First Caddie I owned was a '53, was nothing but trouble, I bought a used Ford instead. I owned 3 Caddies in all, the last an '81 with the V8, I bought it used, put in new sleeves and all bearings, it cost $700 to replace the water pump, later begin to overheat, I finally gave it to a neighbor just to get rid of it, watching it disappear in my rearview was the happiest day of my life, ... NEVER again. I've since owned an '02 Town Car for many years, best car I EVER owned, made when Lincoln was Lincoln and made in the only Lincoln factory, Edsel would have been very proud to see what he brought the car buying public, cars that last and keep on going, a fantastic automobile, many with over 400K and still running like new, the best kept secret around.
Kudos to Cadillac for bringing out the V8-6-4 motor, the Seville “bustle-back” sedan, the Cimmaron, the 150hp Fleetwood Brougham and the CT6 Blackwood only to cancel the widely-hearalded car but a few short months later. Cadillac has a history of shoot itself in the foot along with the advances mentioned in the story.
Some of the innovations are wonderful, like the synchro transmission. Others are merely self indulgent and don't add anything to the inherent qualities of the vehicle. General Motors was fixated on selling cars, and they succeeded brilliantly. The text of the Ad someone posted so generously is arrogant and presumptuous. Further on, the Company made some stupid mistakes, and being bailed out of bankruptcy being among them. The motivation was not to save the Company; it was to rescue 240,000 workers (read VOTERS). The Company following has been bland and unworthy of its past. And I haven't had my coffee yet.
I would settle for a Cadillac with style not todays aerodynamic every car looks the same one tone paint no chrome excuse for a Caddy and almost any other car. I know that time has passed but just think what designers could do if they did not have to worry about EPA or MPG? Just look at what the custom shops can do, now that’s a car I would buy. Any time they present a concept car I hope it just might make it to production but so far none have…where is the Tucker when you need one, now that was innovation all in one year and one model.
As others have pointed out, Corvette offered a factory alarm in 1968. The IMSA race team I was a part of in 1986 was chosen to help develop the Delco CCR 1000 adaptive and driver-adjustable dampers that, in the prototype system that was on our race car, could raise and lower the ride height by over six inches. During one practice pit stop, our driver (who shall remain nameless) forgot to turn the system off as he approached the box. When the air jack probe was inserted, the car came up as it was supposed to but all four wheels stayed firmly attached to the surface. Ooops. Lesson learned. The system could also be programmed to react quite swiftly to cornering forces and allowed our team to set a record lap time at Sears Point raceway. And then there was the time we employed a... Sorry. Still can't divulge some things!
The Cimarron The Caddy that Zigs 4100/4500/4900 and the Northstar. World class paper designs that were kind of garbage. The series II 3800 was vastly superior to the port injected caddy V8s and the LT1 350 made the Northstar an expensive showcase of engineering.
Cadillac was so worried about the Hydramatic that they had it sold first in Oldsmobiles.
All Caddies went to front-drive and V8s, then Rear Drive returned, now we have a hodgepodge of badge engineering and SUVs. Meh...
Lots of great innovations and a couple "not so great". I think one of the biggest mistakes was the introduction of "driving lights". There are so many ignorant people out there driving down the road with only "driving lights" that don't realize that there is not light one on the back of their vehicle. "Well, I can see ahead of me, so everything must be just "Jim Dandy" for everyone else.