In my 1968 Ladybird Book of Motor Cars, the last two cars were a Buick Riviera and a Cadillac Eldorado. Large cars even by American standards. I have a Dinky Eldorado, I’d love a Corgi Riviera.
Buick is currently the oldest still-active American automotive make, and among the oldest automobile brands in the world, dating back to 1899.
I have seven Buicks: a Maisto Buick Bengal Concept, a Hot Wheels Buick GSX, a Hot Wheels 1971 Buick Riviera, a ’64 Riviera, a Corgi Juniors Buick Regal and two Matchbox 1956 Buick Century Police cars. Maisto is not usually my preferred choice in the 1:64 scale but they do produce some interesting cars ignored by other manufacturers. The Buick Bengal is a concept car unveiled to the public at the 2001 Detroit Motor Show with the aim of rejuvenating the brand and appealing to younger customers.
Cadillac is currently the second oldest American automobile brand following fellow GM marque Buick. Cadillac was founded in 1902, I have a nice 1913 Cadillac from the Matchbox Yesteryear range. Cadillac was named after a French explorer who founded Detroit in 1701.
I have seven Cadillacs. In addition to the Eldorado I have a Matchbox 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood , a Hot Wheels Cadillac Cien, a Matchbox Cadillac One, a Matchbox ’69 Cadillac Sedan, a Matchbox Yesteryear 1913 Cadillac and a Matchbox 1963 Cadillac Hearse.
The Cadillac Cien is a mid-engined, rear wheeled drive sports concept unveiled at the 2002 Detroit Motor Show. It is also the only Cadillac available to players of Sony Playstation’s Gran Turismo 4.
I heard some toy dealers were reluctant to stock a hearse, there is a strong taboo around death in many countries. The same toy dealers, I imagine are happy to stock toy guns, tanks and toy weapons.
I like the Cadillac Hearse it reminds me of the Cadillac Ambulance I had as a kid, with its long sleek profile.
…and I still haven’t found what I’m looking for…