it. How about a Buick?

PCs: No.

GM: UGH, guess nobody wants cars anymore. Better go to DEFCON 1 and cut a shit-ton of jobs.

PCs: I think I’ll get a Mazda.

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