Retro Car find for sustainable design ideas:
While walking to a conference, I could not help but to stop and admire a red antique car parked 3 spaces to the left of my car. Without reservation, I’m admitting that I am a old car nut with a specific masculine spot in my brain that loves sports cars. I just can’t seem to walk past them without stopping and looking at every detail, without concern for whatever engagement I am on my way to. Enough about me, let me give you a snapshot of the history behind the 1965 sporty four-door family sedan, which did bring a whole new dimension to Buick’s sports performance series. The Wildcat (I love the name) was considered the first performance luxury car in the full size family car arena. This car is not light weight, it featured a 401 cubic-inch V-8 nail head engine with a four barrel carburetor, needed to pull all 4,550 (appx) pounds of metal. The attractive design holds a position in the category of true 60′s muscles cars for those who are muscle car enthusiast.
Buick knew what it was doing by making sure it satisfied two types of consumers, 1) the 2-door convertible style delivered a dose of adrenalin for the man or woman who wanted to hold on to the single look and 2) the 2-door and the 4-door hard-top set the stage for those who wanted to look stylish with room for the family to sit comfortably while out running errands.
Staying true to Buick designs and both consumer profiles, side metal trims, portholes located on the front fenders, and the inverted grille that highlighted the Wildcat’s Buick emblem design created a distinct look that is still admired by car lovers of today.
The Wildcat series started in 1963 to 1970.
Original price bought new: $3,120-$3,650, wow.
GM is planning to roll out another model sedan. Taking styling cues from the Ciel open-air concept, GM’s flagship sedan has been green lighted to be roll off the assembly lines and ready for the market in 2015. Reaching for the stars, GM wants to compete for its market share against the BMW 7-series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Cadillac has been a standard brand name in the automobile industry. Its history of having state of the art features, regal designs and innovation construction has made it a choice for luxury in many dreamers minds. Founded over a 100 years ago in Detroit, Michigan, Cadillac ran the Ford company for its money by being the first to offer the world a electric self-starting engine and the first to offer the world a color other than black.
I am ecstatic to see a sleek and funky design that will set the pace of American made luxury cars in the contemporary global market. With this elegant design, featuring the early 1970′s long retro frame, GM is getting back to designing cars. If GM works hard to keep the front from looking like a pressed box of metal and keep the engineering from not being environmentally sound, the world may be sold. To all luxury car lovers, the flagship sedan may be worth waiting for.
source: Automotive News, Mike Colias 7/27/2012
source: Motor Authority, Viknesh Vijayenthiran 8/19/2011