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The (new) Cadillac Database©
Return to The (New) Cadillac Database© Index Page
or pick a year from the table, below
or go to the La Salle photo index page
(un résumé en français se trouve en bas de page)
SECTION WILL LIKELY BECOME YOUR FAVORITE...
This is the "picture-book"section of The (New) Cadillac Database©, for those of you who, like me, admire Cadillac and La Salle automobiles mainly for their looks and are not necessarily mechanically-minded. In any case we need not be technical experts to enjoy our favorite cars, do we? They were built to the highest standards of quality, ensuring their continuing reliability even after, 10, 20, 50, sometimes even 90 or more years of service. Yes, at Cadillac, craftsmanship continues to be a creed and accuracy continues to be a law.
Over the next few months I shall be processing images regularly, and in random order. Please do not expect to see immediately pictures of late-model Cadillacs; the onus of the photographic presentations in The (New) Cadillac Database© will be on the earlier models, that is those you are not likely to see too often on the street, or even at car shows and club events.
The majority of illustrations used in these pages are excerpted from the product catalogs and folders for the given year. Where originals were missing from my collection, I had to rely on copies. Some are good quality (secured from individual collectors who were kind enough to entrust me with their rare original material); others are not so good and come mainly from museum collections, such as the Free Library of Philadelphia where, at the time, only B&W Xerox machines were available for copying colored material. That is the reason for the obvious lack of consistency in image quality.
I rely on the kind generosity of users of The (New) Cadillac Database© to supply, where possible, better digital images than those shown on the Web site.
Occasionally, I shall include in these pages B&W or color photos of the models of a given year. Most of these are factory photos graciously provided to me through the years by the Cadillac Division's Public Relations Department. I shall include also a few photos of fine surviving cars. If you own such a car or have photographed one at a meet and would like to see it include it here, please provide a good, scanned image in JPEG format and "weighing" no more than 300KB [I have a slow Internet connection !] And, please, no family photos of your car that include you, your wife, the kids and the dog; also please send only color photos with a neutral, uncluttered background, like this:
1979 Eldorado Biarritz [GM/Cadillac archives]
Again, let me say that all model years are not yet covered. The required photography takes time, as does the subsequent processing of the digital images and the creation of the appropriate Web pages. Nonetheless, as you will see when you visit these pages, considerable progress has been made since this section was begun in 1999.
Some of you admire the Cadillacs of the brass era and the teens, others favor those of the twenties and thirties, a large majority seems to prefer those of the fifties and sixties while the younger generation seems keen to view the cars of the last three decades. I have been able, so far, to please some users of The (New) Cadillac Database© all of the time and all of these users some of the time, but I have not found the magic formula to please all of you, all the time.
So, as we proceed with this section, I shall try to skip between pre-war and post-war production models. Also, please excuse the fact that many photo pages after 1975 are still to come; as I said before, the earlier models have priority in my book because you don't see them very often in the street. If you are keen to preview any of these later models, I recommend that you take a look at the excellent Web pages prepared by John Barach, another Cadillac historian.
Currently available for viewing are the stock Cadillac models of 1902 to 1980 (including WW1 and WW2 production), 1982 and 1983, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993 and 1994. Note also that the La Salles of 1927 through 1940 are shown in a separate section, as are also the sixteen-cylinder Cadillac models of 1930 through 1940 and the "Dream Cars", "Show Cars" and "Concept Vehicles" built on the Cadillac or La Salle chassis.
Cadillac Photo Pages
[years underlined in blue1 are currently viewable on this site]
[years shown in red are not yet available]
[years shown in brackets ( ... ) are viewable but incomplete]
|1996||1997||1998||1999||2000||(2001)||(2002)||TOTAL = 100 YEARS2|
1 Some years were covered also on a Dutch site, compiled by a Cadillac admirer in the Netherlands (Holland).
Unfortunately, these pages appear to have disappeared; if anyone has the current URL, please let me know.
2 In view of my advancing senility, I have decided that the Cadillac Database © will cover only the first 100 years of Cadillac production;
the models of 2002 will be the last ones to be covered, marking the 100th Anniversary of the first Cadillac in October, 1902.
The links below all were operational at the time I created them in 1995-96. Cadillac enthusiast, Don Robertson, informed me in September 2004 that all but one of them have discontinued Internet service. Sorry 'bout that !
1940-1953: Pal Talsethagen of Norway had many photos on his site
1946-1977: Ruben Baeten, a young man from Holland, had a wealth of Cadillac photos on his site at the age of fourteen;
now (2005) he has finished school and is busy with a career in the film industry
1950-1959: This site was built up by Tord Strand for aficionados of Cadillacs of the fifties
1954-1977: Only the cars owned or given away by Elvis Presley, "The King"
1957-1958: Mike Rizutto of California loves the Eldorado Broughams; he had some nice ones here.
1957-1958: Vic Brincat was restoring an Eldorado Brougham; his Web site is a MUST.
A number of Cadillac commercials [both public and private] have been posted on You Tube, on the Internet. Unfortunately, I have no control over these postings and cannot, therefore, guarantee that they will be always available there for viewing. Here's another. And another. And yet another. And more. And more.
Return to The (New) Cadillac Database© Index Page
or select a year from the table, above
or go to the La Salle photo pages
© 1996, Yann Saunders and the Cadillac-LaSalle Club, Inc.
[ Background image: montage of pre-WW2 Cadillac photos from Yann Saunders collection ]