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Cadillac: A Century of Excellence Hardcover – May, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: MetroBooks (NY) (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586631683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586631680
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 11.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

It was well thought out with excellent history details.
D. L. Zehringer
There are a number of flaws in the pictures like misspelling the modelyear (or not even mentioning it) and Elvis leaning against an Imperial.
E. Vervoort
If you like those coffee table books and you are into cars, this is a great one to own.
Landis Odoms

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By "socalsoda" on May 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I love Cadillacs, but this book does not do them justice. The people who put this book together can't even identify them. Several photos are mis-named, for example, most of the time the captions for 1958 Cadillacs read that they are 1957 cadillacs (Come on guys) and other captions are very generic becuase I assume they couldnt identify the years. Oh, and get this one... They have a section with star's cars, and they talk about how Elvis gave out caddys left and right, but the photo shown is of Elvis leaning against a Chrysler Imperial, even the Imperial name is spelled out and the editors didnt catch this? Don't tell me they dont know a Caddy from a Mopar. Also several of the photos show beauty shots of hood ornaments and a bunch are shiney, but pitted. Couldnt they have found a rechromed sample? This book is put together very poorly. It is a real waste.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Vervoort on March 27, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of the few to celebrate the first 100 years of Cadillac. Text is ok, pictures are lavish and big-sized. There are a number of flaws in the pictures like misspelling the modelyear (or not even mentioning it) and Elvis leaning against an Imperial. On the other hand the format on the book is good, the pictures are great (although a lot of them have been published before) and for a real Cadillac enthousiast like me it was still worthwhile ordering it. But a little more care for the detail would have been appreciated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bobster on January 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Good: Beautiful large color pictures, from Automobile Quarterly and other sources. Buy the book and cut the pictures out and frame them, because:

The Bad: Full of inaccuracies. I hadnt even got to the table of contents when I noticed a 58 sedan mis-labeled as a 57. And it gets worse from there, a 73 ambulance is identified as a "mid-1960s" model, etc.

The Ugly: The author lets his personal views about the gas crisis of the 70s shape his narrative, instead of just stating the facts, which are a fascinating story in their own right and do not need embellishment. I'm speculating the author hasn't spent much time in America and doesn't really understand Cadillac's target market in the U.S.. Sure people wanted better economy but didn't want to give up the other attributes of a Cadillac, like interior room, performance, and prestige. That's why the Cimarron, Diesel, V8-6-4, Catera, etc. were failures in the marketplace while the regular DeVille coupes and sedans continued to sell well.

In addition, the book is short on techincal detail for such a large and expensive effort. Looking for facts about your favorite model? Chances are you won't find them here. The definitive Cadillac book in my opinion is 80 years of cadillac by Walter McCall, now out of print.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Zehringer on March 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a great coffee table book because the cover and photographs inside are clear and beautiful. I was almost afraid to mishandle the book in fear of damaging the images. I do agree that the book ended somewhat abruptly since little was said of the 70's, 80's and 90's decades but 100 years is a lot of ground to cover.

Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was well thought out with excellent history details. But like all good books, I hated to see it end.
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By Landis Odoms on December 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you like those coffee table books and you are into cars, this is a great one to own. It is more complete than the 110 years of Cadillac book I rated elsewhere. I like the photos and more. You see the full Cadillac picture in this book.
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By my two cents on September 1, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A Christmas gift for my son who love Cadillacs. He loves the book and has owned two Cadillacs himself. Won't drive anything else.
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