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The Year Is: 1957


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Poll: The Year Is: 1957 (9 member(s) have cast votes)

Which car would you choose?

  1. Cadillac Series 70 Eldorado (4 votes [44.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 44.44%

  2. Lincoln Premiere (1 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  3. Imperial Crown (1 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

  4. Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud (2 votes [22.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 22.22%

  5. Bentley S1 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. Mercedes Benz 300 (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. Jaguar Mk VIII (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  8. BMW 501 (1 votes [11.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 11.11%

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Posted 22 June 2012 - 05:32 PM

The year is 1957. You've just been promoted to Senior Adviser to the Assistant Vice Deputy General Secretary at the National Center for the Association of Institutes. Your new job requires a lot of travel and the need to impress people once you get there. Your current car is looking a bit dilapidated and isn't up to the task.

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Since the company is willing to pay the cost of a chauffeur, you decide a large four door luxury car is what you need. The only question is, which one?

1957 Cadillac Series 70 Eldorado
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1957 Lincoln Premiere
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1957 Imperial Crown
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1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
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1957 Bentley S1
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1957 Mercedes 300
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1957 Jaguar Mk VIII
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1957 BMW 501
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 08:20 PM

Am I the only one to notice how stylistically ahead of the game the US makes were at this time? Even 10 years after WWII all the European designs look pre-war.
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 08:29 PM

^ absolutely, and I've said this before. The Euro stuff is all mid-40s design- & power train-wise. Not even close to being competitive.
I would instantly take the EB, it's as far beyond the other 2 Americans, as they are beyond the euro stuff.
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 04:31 AM

I would have to take a test-sit in the Cadillac and the Imperial before making a move on this. The Lincoln appears absolutely ordinary compared to the other two domestics and the Europeans all look dorky except for the Benz, and to a lesser extent, the Rolls.
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:13 AM

The Cadillac by a country mile. What might surprise those here is my second choice- the Silver Cloud. Absolutely love that generation of Rolls.
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 07:16 AM

To be chauffeured, the Eldo or Imperial would work quite well. To drive, though, I'd want 1957s best looking American car, IMO..

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Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar, 26 June 2012 - 07:16 AM.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 09:23 AM

Good choice for 1957 Beauty Queen.
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 11:33 AM

To be chauffeured, the Eldo or Imperial would work quite well. To drive, though, I'd want 1957s best looking American car, IMO..

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Good choice for 1957 Beauty Queen.


Maybe for you two, but this is the beauty queen I'd be voting for:

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 11:57 AM


To be chauffeured, the Eldo or Imperial would work quite well. To drive, though, I'd want 1957s best looking American car, IMO..

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Good choice for 1957 Beauty Queen.


Maybe for you two, but this is the beauty queen I'd be voting for:

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I have to Vote +1 for this Beauty! :D
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 12:34 PM

The EB is nice because it performs both duties (driver's car or head of state car) with exemplary aplomb.
The euro-barges were anachronistic slugs still shy of 200 HP with little in the way of amenities; good at neither task.

I'm a huge fan of the '50s MoPar super cars, but they're not in the same category here.
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 12:43 PM

Imperial and Cadillac, I believe, produced limousines that year. I wonder if Lincoln ever produced a limo at the factory level. The Eldorado and Crown shown weren't limos, per se, if we're talking strictly of cars one is "driven" in.

EDIT: I stand corrected, if my source is correct, Lincoln did make a factory limo in 1957, with no extra length in wheelbase, but with an extended rear passenger compartment. Now I need photos.

Edited by ocnblu, 26 June 2012 - 12:49 PM.

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Posted 26 June 2012 - 01:01 PM

:worthless:

Show us the Lincoln Please! :P

JK :neenerneener:
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 01:15 PM


To be chauffeured, the Eldo or Imperial would work quite well. To drive, though, I'd want 1957s best looking American car, IMO..

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Good choice for 1957 Beauty Queen.


Maybe for you two, but this is the beauty queen I'd be voting for:

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I'm with you pal...

I wonder if they would have put a Tri power in a 4 door? I don't really know....but wasn't the 57 Olds available as a Tri power?

...and OMFG...I am just spechless with the photograph of that Olds.
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 09:09 PM

^ yep, the J-2 3x2bbl option was available across the board, IIRC.

The Olds is nice looking, but likewise is not in this category.
Personally, tho one of the nicest '50s Olds's, it still doesn't inspire lust in me.

OCN~ an 'extended pass compartment / same wheelbase' Lincoln would be a new one on me. I for one would very much be interested in reading more.
Cadillac's Series 75s were indeed factory built. Imperial's bodies were factory-authorized, but the bodies were outsourced, IIRC. Lincoln didn't offer a commercial chassis, I don't believe there was a factory limo, but haven't studied Lincoln in this era that deeply.
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Posted 26 June 2012 - 09:20 PM

BTW.... Anyone know what the O/P's "current car" (the rusty wreck) is, and how it's worth might compare to those listed below it???

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 04:38 AM

I went over to that "old car brochure" site (fascinating) and started with 1957 on the Lincoln list. I saw limousines in the 1959 brochure, Continental Town Car it was called I believe.

I also didn't realize that the original, classic '61 Continental we all hold up as Lincoln's styling zenith was so small. It was, in turn, enlarged each model year after that a bit at a time for several years. They certainly hid it well.

Lincolns of the era (early 50's saw their racing success) seemed well-engineered, but weren't blessed with amazing style until '61. I wonder how that smaller '61 Continental sold against Cadillac and Imperial.
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:10 AM

BTW.... Anyone know what the O/P's "current car" (the rusty wreck) is, and how it's worth might compare to those listed below it???


The hideous wreck is a famous custom car, IIRC. '40 Ford or something like that...it looks familiar from some context, but I can't place it.

Edited by Cubical-aka-Moltar, 27 June 2012 - 08:11 AM.

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Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:36 AM

Correct, Moltie. Not sure on its value, but I'd be willing to risk a guess of $100K to start, but it might be much higher.
I'm not aware of the circumstances of what looks like it getting burnt, but it's alive & well today:
http://www.hubgarage...g67/blogs/33274
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:48 AM

I went over to that "old car brochure" site (fascinating) and started with 1957 on the Lincoln list. I saw limousines in the 1959 brochure, Continental Town Car it was called I believe.


Looked at that, but it appears there's no longer wheelbase involved, and from the pic I don't see a greatly larger rear compartment. IOW, I think Lincoln mis-appropriated the 'limousine' moniker to a significant degree.
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Posted 27 June 2012 - 09:03 AM


I went over to that "old car brochure" site (fascinating) and started with 1957 on the Lincoln list. I saw limousines in the 1959 brochure, Continental Town Car it was called I believe.


Looked at that, but it appears there's no longer wheelbase involved, and from the pic I don't see a greatly larger rear compartment. IOW, I think Lincoln mis-appropriated the 'limousine' moniker to a significant degree.

Not sure about 1957, but I do recall reading about 2 different rooflines on the '58-60 Continental 4drs...there was a version w/ a vinyl or padded top and more formal rear window..that may be what this in reference to.
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