Pink Cadillac de Ville

I’d just walked into the car park when I caught sight of it. It may as well have been a flying saucer. But it was actually a pink Cadillac sedan. It’s not often you see pink Cadillacs anywhere, never mind in a municipal car park in Herefordshire, England.

It looked like it was about 30 feet long, and its driver had needed to find a parking bay with about 6 feet of sidewalk behind it, over which the tailgate was cantilevered.

It wasn’t the model shown below, but it was the colour shown, and it had the same extended feel to it, like its 5 litre V8 engine would have no trouble doing 200 mph, and 5 miles to the gallon.


I gazed at it quite a long time. So did other people. Cars came by and slowed or stopped to look.

It was in perfect condition, and I guessed it was from the 1950s or 60s, and was the kind of car Marilyn Monroe would have stepped out of onto the red carpet on arrival at the Oscars. It showcased a lost set of values: It was glamorous, larger than life, over the top, no expense spared, showy, loud, unashamed, unrestrained, rich, opulent, luxurious, brash, crass, and self-confident.

Because that’s how America was back then.

My little Toyota was parked a few yards away. Its values were very different. Compact, minimal, economical, efficient. Like much else in Britain, and probably America too. We live in an age of finger-wagging self-denial and killjoy austerity, after all.

Who’s glamorous, larger than life, over the top, no expense spared, showy, loud, unashamed, unrestrained, rich, opulent, luxurious, brash, crass, and self-confident in America these days? Or anywhere else for that matter?

Donald Trump. And when he talks about making America great again, he means like America in the 1950s and 60s before the Kennedy assassination and the Vietnam war. The America of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and Marilyn Monroe and 30 foot pink Cadillacs, long before Political Correctness had rotted its soul. Trump is an anachronism. He’s man from another era, with another set of dreams and values – the ones he grew up with in Brooklyn in the 1950s. He may as well have stepped out of the screen of one of the movies he watched back then. He’s a mogul playing a mogul, an Orson Welles playing Citizen Kane.

Anyway, I memorised the tail fins and the radiator grille, and when I got home I soon found online that it was probably a 1960 Cadillac de Ville.

I got my EU referendum voter card today, and I was going to carry on writing about Europe. I’ll continue another time.



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22 Responses to Pink Cadillac de Ville

  1. Lovely observation and beautiful car. I’ve always had a fascination with aesthetics and design as a reflection of society and culture. It is interesting how we went from putting footsteps on the moon to leaving no carbon footprint on anything all in the course of a couple generations.

    I think some of it has to do with the natural aesthetic of current and cutting edge technologies – in the days when that car was designed, we were entering the space age and rockets. Now today, cutting edge technology is quantum, nano, or wireless or invisible or makes time and place irrelevant. In short there is no natural aesthetic to any of these things. It’s one of the reasons why I think the ‘retro’ design movement became popular in automobiles (the mini, the new VW beetle). I think since there is nothing that anchors people tangibly or concretely to this age or place, it’s somewhat stolen their ‘identity’, and led them to being susceptible to notions of leaving no footprint, feeling guilty about using resources, global warming or other hype.

    • waltc says:

      Your comment is beautifully observed too. Yes, we went from Everything’s Possible to Nothing’s Permitted. We have entered the Age of Timidity.

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

  3. harleyrider1978 says:

    This 68 charger of mine had ashtrays and everything

  4. nisakiman says:

    Back in 1967 when I was hitch-hiking outside Istanbul on my way to Lebanon I got picked up by a Swiss guy in exactly the same model as the one in the picture, although it was white, not pink. He was on his way to the oil fields in Bahrain, and offered to get me a job there. Sadly, it was just after the Six Day War, and although I had a Syrian visa, they weren’t letting anyone with German, British or American passports through the border, so I lost my lift to Bahrain there. I ended up making my way across central Turkey to the Iranian border in the NE and went from there across Iran, into Afghanistan and beyond.

    Fantastic car, though. Like a beautiful barge on wheels.

  5. Lepercolonist says:

    Unlike Obama you will not see Trump apologizing to foreign nations about the behavior of the U.S.

  6. Timothy Goodacre says:

    Ah yes and lovely unfiltered cigarettes too. Wonderful times !

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    Schizophrenia Risk: Pregnant Smokers Warned

    Smoking during pregnancy can increase the chance of a baby having schizophrenia by 38%, according to a study.

    The research from Finland found that the risk to a baby increases with the amount of nicotine a woman is exposed to during her pregnancy.

    Scientists looked at data for 1,000 schizophrenia patients, matching their birth and health records with those of non-affected people.

    The also examined the level of nicotine marker cotinine that was in the blood, using blood tests during the first and early second trimesters of pregnancy.

    Nicotine is known to cross the placenta and enter the foetal bloodstream and can lead to development problems in babies.

    The tests showed that a fifth of mothers of schizophrenia patients were found to have smoked heavily while carrying their children, compared with 14.7% of the other mothers.

    Senior researcher Professor Alan Brown, from the University of Columbia in the US, said the report showed that more education was needed on the “potentially debilitating – and largely preventable – consequences that smoking may have on children over time”.

    He added: “Future studies on maternal smoking and other environmental, genetic and epigenetic factors – as well as animal models – should allow identification of the biological mechanisms responsible for these associations.

    “Finally, it is of interest to examine maternal cotinine in relation to bipolar disorder, autism and other psychiatric disorders.”

    The same team has previously done research to show that children have a higher risk of developing bipolar disorder if their mother smoked while pregnant.

  8. harleyrider1978 says:

    The research from Finland found that the risk to a baby increases with the amount of nicotine a woman is exposed to during her pregnancy.

    Smoking always has the reverse effect we all know this

  9. harleyrider1978 says:

    Why cigarette sales are rising in America –
    Loading…Oct 7, 2015 – On Monday, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau reported … Reynolds American and Altria are up more than 40 percent and 12 …

    • harleyrider1978 says:

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  10. Viltmästarn`s Skog och Jakt ent. says:

    Is anyone who knows who owns -59 pink cadillac.
    Regards christer from Sweden

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