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Standard of the World. Best of All It's A Cadillac.

I remember hearing the jingle on the radio for "Best of all, it's a Cadillac" when we used to listen for the school closings in the wintertime. And back then it actually meant something. There really was something special about Cadilllac. Brogan Cadillac in Ridgewood used to have themed displays on the showroom floor. The Christmas themed ones usually had 3 white ones and a red Eldorado with a box on top. That was a special dealer. Right in the downtown by the train station it was always exciting to drive by and see what was new in the window.

It all started to change in the late 60's. Tastes were changing and GM was pushing Cadillac to become more mass market. The exclusivity of the 50's and 60's became a blur.

It was changing tastes, increasing regulation and growth of imports that took a toll on the once mighty division..

The Elmiraj is a modern incarnation of the original Eldorado.

 

 

You rarely saw any foreign cars. There was the occasional little Mercedes or a Jaguar but it was rare. Lots of the typical American metal and downtown Ridgewood had most of it. Station Motors on Franklin sold Dodge. Ken Smith right at the train station was the "sign of the cat". Higgins Buick across from Brogan still kept some cars upstairs on the second floor. They also had the tradition of delivering cars right from the showroom floor which opened directly to the street.

It all started to change in the late 60's. Tastes were changing and GM was pushing Cadillac to become more mass market. The exclusivity of the 50's and 60's became a blur.

Pontiac hit a low with Aztek, Cadillac with Cimarron and V-8-6-4.

But how things have changed. The division is now working out of SoHo in New York and they have really recaptured the bold style that Cadillac was known for. It's not just a rebadged Caprice or Roadmaster anymore.

 

 

 
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Check back next month for some great original pictures of the Escala sedan. They say it's only a vision for the direction, but slap a Monroney on it and they will be lined up with cash in hand. That's not one of our pictures below - just a placeholder until April.