For reasons that I probably can’t explain, I have always loved the sharp and sharp 1990s Cadillac Sevilles. What a horror it was to open a copy of Car Styling magazine and understand that Cadillac was sitting on this look for two decades live.
Welcome back to the Auto Archives, the show in which we dive into my personal collection of Car Styling magazine editions. These issues are packed with never-uploaded online prints, sketches, and interviews. I wish I had time to go through each page.
I wish I had the time to spend all this edition of Car Styling with you, because this edition had a full visual history of post-war Cads from the 1940s through the early 1970s, deep into the entire era of gold. You can see the fins flutter and fall, see large wide fenders become slim and crisp as Bill Mitchell wrestled control away from Harley Earl.
I hope soon a quarantine will guide me, indeed, to load every relevant page I find. Until then, enjoy this little episode detailing how Mitchell’s studio began working on what would become the classic Seville Bustleback of the late ’70s and early’ 80s, and how Seville Original was inspired by the influential Fiat Velvet-Underground-grade. 130 Coupé by Pininfarina.
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These were incredible exercises of styles that I wish I had all the money and engineering thrown at them that they deserved. Until then, I’m going crazy.