1957 Cadillac Sedan de Ville

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Since it's been nearly a month since we last saw a 1950s Detroit DOTS car, and even longer since our most recent DOTS Cadillac, today we're going to look at two-and-a-half tons of Cadillac style: a 1957 Sedan de Ville. This car lives on the island's east side, quite close to the '72 Mercedes 280SEL, and it's parked on a busy street every day. No garage for this survivor!

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The '59 Cadillac is the one everyone thinks of when they imagine a hyper-ornamented befinned Cad, but the '57 was no slouch in the Tons-O-Chrome department. Check out this space-age taillight and bumper treatment!

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The twin-blade hood ornament is a winner, too. You got a 300-horse 365 under the hood of this baby.

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The fins were to get bigger every year until '59, and then shrink as the 60s progressed. They're still somewhat restrained here.

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Later front-wheel-drive Eldorados had a variation on the side-trim theme you see here. This is the car driven by mid-level mob attorneys back in the day, although it's likely many of them would have selected the Coupe de Ville.



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@Paul Y: We're almost getting to the "new styling every year" stage again. Cars remained essentially the same for years in the 70s/80s/90s, but it seems that the lifespan of car models/styles nowadays is getting very short again. Probably more due to short attention span.

@Rust-MyEnemy: I saw something similar at a car show a few years back... '53 Eldorado sedan with a late model Northstar engine. Super sweet.