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Long Shots: The Two Toned Wonder

So, the other day this olelongrooffan was out and about doing what, I don’t remember. But I do remember seeing this beauty in the parking lot of my local beachside filling station. (When was the last time my fellow Hoons heard a gas station referred to as that? I love my ole man.) Anyway, in honor of CptSevere, I proudly share this two tone then luxury car with my fellow Hoons.

Yes, it is a LaSalle, although in the , it is referred to as a Cadillac LaSalle. This olelongrooffan will wait for Tonyola to chime in with that connection. I have seen a couple of these previously and, while interesting, nothing really struck my fancy about this marque.

Although that pitted chrome hood ornament sure has a phallic appearance to it.

But overall, this is an original car in original appearing condition. Certainly worthy of a second look by someone who has an interest in it. It’s not me though.

But I will say this about that, those old two tone cars with the body one color and the fenders another sure stand out in today’s beigeness.

This junior Cadillac has some interesting lines and I certainly hope it is sold soon. That hotel in the background, just two blocks from my Taj Mahal, is located beach front and if this ole sweetie spends to much time here at the home of the winged horse, the chrome on it will certainly pit even worse than it is already.

Sorry about the glare on the glass of the driver’s window but I thought the dashboard of this Harley Earle designed automobile is rather on the simple side. But I did notice the vents in the center of it matched the grille on the fenders out front. It has a three on the tree shifter but I’m nut sure what the button protruding from the left side of that steering wheel is. Any thoughts?

I am fairly certain that when this beauty left the assembly line during the last year LaSalle’s were produced, it possessed a little bit dressier gas cap than it is sporting these days.

And yeah, suicide doors FTW!

“Gee, our old LaSalle ran great. Those were the days.”

As you may have noticed, by way of my fellow Hoons votes, CptSevere named this new series. Thanks Man. Email me or the tips line your email addy and I’ll get with you for some swag.

Copyright Redusernab 2012/longrooffan

  • I, for one, would like to applaud for the excellent series name selection.

    • Charles_Barrett

      I agree completely; "Long Shots" is an excellent naming choice…!

      • There is no prize sweeter than the Charles Barrett Seal of Approval.

  • Savant_Idiot

    Love the name of the new feature AND that LaSalle. I want to take it home and wax/polish/clean it then drive the grandkids in it on weekends…

  • What I'd give for a car like that…

    • according to Craigslist 9900 bucks

      • Le sigh. I won't be having a LaSalle any time soon than. That's costs more than the combined resale value of my F-150 AND both Tempos.

  • No love for the two tone Caravan parked next to the arguably rarer Lasalle?

    • excellent observation…I didn't even notice that minivan….

    • Savant_Idiot

      Not when one of the two colors is rust and/or peeling clear coat…

  • Great subject for your new series, Longroofian. I absolutely love old Caddies and LaSalles. The engine under the hood might resemble this http://redusernab.info/2010/01/13/mine-engine-mystery-is-solved/
    Hey, I'm glad you liked my suggestion for the name of your new series. Hey! I won something! I'll email you. Thanks in advance for the cool shwag.

    • You are my hero for the day. You came up with a kickass name, and I am totally jealous.

    • $kaycog

      Congratulations, CptSevere! Drinks are on you!

    • OA5599

      It looks like I got runner-up in the vote count. If for some reason you become unable to perform your official duties, the swag becomes mine, all mine.

      Let's, uh, hope nobody publishes any compromising photos of you that may cause you too resign. What's it worth to you for me to lose the one of you driving the silver Prius to the Ralph Nader rally in Tucson last March 15?

      • That wasn't me. If you look closely, that's a tan Stetson that guy was wearing, I wear a light brown Ferrantelli XXXX beaver cowboy hat. Besides, everybody who knows me will testify that I was underground moving rocks that day. Your foul attempt at blackmail will get you nowhere, knave.

  • Two tone fenders got me thinking about a Encyclopedia Hoonatica. Did we do that?

    • Savant_Idiot

      Or Hoonipedia, with user entries like Wiki… I would sooooo use that as my reference for everything Hoonworthy!

  • tonyola

    The seller is wrong. There was never a Cadillac LaSalle – LaSalle was always a separate make, though it was built by Cadillac. This car is a 1940, which was the last year for the make. It's also the Model 50, cheaper of the two available lines in that it has the older sedan body. The premium Model 52 LaSalle had a sleeker new body.
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    The hot ticket is the Model 52 convertible sedan – worth some pretty serious money nowadays.
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    LaSalle was created in the late '20s to fill a gap between Buick and Cadillac, but that gap narrowed to nearly nothing by 1940 and GM decided keeping the LaSalle wasn't worth the bother. The 1975 Cadillac Seville was going to be called LaSalle, but Cadillac changed their mind at the last minute when it was pointed out that the LaSalle name had a loser image since it was killed by GM.

    • This olelongrooffan is not disappointed.

  • The "button" alongside the steering column is the attachment point for a turn signal lever. Such luxury!

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  • Charles_Barrett

    If I may add a bit to what Tonyola said above, GM looked to proliferate marques even further with "companion" makes: Oakland got Pontiac, Oldsmobile got Viking, Buick got Marquette, and Cadillac got LaSalle. When this dizzying array was later simplified, GM kept Pontiac, and ditched Oakland, Marquette, and Viking. LaSalle was the last of the "companions" makes left standing (except Pontiac, which outlived its big brother Oakland), and even LaSalle was gone by the Second World War.

    • tonyola

      GM did work up some prototypes for 1941 LaSalles before they pulled the plug on the marque.
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  • Van_Sarockin

    Nice start to the series. And an excellent title, to boot!

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