JUNKYARD THERAPY: Two Cadillac Sevilles

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These two Sevilles show two very different approaches to prestige styling.

The picture above is of a 1970s Seville, and the one below is from the 1980s, with its retro “bustleback” trunk line. Each generation has its admirers, with some preferring the simplicity of the first gen and others leaning toward the baroque flourishes of the second.

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The car enthusiast in us who started driving in the 1980s was appalled by the fakery of the later Seville’s imitation cabriolet roof, because it stupidly intersects the bustleback line that runs from roof to bumper.

But now, we’re more forgiving. Maybe something is less offensive when it is actual junk.

While we’re focusing on the fakery of that ’80s Seville, check out those aftermarket trunk clamps.

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The clamps are complete with a stripe that appears to be a re-purposed rubberized side molding. It’s not protecting much from that high position on the trunk, but that not the point. Was this was the definition of luxury, where we just went sticking rubber stripes on surfaces?

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Functional but without purpose: like a bridge to nowhere, these clamps have nothing to secure.

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This Seville does not have the Elegante package and instead has the funereal button-pillow upholstery so common to Cadillac at the time.

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Lots of long and bulging straight lines defined luxury for the later Seville.

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Compare that to the door panel of the first-gen Seville, which goes for more vertical detailing. This particular Seville looks pretty beat.

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The earlier car has a simpler vinyl roof that’s not purporting to be a fold-down. Shame to see the emblems all clouded over.

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You bought the first Seville for status coupled with a more sensible size. You bought the second one for its singular style, at least until Chrysler and then Lincoln introduced their own bustlebacks.

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Sad to see these two Sevilles fall away, but it’s nice to know that their parts are feeding the survivors on the roads around us.

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