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!

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.

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

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Only one was made. Weird!

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.

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.

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.

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Only one was made. Weird!