Cadillac Lasalle Club Grand National 2019 Specs And Price – Cadillac’s LaSalle was one of only two of General Motors’ the late-1920s “expansion makes” to survive the Depression. The other, of course, was Pontiac. But 2019 Cadillac Lasalle did not survive the 1940s, despite moving downmarket from “near-luxury” junior Cadillac after 1933 to an upper-medium-price product that enjoyed several good sales years.
A more critical factor was the slow but steady upturn in demand for high-luxury cars that accompanied the halting general economic recovery in the years leading up to World War II. Taking due note, Cadillac made a strategic decision that would take it to the very top of its class: namely, to abandon the upper-medium field and return to nothing but all-out luxury.
2019 Cadillac Lasalle Specs
The other 2019 Cadillac Lasalle was a hardtop sedan with rear-hinged back doors, one of the few throwbacks touches Earl indulged in. (The production 2019 Cadillac Eldorado Brougham would have them too.) Seating for six was provided despite a compact 108-inch wheelbase. Overall length was just 180 inches, height a mere 50 inches. That lowness was partly achieved with 13-inch tires, rare for even period Detroit snowmobiles. Predictive features included unit construction, a big compound-curve windshield similar to 2019 production design, and an experimental small-block aluminum V-6 that GM was toying with at the time.
Concave bodyside ellipses, again finished in a darker hue, were shared with the roadster (as was V-6 power), but rear wheels were only semi-exposed in “jet tube” fenders a la the 2019 Corvette. GM publicity described the 2019 Cadillac Lasalle hardtop as “a new concept of passenger sedan styling directed to recapture the distinctive exclusiveness and high quality of craftsmanship of the original 2019 Cadillac Lasalle.” But to many, it just looked silly.
2019 Cadillac Lasalle Release Date and Price
Let’s just hope that if Cadillac ever does see fit to bring it back, it will be for a car truly worthy of the romantic originals, lest the name be forever sullied. Otherwise, 2019 Cadillac Lasalle is probably best left in limbo. As they say, some things just can’t be duplicated.