Wednesday, August 19, 2009

1957 Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five Sedan

"Perhaps in all the world there is no other motor car more celebrated for its elegance and distinction than the magnificent Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five. And certainly for 1957, it will add still greater lustre to its unique reputation."

During the busy afternoon rush-hour in Havana, this mighty Cadillac Seventy-Five Taxi is departing onto it's passage. Cadillacs are a common sight in Cuba: during the 50s you couldn't find a higher density of Cadillacs anywhere in the world than in the City of Havana. Pleasure-hunting tourists, Mafia-bosses, and sugar-barons had a lot of money to spend and naturally they wanted to be carried in suitable fashion. And the supreme choice was Cadillac's Seventy-Five series, the ultimate version of the 1957 sedans, and apparently one of the first "Stretched Limos". The catalog noted in an aristocratic manner: "As the ultimate in motoring ease and safety -for personal or for company use- the Cadillac Fleetwood Seventy-Five Nine-Passenger Sedan and Limousine stand uniquely alone."

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