New Cadillac by Gre...
Clear all

New Cadillac by Great Iconic Models

renato bardi
Trusted Member
Joined: 8 months ago
Posts: 84
Topic starter  
191918707 318387349785120 246441163317974246 n
51 cadillac 75 Limo dv 18 q 02 800

What do You think about ?

Rear door a bit strange to me ..

Ed Glorius, Jim McDonald, John Merritt and 1 people liked
John Sharisky
Eminent Member
Joined: 8 months ago
Posts: 42

 The wood trim mimics the (lower) rear compartment floor "walk-in" height of the '51 to '53 Fleetwood 75's:




 An almost invisible feature thanks to the mostly dark colors specified on these cars.

John Sharisky
Marlborough, Massachusetts USA

Graeme Ogg
Estimable Member Registered
Joined: 8 months ago
Posts: 136

Well, it's the depth of rear door on the real car that looks a bit strange to me! Almost looks like somebody hand-crafted a replacement door and miscalculated the depth. But maybe the car had a lowered rear sill to make access easier for arthritic rear seat passengers. Or maybe it was just a badly-judged stylistic gimmick.

Anyway, Great iconic Models seem to have "corrected" it, and it looks nicer to me, but obviously they were wrong.

p.s. Ah, I've just seen J. Sharisky's post. That odd "dropped door" detail looks much less glaring on the basic Fleetwood than it does on the woodie version.

This post was modified 2 months ago by Graeme Ogg

Estimable Member
Joined: 8 months ago
Posts: 123

Well, as usual, another bad model. This one is identified as a '51, when in fact it is a 1952 model.

1952 Cadillac Schwartz Body Front 1

This can be clearly identified by the gold Cadillac emblems under the headlights.

The second issue is the missing wood ribs on the roof. There appears to be 8 on the 1:1.


1952 Cadillac Schwartz Body 2


This Cadillac was customized by Pasadena-based Maurice Schwartz (formerly of Bowman & Schwartz and Murphy), and is believed to have been originally commissioned by the husband of a period movie actress, and was purchased in the mid-1950s by Gene Autry who owned it for more than 30 years.

John Quilter
Reputable Member
Joined: 8 months ago
Posts: 332

I think the real car needed another thin strip of wood below the front door to even out the front and rear doors.

John F. Quilter
Eugene, Oregon USA

Mike DeTorrice
Honorable Member
Joined: 8 months ago
Posts: 645

A big, impressive Cadillac ! The model looks great and would be a really nice one on display or to photograph.

Christopher Moroni
Estimable Member
Joined: 25 years ago
Posts: 162

Wow!  A tuff crowd.  IMO, that "drop-rear-door" was replicated adequately.  Why all the fuss?  Geez.... what would've been said if GIM failed to duplicate that "drop-door" all together? 

Estimable Member
Joined: 8 months ago
Posts: 123

That rear door was replicated properly. It was done so to permit rear passengers ease of entrance/exit.

However, the two issues I pointed out are deal breakers for me. The 1:1 is all over the internet and it is easy to see what needs to be done. These manufacturers continue to pump out poorly researched models because too many reviewers have no criticisms of them.

A good reviewer will note the good and the bad.

Elegance models made 30 years ago by hand are more true to the original than this new stuff.

Enough said.