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Eight Passengers in Luxurious Awesomeness

Deartháir March 21, 2012 All Things Hoon 15 Comments

Sucks to your minivan!

There are a lot of options out there if you need to take a bunch of passengers in comfort. Although the trend has very much died down, there are still plenty of minivans on the market that offer eight-passenger seating in something distantly resembling comfort. Seven-passenger vehicles abound, even though virtually none of the people driving one will ever have any reason to carry seven passengers at the same time. But if you’re going to carry an , and you want to look like a god among men while you do it, you’ll have to get a little more creative than a Grand Caravan.

Mission: Accomplished.

Acres of luxury.

This car is actually stumping me somewhat. It appears to be a 1968 Cadillac Sixty Special… but the grille isn’t quite right. This does become the problem when you’re dealing with a custom-built limousine like this one; during the process of converting a regular car into a limo, the body style can change, and the fabricators will use components from several different years. This beauty was auctioned off at the recent Edmonton Motor Show, and was already sold by the time we saw it, so most of the information had been removed.

  

The layout is fascinating, however. There are of course the two seats in the driver’s compartment, separated from the rest of the vehicle by a plastic sneeze-guard. Directly behind that wall are a pair of jump-seats facing rearward. There are then a pair of folding seats, resembling the normal style of rear seat you would see in a 7-passenger sport ute today, and a pair of large, luxurious thrones at the very back. This is an eight-seater Cadillac. This is a minivan done right.

Probably the most interesting thing about it is that it’s really not much larger than a regular Cadillac Sixty for the era. It has almost twice the seating capacity, but it’s only a little bit larger. Sure, maybe that Honda Odyssey will give you better fuel economy. But you know what? Your kids would be happier if you dropped them off for school in this. Guaranteed. And if they’re not, they’re probably not your kids anyhow.

  • Devin

    Carry around a women's curling team you say?

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    I'll take it!

    • Deartháir

      If you click the link, that's exactly what we were talking about. Damn, the Russian team do look… quite… fetching… as they're sweeping away down the rink in fantastically tight pants.

      • Devin

        I think women's curling was my favorite sport last Olympics for that very reason.

  • dukeisduke

    Judging by the fact that it doesn't have side marker lights, it should be a '67.

  • pj134

    I feel like there is a trick here, but I'm pretty sure that would be a Fleetwood 75.

    • Deartháir

      Hm. You know, I think you're right. I saw "Cadillac Sixty" on the sheet on the dash, and never questioned it any further. That would be my bad on that one.

      • pj134

        You block out us commenters pretty well, I know I reference the Fleetwood 75 ~biweekly and there is at least one former owner among us.

        The '74 is something to see, at least I hear. It's about 10 inches shorter than the largest possible current F350.

        • Deartháir

          Honestly, I'm not over on this side of the fence very often at all anymore. So I'm not ignoring you, I just don't hear you at all.

        • One of them would be me, I had a '71 Fleetwood '75. That's what this one is, a '67. A fine automobile, too.

          • pj134

            I was thinking of you, just didn't remember if it was captain or a different title at the time.

      • OA5599

        A 75 is a Cadillac production model, too, not a third-party custom job like you implied in the article.

        • Deartháir

          So I see. In my defense, the Wikipedia articles pertaining specifically to the limousines of this era are a mess. There are multiple articles for "Fleetwood", none of which really direct you where you need to go. And in fact one of them links back to the Sixty Special, which is probably why the seller didn't know what it was either.

          • pj134

            Research into the great white highway whale is lacking, but they are a majestic breed. As a note, the 75 has the distinction of the largest production car from what I have read.

            • Deartháir

              Hold that thought. I've got something for you, to make amends for my grievous error. I'll try and post it today.

  • tonyola

    This is a 1967 Fleetwood 75, not a 1968, and it looks quite stock from here. It has a wheelbase 17 inches longer than a Sixty Special. …

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