The Kitchen Sink Cadillac

Once upon a time, General Motors ruled the world.  It made creative and colorful cars with character.  You could tell the difference between a ’56 and a ’57, and a Chevy didn’t look like a Buick didn’t look like a Pontiac didn’t look like an Oldsmobile.  (R.I.P. Pontiac and Olds.)

And then, there was the Cadillac.  There was a reason people used to say, “It’s the Cadillac of (fill in the blank).”

But I’d never seen the kitchen sink Cadillac.  A one-off concept car called the Maharani Special. 

Boy, they must have had a ball designing this.  Here’s a slide show from the New York Times.


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6 Responses to The Kitchen Sink Cadillac

  1. Li'l Em-Kel says:

    Pretty sharp, all right, but y’know, the best feature in the car is one that all cars of the era had: the big, round horn lever inside the steering wheel. You always knew exactly where it was and you could hit it with your thumb.

    Ah well, it was too simple and effective to last.

    • Gerry says:

      Good eye. The one thing I don’t miss was an option purchased by so many parents: clear plastic seat covers that burned a layer of skin off in the summer.

  2. richb says:

    My dad had those on his ’59 Chevy station wagon, the one with the cat eyes tail lights. My sibs and I used to ride “way in the back” sans seat belts or any other safety devices to prevent us from sliding around on winding roads…and those plastic seat covers gave off a very distinct aroma during the heat of the summer; sort of a “plastic-ee /polycarbonate scent.

    • Gerry says:

      We had the ’60, Rick. On the way to the Cape, the luggage was in the back seat, and the 3 kids in the “way back.” Pre-padding. Pre-seat belts. Somehow we survived. (“Are we there yet?”)

  3. Toyota actually makes a model with a full kitchen in it. The Toyota president drives one. My sources tell me his aides were seen removing the knives and the gas stove last week.

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