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Saturday, November 10, 2007 From 1948

1948 Cadillac Club Coupe, or Model 6207, sometimes also referred to as a Sedanet

You could look it up a 1948 Cadillac Club Coupe, or Model 6207, sometimes also referred to as a Sedanet, parked on a side street in Beverly Hills

    The 1948 Cadillac is considered by many people to be the pinnacle of Cadillac styling, and is a "Certified Milestone Car." It was the first all-new design for the marque since the wartime years, and incorporated "rudder-type" tailfins for the first time, in what was to become a hallmark feature of Cadillac's for the next twelve years, reaching its zenith with the 1959 models and then disappearing entirely in two years. General Motors design chief Harley Earl gets a lot of credit, but the design was really Franklin Q. Hershey's baby, designed on Hershey's farm during a labor dispute. Both Harley Earl and Franklin Q. Hershey had seen the revolutionary P-38 Lightning which legendary Lockheed engineer Kelly Johnson and Hall Hibbard had designed just before the war, and which inspired so many design features in the Cadillac - not least of which was the "drum-type" housing of the instrument panel, which looked a lot like the display on a fighter; it was a bit expensive to produce, and thus appeared only on the 1948 models. The principal stylistic innovation was the single flowing visual line from front to back - also inspired by the P-38. It also had those boob-like bumper protrusions which came to be known as "Dagmars," named after an early television celebrity.

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1948 Cadillac Club Coupe, or Model 6207, sometimes also referred to as a Sedanet
1948 Cadillac Club Coupe, or Model 6207, sometimes also referred to as a Sedanet
1948 Cadillac Club Coupe, or Model 6207, sometimes also referred to as a Sedanet
1948 Cadillac Club Coupe, or Model 6207, sometimes also referred to as a Sedanet
1948 Cadillac Club Coupe, or Model 6207, sometimes also referred to as a Sedanet
1948 Cadillac Club Coupe, or Model 6207, sometimes also referred to as a Sedanet
1948 Cadillac Club Coupe, or Model 6207, sometimes also referred to as a Sedanet
1948 Cadillac Club Coupe, or Model 6207, sometimes also referred to as a Sedanet
1948 Cadillac Club Coupe, or Model 6207, sometimes also referred to as a Sedanet

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Technical Note:

Most of these photographs were shot with a Nikon D70 - using lens (1) AF-S Nikkor 18-70 mm 1:35-4.5G ED, or (2) AF Nikkor 70-300mm telephoto, or after 5 June 2006, (3) AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor, 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G ED. They were modified for web posting using Adobe Photoshop 7.0.  Earlier photography was done with a Sony Mavica digital still camera (MVC-FD-88) with built-in digital zoom.

[From 1948]

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