1955 Cadillac La Salle II Hardtop Sedan

Cadillac La Salle II Hardtop Sedan, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Hardtop Sedan, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Hardtop Sedan, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Hardtop Sedan, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Hardtop Sedan, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Hardtop Sedan, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Hardtop Sedan, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Hardtop Sedan, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Hardtop Sedan, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Hardtop Sedan, 1955
Cadillac La Salle II Hardtop Sedan, 1955 - on display at the Waldorf Astoria
Cadillac La Salle II Hardtop Sedan, 1955 - on display at the Waldorf Astoria
If the 1955 LaSalle II concept car roadster evoked the Corvette, the LaSalle II hardtop sedan concept, pictured here, epitomized sporting elegance.
If the 1955 LaSalle II concept car roadster evoked the Corvette, the LaSalle II hardtop sedan concept, pictured here, epitomized sporting elegance.
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XP32, LaSalle II sedan (special order #2217) shown at 1955 Motorama [currently in the Joe Bortz collection, Chicago].
This was the companion car to the La Salle II roadster. It was loaded with futuristic, practical items including a light, aluminum, fuel-injected, double OHC V-6 engine, independent rear suspension, brake drums cast directly in alloy wheels. Photo McC p.310. Noteworthy on this sedan is the so-called dog-leg "A" pillar and the compound-curve windshield extending far up into the roof area. The latter was featured again on the production Cadillac Eldorado Brougham models for 1959.


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.
По материалам: www.car-nection.com; history.gmheritagecenter.com
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Guy Warmoth
26 января 2013 г.
This car has been found and restored by Bortz of Chicago along with the roadster version.
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