American Icon 1950s Cadillac

This great American icon of American success and the American dream, the 1950s Cadillac, is beautifully drawn here by renowned artist John Harding. See a portfolio of John Harding’s work here.

When this famous automobile first appeared on the streets the classic lines of the 1950s Cadillac defined an era. The style embodied the optimism of post-war America and heralded a glorious industrial renaissance led by Detroit, the home of the American automobile industry. On 25 November 1949, Cadillac produced its one millionth car, a 1950 Coupe de Ville.

American Icon, the 1950s Cadillac
American Icon, the 1950s Cadillac Artist: John Harding — click to enlarge

Cadillac developed three engines for the 1950 model, including the V8 engine which  set the standard for the automotive industry.  Cadillac’s first tail fins, inspired by the twin rudders of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, appeared in 1948.

Elvis Pink Cadillac
Elvis' favourite, a pink 1955 Cadillac Fleetwood -- Photo: source unknown*

Cadillac was Elvis Presley’s favourite make of car, whether pink or black.  Elvis owned a black Cadillac that featured in the lyrics of “Santa Claus is Back in Town” while his favourite pink Cadillac is mentioned in “Baby Let’s Play House.” Elvis owned many auto’s and generously donated many of these to his friends and to total strangers. This 1955 pink and white Cadillac Fleetwood (originally blue in colour) is said to have been his favourite. The one car he never sold or gave away.

2 Replies to “American Icon 1950s Cadillac”

  1. I do even now remember the first occasion I heard an Elvis Presley song I was six years old. I did not know that he had already passed away until my parents told me. Even now even though I’m 35 I still get pleasure from listening to him sing. He had such a gorgeous voice.

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