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1955 Cadillac La Salle II Roadster

Cadillac La Salle II Roadster, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Roadster, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Roadster, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Roadster, 1955
GM design chief Harley Earl spearheaded the 1955 Cadillac LaSalle II series concept cars for that year's GM Motorama traveling auto show.
GM design chief Harley Earl spearheaded the 1955 Cadillac LaSalle II series concept cars for that year's GM Motorama traveling auto show.
Cadillac La Salle II Roadster, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Roadster, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Roadster, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Roadster, 1955
Bortz Auto Collection Archives
Bortz Auto Collection Archives
Cadillac La Salle II Roadster, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Roadster, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Roadster, 1955 - Design Proposal
Cadillac La Salle II Roadster, 1955 - Design Proposal
Cadillac La Salle II Roadster, 1955 - Design Proposal
Cadillac La Salle II Roadster, 1955 - Design Proposal
GM Motorama Ad, 1955
GM Motorama Ad, 1955
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XP34, LaSalle II roadster (special order #2220), shown at 1955 Motorama, car also currently in Joe Bortz collection, Chicago
This was the companion car to the Cadillac La Salle II 4-door pillarless hardtop. The front of both cars is atypical of other Cadillac show cars of the fifties although the small fender grilles above the front bumper ends reappeared on production Cadillacs in 1957. The rear of the Cadillac La Salle II show-cars emulates that of early Chevrolet Corvette models. These two show cars were attempts by Cadillac to revive the La Salle name, which had gone out of circulation in 1941 Other similar attempts were made again in the mid-sixties, and a third time in the early seventies, when the name was proposed for what later became the compact Seville.

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In 1955, Harley Earl’s Art and Color Section created two Cadillac LaSalle II dream cars for display in the 1955 GM Motorama shows. One was a small four-door hardtop sedan. The other was a two-seat convertible roadster. Compact V6 experimental aluminum engines powered both. Both LaSalles had 1940’s style vertical grille openings, Dagmar bumper guards and the LaS insignia as used in the marques' early years.

The hardtop sedan had rear-hinged back doors with seating for six despite a compact 108-inch wheelbase. Overall length was just 180-inches, height a mere 50-inches. The lowness was partly achieved with 13-inch tires. Other features included unit construction, a big compound-curve windshield, concave body side ellipses and semi-exposed rear wheels.

The other LaSalle II, the two-seat roadster convertible, had a fiberglass body with concave body side panels behind the front wheel openings. It was extremely short with a chopped-off rear end with fully opened rear fenders. Chassis side rails housed the exhaust pipes, which exited just ahead of the back wheels.

Both LaSalle II’s were strictly for show and never intended for showrooms. Sent to the crusher, both the four-door hardtop and roadster were instead hidden in the back corner of a salvage yard and were acquired ca. 1990 by a Chicago area nightclub owner, Joe Bortz, who has made a significant investment in restoring GM Motorama cars.

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А вот это вещь совершенно уникальная, — один из двух автомобилей La Salle II из экспозиции Motorama 1955 года, каким-то чудом уцелевший до наших дней. После завершения выставки машину какое-то время хранили в одном из ангаров на территории дизайн-центра GM, а затем решили уничтожить... и сдали в металлолом. В буквальном смысле слова: просто взяли и вывезли на одну из мичиганских свалок. Вместе с другим автомобилем, закрытым четырехдверным La Salle II, и еще несколькими «никому не нужными» вчерашними мечтами...

Долгое время об автомобиле не было ни слуху ни духу; считалось, что его давным-давно нет на свете, остались только фотографии. Но нашелся наконец неравнодушный человек, — коллекционер Джо Бортц, собирающий эти самые «вчерашние мечты», — который выяснил, что у владельцев упомянутой свалки тоже не поднялась рука уничтожить уникальную машину, и умудрился ее у них откупить. И второй, четырехдверный La Salle II, — тоже. Сейчас машины проходят реставрацию — и в скором времени предстанут перед нами во всем своем прежнем блеске. (Сомневаться в этом не приходится: сверкающие автомобили Pontiac Bonneville Special — тоже из коллекции Джо Бортца.)

Андрей ХРИСАНФОВ - Газета АВТОРЕВЮ 2003 год / №18 (296) / Кунсткамера. Сны наяву
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cabdriver
Sunday, August 31, 2008
They should bring back the La Salle line for caddy! The world needs a value cadillac!
Chuck D.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
In this video we go for a ride in the 1955 Lasalle Roadster. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jLRoxn-hZU
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