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Bryan
Hagerty Employee

What If? 1977 Cadillac Escalade

Welcome to What If, a new feature from imaginative illustrator Abimelec Arellano and Hagerty. We’ll be taking you back in time—and possibly forward into the future—to meet alternative-universe automobiles.

 

Didja ever hear the story about the time Rolls-Royce sent a representative out to chastise a pig farmer? They’d heard a story that a very wealthy fellow in the English countryside was using his Silver Cloud to haul his prize pigs to exhibitions. So the boys from Crewe went out to his mansion, knocked on his door, and waited for him to answer ...

 

Read the full article on Hagerty.com:

https://www.hagerty.com/media/what-if/what-if-1977-cadillac-escalade/

15 REPLIES 15
samurai1833
New Driver

I don't hate it.

Pepperalls
Detailer

Put a double opera window in that rear side window to really give us that 70s vibe.

 

Padded vinyl top too, it would have been a special order to not have one likely.

 

 

Good job on this. I do think some of the earlier 60s Cadillac front end styling ideas would actually work better. This front end looks like some of the custom vans of the era that rather obviously just jammed something on there.

onteo
Pit Crew

Davin needs to make this a project car !!

bblhed
Instructor

It looks alright, but the wheels should be deluxe wheel covers not those BBS looking things. I can't think of anything that didn't come with steel wheels and hub caps in the 70's.

TimK
Detailer

And now I know the inspiration for the Griswold's Wagon Queen Family Truckster. Other than the size and the fact the Truckster is based on a Ford Country Squire all this Caddy needs is some fake wood siding and it's even a color match. 

SilentBoy741
Instructor

"Room for 5 inside, and 1 up top!"

-- Clark Griswold

DrDog
Pit Crew

No, No & No.  

CJinSD
Instructor

A Cadillac station wagon was a non-starter because even putting a wreath and crest on a Suburban screamed hearse back when most people had Christian burials.

W123Rice
New Driver

Yes Hearse. 

drhino
Technician

Classic!  The paragraph that begins “This, we think, is where the Escalade will fail...” is pure gold. Proof that there’s a sucker born every minute. 

DRF
Intermediate Driver

I always thought the writing in Road & Driver was never quite as good as in the Car & Track magazine. They are right about the idea that Cadillac buyers are too sophisticated to fall for this badge engineered Suburban trick.  Suburbans are work trucks or Airstream haulers, not a luxury car.  I noted in the article something about "lease"?  I guess I am not sure what that is as it applies to a car?

Historian
Detailer

Keep that idiotic Chip Foose away from it!

DeanH
Intermediate Driver

First thing that crossed my mind > https://youtu.be/768sFT_HZLA

jsfury
Intermediate Driver

No. Just no.

carguyjim
Detailer

Folks just weren't pretentious back then... The Greatest Generation would have scoffed at the silliness....