Friday, August 12, 2011

Car Of The Day: August 11, 2011 (Belated)

Today's car of the day is Siku's 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood 75.

The Cadillac Fleetwood was a full-size luxury vehicle manufactured by Cadillac in America from 1947 to 1996. The name Fleetwood was first used with the Series 60 Special Fleetwood nameplate. The car was designated as the flagship model when it was first introduced and continued in that position for a number of decades. Over its lifespan it always had an automatic transmission as standard and an option of multiple V8 and V6 engines were offered over the generations. It also came in a range different bodystyles including a coupé, convertible, sedan and a limousine was first offered in 1977 as an option.

For more information and pictures of the real car please visit: Cadillac Fleetwood 75

This is one massive piece of diecast.  It's the standard 1/55 scale from Siku, and its a Cadillac limo.  I wouldn't say the real car is massive... but I got into one in Philadelphia, walked all the way to the back, and got out in New York City.  Four opening doors, an opening trunk, and jeweled lights complete the look.  What a great model!  The little nobs sticking out the sides of the front fenders actually steer the front wheels.  This model has lots of play value!  The flaws are there, however- the front fascia is not particularly accurate.

For 1965, the Eldorado and Sixty Special officially became part of the Fleetwood line along with the Seventy-Five. A new Fleetwood Brougham line was also added as an upscale Sixty Special. The Brougham featured footrests, writing tables (through 1967), special rear reading lamps, and a vinyl roof to distinguish it from the standard Sixty Special. A glass partition was also available to separate the front and rear passengers.

A little belated, hopefully the subject matter will make up for the lack of punctuality?

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